PATIENT CARE TECH (TEMP)

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Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components:  patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.  

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

Responsibilities*

BASIC FUNCTION AND RESPONSIBILITY

Under direct supervision from a Registered Nurse or other designated supervision, provides direct patient care and assists in the maintenance of a safe environment that supports patient care needs.   

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES

                Observation/Monitoring

  • Obtains vital signs, temperature, height/length, weight, oxygen saturation and pain scores; reports abnormal values to RN.  Obtains other measurements (i.e., head circumference, abdominal girth) per unit standard. 
  • Utilizes palpation/auscultation and Doppler to determine heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Observes, monitors and reports the overt physical condition of assigned patient(s).
  • Measures and records intake and output including from drains
  • Functions as a sitter.
  • Assists physician/provider during diagnostic procedures; assists and supports patient before and during procedures; assists in specimen collection. 
  • Responds to monitor alarms.
  • Reapplies pulse ox probe.

 

Specimen Collection

  • Performs point of care blood glucose testing; maintains and calibrates equipment and supplies. 
  • Collects specimens, including urine, stool, sputum and swabs
  • Initiates, maintains and records 24-hour urine collection. 
  • Transports blood and laboratory specimens.

 

Intravenous Lines

  • Discontinues peripheral IV’s.
  • Removes peripheral IV dressings.

 

Patient ADLs

  • Assists patients with, or administers routine personal hygiene including baths, oral care, skin care.
  • Performs oral suctioning utilizing Yankauer tips, suction toothbrushes and oral care sponges.
  • Performs preventative skin care, pre-operative preps, perineal care.
  • Provides toileting/bedpan/urinal; remove/empty foley catheters.
  • Accompanies, escorts, ambulates, moves, turns, dangles, lifts, transports and attends/holds/positions patients. 
  • Assists with range of motion; applies rehabilitation equipment; releases and applies devices, i.e., wheelchair seatbelt, adaptive equipment, etc., in accordance with specific instructions, to position patients to limit movements.
  • Provides patient nourishment by performing such duties as passing and collecting trays, providing snacks/beverages, assists with ordering meals/snacks; feeds patients.

Urinary Catheters

  • Connects, drains and disconnects urinary catheters.
  • Discontinues urinary catheters.
  • Applies condom catheter.
  • Performs clean urinary catheterizations.
  • Determines bladder status with Bladder Scanner.

Enemas/Suppositories

  • Applies external Fecal Incontinence Device (FID) bags.

 

Wound Care

  • Cleanses and redresses non-sterile wounds.
  • Applies binders, ACE wraps, hot and cold applications; provides soaks and special baths.
  • Assists RN with complex dressing changes.

 

Respiratory Care

  • Assist with tracheostomy care on stable tracheotomies including such duties as cleaning and redressing area; assisting with tape and tie changes. 
  • Assist with P&PD by holding the patient. 
  • Coach/prompt patient to use incentive spirometer, and in coughing and deep breathing.

 

Other Interventions

  • Measures and obtains TED hose; applies Sequential Compression Devices.
  • Performs post-mortem care and transports deceased patients to the morgue/pathology.
  • Responds to call lights and alarms; answer unit telephone and relay messages prn.
  • Empties and measures drainage collection and emesis.
  • Assists RN with admissions, discharges, and transfers.
  • Provides skin care at the direction of the RN, applying select topical emollients containing medication (i.e., cortisones, tar, silvidine, butt cream, and dermatology lotions).
  •  Initiates emergency care utilizing the “ABC’s”—Airway, Breathing, Circulation.
  • Transports materials, supplies, medications, specimens, patient belongings, equipment and medical records.
  • Performs patient care comfort-safety rounds per unit routine.
  • Assists with application and maintains restraints.
  • Documents care provided. 

 

Environment

  • Stocks supplies and equipment in patient care spaces. 
  • Sets up patient rooms for admission or procedure.
  • Makes up beds with linen, changes bed linens and linen hamper during patient stay.
  • Maintains orderliness of the patient room and unit, including equipment/cords, linen, trash, patient belongings, etc.
  • Cleans and maintains inventory and outdates of equipment and supplies in patient care spaces. 
  • Cleans assigned equipment and areas of work. 
  • Checks emergency equipment.

Required Qualifications*

  • Required:  High school diploma, GED or equivalent, ability to read and write,  and one of the following:

    • Junior status in an accredited BSN program
    • 2nd year in accredited ADN program
    • Bachelors Degree in Applied Medical Science
    • a minimum 1-year recent experience in an unlicensed assistive role in a patient care setting, such as nurse aide in a hospital setting
    • a minimum two years experience in in an unlicensed assistive role in a patient care setting in a nursing home or other health care environment
  • Must be able to perform a wide range of physical activities which include moving, transporting and positioning patients and equipment as well as constantly positioning self to provide patient care and related duties.

Desired Qualifications*

Certification as a Nurse Aid or Medical Assistant, recent experience in an acute care inpatient setting, and basic computer skills desired.

Work Schedule

This position is for all shift

Night/Days/Eves

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.