Howard University Hospital | Washington, DC

    Patient Care Technician - Nights

    Job Title
    Patient Care Technician - Nights
    Job ID
    Washington,  DC 20060
    Other Location

    With over 150 years of caring for our community and each other in the Washington DC area, Howard University Hospital has a world-renowned reputation for high-quality, patient-centric care. Howard University Hospital is the nation’s only teaching hospital located on the campus of a Historically Black University and has created a superior learning environment, with groundbreaking research and positive patient outcomes.
    Howard University Hospital seeks to hire a Patient Care Tech who will embrace our reach and historic tradition of excellence. If you want to make a difference in someone’s life every day, consider a position with a team of professionals who are doing just that, making a difference. 

    The Patient Care Tech:

    • Contributes to a positive work climate and overall effort of the hospital to provide excellent customer service.
    • Uses recognized channels of communication following the chain of command.
    • Consistently demonstrates competence in providing patient care routines in accordance with established nursing care procedures to ensure patient dignity, comfort, privacy and safety.
    • Adheres to nursing and administrative policies and procedures.
    • Under the direction of the RN, performs technical duties and selected treatments, procedures and activities which contribute to safe and efficient delivery of patient care:
      • Inserts intravenous lines/Heparin locks
      • Performs EKG's (telemetry monitoring)
      • Implement the patient plan of care under the supervision of licensed personnel.
      • Participates in discharge planning.
      • Reinforces the teaching of individuals and groups of patients.
      • Performs activities as assigned and demonstrates competency in them.
      • Performs blood draws
      • Assists patients to perform ADL's (bathing, dressing, toileting, and grooming).
      • Assists in use and care of assistive devices, prosthetics and or equipment.
      • Transfers and transports patients as desired.
      • Performs continual observation
      • Provides an accurate, thorough, and timely report of patient condition to health care personnel.
      • Organizes and prioritizes assignments to accommodate changing work situations under the guidance of licensed personnel.
      • Measures and records intake (fluid/food) and output (bodily functions/bodily drainage).
      • Observes and reports abnormal skin conditions following established policy and procedures. Assist in the care of patients at risk or with actual skin breakdown.
    • Identifies pain assessment needs with each vital signs and as needed and communicates as appropriate to RN.
    • Obtains point-of-care testing as ordered and or delegated by the RN: blood glucose, hemoccult, multistix, and urine HCG as appropriate for patient care unit.
    • Performs intentional hourly rounding and documents per unit requirements.
    • States normal parameters of treatments/procedures carried out in role. Reports to the nurse any observations, patient behaviors and other indicators which fall outside the stated normal parameters or directions given by RN.
    • Enters/retrieves information accurately and in a timely manner into electronic medical record (EMR).
    • Demonstrates knowledge of patient safety and fall prevention strategies.
    • Practice appropriate infection control procedures (ie. Proper hand hygiene, gowning and gloving, isolation techniques).
    • Accompanies patients to other areas of the hospital when patient appropriate and as requested by the RN.
    • Collaborates with nurse to assist in the development and ongoing evaluation of the patient’s plan of care and development of discharge plan.
    • Maintains credentialing needs and skills necessary to work in a technician role on their unit.
    • Ensures the patient environment is clean and clutter-free.
    • Reports unsafe conditions to Supervisor in a timely manner
    • Acts in a positive professional manner, utilizing good interpersonal relationships.
    • Maintains patient confidentiality and privacy.
    • Maintains ethical/legal standards.
    • Participates in the unit-specific quality teams and committees as assigned.
    • Exhibits fiscal accountability through cost-effective use of time, materials, supplies, and other resources.
    Qualified candidates will possess:

    • High school graduate or equivalent
    • 2+ years of experience  in a hospital setting as a Patient Care Technician
    • BLS/CPR certification required

    At Howard University Hospital our job is to care for you. We do this by offering:

    • Work-life balance
    • Recognition and rewards for professional expertise
    • Competitive, comprehensive benefit plans offered (including health, disability, vacation, sick leave, and 403B retirement plan)


    Required Skills

    High school graduate or equivalent
    2+ years of experience  in a hospital setting as a Patient Care Technician
    BLS/CPR certification required

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