Patient Care Associate, Per Diem Rotating Shift - 2 South at Spaulding Hospital-Boston & Cambridge(SRN,SRH,SHC)

Posted in Other 15 days ago.

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Job Description:


Under the direction of a registered/licensed nurse (RN), the PCA as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team assists in clinical support functions to promote a safe, compassionate patient care environment.


1.Assists with meeting direct patient care needs

2.Consistently fosters a healing environment with respect and kindness demonstrating respect for all individuals with sensitivity to cultural diversity

3.Contributes to the plan of care through ongoing communication with the RN

4.Assists with patient data and specimen collection

5.Assists with equipment preparation and set up

6.Supports a Culture of Safety by providing a safe and comfortable patient/family experience where risks are reduced and/or eliminated

6.1.Completes hourly patient care rounds, anticipating patient needs proactively

6.2.Maintains patient and family privacy and confidentiality

6.3.Responds to patient and family requests, including answering patient call lights in a timely manner

6.4.Seeks registered nurse assistance to meet patient/family needs when necessary.

6.5.Communicates in a respectful manner with all members of the interdisciplinary team

6.6.Monitors patient and environment for safety concerns and immediately reports changes to RN/licensed nurse

6.7.Maintains a safe and clean patient care environment

6.8.Follows Infection Prevention Practices

a.Proper hand washing demonstrated 100% of the time

b.Utilizes 2 patient identifiers for proper patient identification prior to all specimen collections

6.9 Follows Safe Patient Handling principles to maintain safety for both patients and staff

7.Documents aspects of care on approved forms or electronic medical record

8.Participates as a member of the Interdisciplinary team to meet patient/family and unit/department needs

9.Proactively provides assistance to others

10.Performs delegated responsibilities and demonstrates willingness to adapt to changing unit demands

11.Provides care appropriate to age group of patients on assigned unit(s) as described in the relevant unit profiles

12.Mentoring and teaching is provided for new PCAs to meet performance expectations

13.Other duties as assigned

In collaboration with the Nursing Manager/Director and Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nursing Practice Specialist/Nursing Professional Development Specialist identifies and meets learning needs. Completes annual required training and updates knowledge through periodic inservices.

Direct Patient Care:

• Assists with activities of daily living (i.e. personal hygiene/grooming, bathing/showering, toileting, dressing, and functionality/mobility)

• Sets up food trays and assist patients with meals as indicated

•Performs preventative skin care

• Assists patients with positioning, turning, mobilization, ambulation, passive and active range of motion per plan of care

• Applies/removes pneumatic sequential compression sleeves

• Adheres to standard precautions

• Adheres to hand hygiene guidelines

• Assists with admission/discharge process

• Provides safe patient transportation

• Orients patients and families/visitors to surroundings

• Ensures safekeeping of patient valuables including packing and storing

• Checks patients for ID bands, and notifies nurse if replacement is needed

Patient Data and Specimen Collection:

• Utilizes 2 patient identifiers for proper patient identification prior to all specimen collections

• Obtains and records vital signs, pulse oximetry and non-invasive B/P and immediately reports changes to RN/licensed nurse

• Performs blood glucose testing


• Retrieves equipment from other areas

• Cleans equipment between patient use

• Follows equipment management protocols on assigned unit for patient use:

• Cardiac monitors

• Portable oxygen cylinder

• Nasal cannula/face mask

• Pulse oximeter and probe

• Suction canister-liner system

• Patient lifting equipment

• Scales: Standing/Chair/Wheelchair

• Provides a Safe and Comfortable Patient/Family experience

• Adheres to service excellence standards during care provision with respectful, courteous, culturally sensitive care

• Responds to call lights in a timely manner and prioritizes call light response appropriately

• Participates in hourly rounding per unit protocol

• Provides constant observation for patients at risk for injury in person or virtually

• Reapplies soft restraints/roll belt per unit protocol

• Uses principles of Safe Patient Handling

Documentation on Approved Forms and in Medical Record

• Records intake of fluids and food

• Records height and weight

• Records output of urine, stool, vomitus, and drain output

• Records vital signs, pulse oximetry and noninvasive BPs

• Records blood glucose results





• Certification as a Nursing Assistant at time of hire required at McLean Hospital Geriatric/Psych Unit and at the Partners Academic Medical Centers including MGH, BWH, and BWFH, NSMC - Union Hospital only

• Certification as a Nursing Assistant at time of hire within the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network or within 120 days of employment and must remain active thereafter, OR

• Nursing student currently enrolled in a formal nursing program who has successfully completed at least one clinical rotation

• Certified Nursing Assistants employed as of June 1, 2018 with ten (10) or more years of service in this role are exempt from this requirement except for SRB which requires certification due to mandated DPH regulatory requirements.




• None


• None


Minimum Required:

High school diploma, GED or equivalent



EEO Statement

SRN is committed to diversity in the workplace which begins with respect and opportunity for all. PHH takes affirmative action to ensure that equal employment opportunity is provided to all persons regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age, ancestry, veteran status, disability or any other basis that would be inconsistent with any applicable ordinance or law.

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