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Mercy Health (Multiple Locations) Patient Care Associate F/T Nights in Saint Louis, Missouri

We're a Little Different Our mission is clear. We bring to life a healing ministry through our compassionate care and exceptional service.At Company , we believe in careers that match the unique gifts of unique individuals - careers that not only make the most of your skills and talents, but also your heart. Join us and discover why Modern Healthcare Magazine named us in its "Top 100 Places to Work."Overview: Under the direction of the RN or LPN, assists in the individualized care of the patient to achieve the patient's highest level of wellness. Works cooperatively with others as part of a team; recognizes the importance of group goals. Performs designated clinical procedures and nonclinical support tasks essential to providing care to the patient. Assists in unit operational support tasks or duties. ResponsibilitiesSafety/Risk Management:a. Demonstrates knowledge of and practices sound infection control techniques.b. Assesses safety needs and provides for a safe environment: Fall Precautions; Restraint Management; Patient Identification; Unit/Departmental Specific Policiesc. Labels and properly secures guest s/patient s personal property.d. Adheres to hospital wide safety regulations.e. Performs equipment safety checks and reports faulty equipment/initiates repair.f. Follows policy/procedure for completion of incident reports.g. Follows confidentiality policy/procedure.h. Complies with patient rights/regulations.Coordination of Services:a. Assists in the orientation of new/float personnel.b. Acquires adequate supplies to perform daily care.c. Acquires, sets up, and properly disposes of equipment for special procedures abd discharge roomsd. Prioritizes appropriately and utilizes good judgement in use of time.e. Participates in QI activities that ensure and enhance quality of patient care.f.. Maintains work area by performing the following activities:-procures necessary forms/supplies as needed for unit and patient care needs.-maintains accurate census information and updates electronic bed board/daily log.g. Coordinates workflow by communicating to the appropriate personnel in a timely manner.Primary Aspects:a. Administers daily hygiene measures.b. Performs routine daily activities: ambulation, passes trays, snacks, water, feeds patients, turns andpositions patients, observes for skin breakdown.c. Gathers and records patient data and documents in EMR.d. Performs bedside glucose testing.e. Observes changes or unusual occurrences in patient condition and reports them immediately to theappropriate personnel.f. Provides patients and their families with explanation of care and psychological support under the directionof the nurse.g. Participates in the admission, discharge and transfer of patients and their belongings.h. Applies knowledge of cost effectiveness without jeopardizing patient outcomes.i. Demonstrates flexibility regarding workload, assignments and change.j. Maintains EMR:k. Verifies that appropriate charges have been documented and entered into the computer.l. Assures all patient charges/credits/accommodation codes are entered appropriately.m. Completion of charge entry for complex procedures IV infusions and departmental supplies.n. Completes the charge reconciliation process. Communication Management:a. Accepts delegation of tasks.b. Communicates with other members of the HCT to optimize the care of the patient.c. Supports downtime of EMR by planning/preparation as directed.d. Utilizes telephone/pager system and nurse call system efficiently.e. Greets visitors and family members when arrive on unit. Technology:a. Performs unit specific computer/printer functions.b. Utilizes and troubleshoots fax machine, copier and tube systemQualifications: Education: High school diploma, G.E.D. and/or current co-worker of Company . Successful completion of Basic Skills I course within one month of hire or transfer.Certifications: BLS certification. CPR required.Other: In depth knowledge of braces used within the trauma service an