Inpatient Patient Care Technician
Shepherd Center

Atlanta, Georgia

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Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions.

Join us in our mission to help people with a temporary or permanent disability, rebuild their lives with hope, independence and dignity, advocating for their full inclusion in all aspects of community life.

At Shepherd Center, you'll discover a diverse and inclusive environment, enlightened leadership, a culture of teamwork, professionalism and mutual respect. If you are seeking career advancement, continuing education opportunities coupled with a welcoming and fun workplace, competitive compensation and employment benefits, visit our careers page to explore current openings.

The Patient Care Technician PCT provides basic care to patients, performing all job functions in an ethical manner and ensuring patient safety, privacy, dignity, and confidentiality. This role also provides daily comfort measures and interactions with patients to create a positive care environment and experience. The PCT coordinates patient care with the Registered Nurse (RN), including effectively observing and communicating changes in patients' conditions to the RN and responding appropriately to emergency situations.

The Patient Care Technician interacts with and contributes to the professional development and image of all unit staff practicing in a Shared Governance model of nursing practice. The role is responsible for performing a comprehensive list of core skills applicable to the role and our environment and practicing standard precaution and isolation procedures to maintain a safe and healthy environment for patients, visitors, and staff.

Why Shepherd Center
We have an exciting opportunity for you to join Shepherd Center which is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 BEST rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. Shepherd is the only rehabilitation facility in the nation with an intensive care unit and medical components on-stie, allowing us to begin the rehabilitation process sooner than other rehabilitation hospitals.

We have a vast array of opportunities ranging from Nursing, Clinical, to Finance, IT, Administrative, Research and Support Services to name a few. Across all departments, you'll find career opportunities that support diversity, equity and inclusion. At Shepherd Center, we invest in you with opportunities for growth and development and our benefits and compensation package are highly competitive. We invite you to be a part of our team where you'll discover a culture of teamwork, professionalism, mutual respect, and most importantly, a life-changing career!

  • Provides personal direct care for patients in collaboration with the RN. Observes and effectively communicate changes in patient's condition to the RN and responds appropriately to emergency situations.
  • Utilizes a consistent, patient-focused care approach to meet patient needs and demonstrate initiatives to utilize a holistic approach to identify patient needs. Assists with the patient dining process by serving meals/feeding. Instructs patients in self-care and instrumental activities of daily living to provide skill practice including but not limited to bathing, dressing and daily grooming activities.
  • Supports the plan of care by carrying out and recording specific nursing care procedures such as bowel program procedures, emptying catheter, measuring and recording intake and output, measuring with gain or loss, and providing emotional support and encouragement to all patients and families.
  • Prepares and maintains a record of observations and care given. Documents information clearly and completely utilizing correct forms/systems in a timely manner according to Center policy.
  • Screens and interviews patients.
  • Measures and documents vital signs.
  • Monitors and supports patient progress.
  • Prepares patients for tests, therapy, and other activities.
  • Demonstrates competency in time management, organization, prioritization and critical thinking by planning and organizing work assignments and prioritizing the specific needs of the patients.
  • Uses body, tools, or special devices to safely, effectively, and efficiently to move, guide, or place patients. Involves some latitude for judgement with regard to precision attained ad the selection of what adaptive device(s) to use.
  • Serves as clinical preceptor for new staff/students or shadowing experience for prospective new employees.
  • Practices positive and engaging professional behavior.
  • Respects patient's privacy and confidentiality with every interaction as per HIPAA regulations.
  • Adheres to patient/family centered principles using the communication and engagement tools (OARS/AIDECT).
  • Establishes relationships with other PCTs on a daily basis in order to efficiently complete duties, providing consistent patient care.
  • Performs consistent with Shepherd Center standards, clinical policies, and procedures.
  • Ensures appropriate usage of supplies and proper charging. Manages linen, supplies, etc. appropriately.
  • Participates in staff recruitment and new employee onboarding efforts, as applicable.
  • Practices proper safety techniques in accordance with Center and departmental policies and procedures. Responsible for the reporting of employee/patient/visitor injuries or accidents, or other safety issues to the supervisor and in the occurrence notification system.
  • Performs other duties as required/requested/assigned.
  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • No professional certifications required. Certified Nursing Assistant CNA preferred.
  • One (1) year hospital or long term care experience preferred; or nursing school students with one (1) semester of clinical instruction, LPN, or equivalent experience.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Ability to take exceptional care of patients by providing multi-skilled direct patient care as delegated by the RN.
  • Highly motivated with a positive attitude.
  • Takes responsibility for growing professionally and seek opportunities for improving skills.
  • Communicates effectively using timely verbal, non-verbal and written communication.
  • Willingly adapts to changing work demands and work environment.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking skills and makes sound judgments to monitor and respond to patient needs or changes in condition.
  • Maintain congenial working relationships with RNs and others.
  • Completes orientation and initial assessment of competency successfully by determined due date.
  • Completes mandatory education and annual competency assessment requirements by determined due date.
  • Certified Nursing Assistant CNA
  • Previous experience with patients with SCI, TBI, and/or mental health preferred.
  • Ability to transfer and position patients, consistent with lifting up to 35 lbs.
  • Normal patient care environment.
  • Some potential for exposure to blood and body fluids.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel so classified.

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