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UPMC Patient Care Technician I - Evenings /5E Nursing in Altoona, Pennsylvania


Patient Care Technician I

5E Nursing

FT evenings 40/wk .1.0



Are you looking for an entry level patient support position to start and grow a rewarding healthcare career? UPMC Altoona is hiring a full time Patient Care Technician to help support our Nursing Station.

We are now offering an eight-day training course for entry level candidates to learn and demonstrate the skills needed to be a successful Patient Care Technician at UPMC Altoona. Apply now to learn more!

As a Patient Care Technician I, you will provide routine patient care and support services in accordance with established policies and procedures, and as may be directed by the nurse or physician, to assure that the highest degree of quality patient care is maintained at all times.


  • Demonstrates awareness of behavior on the efficient functioning of the department.

  • Complies with safety policies and procedures including standard precautions and understand policies and procedures for blood borne pathogen exposure.

  • Assures equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department.

  • Establishes appropriate and effective communication strategies.

  • Responds within the scope of the nursing assistant role to emergent situations.

  • Takes action to improve knowledge, skills, and performance.

  • Provides feedback to the RN regarding patient care and report changes in patient status.

  • Strictly adheres to all policies and practices relative to patient care and hospital related information.

  • Assumes responsibility for assignment and views problems as challenges.

  • Identifies and communicates learning needs to the unit director.

  • Establishes professional and respectful interpersonal relationships.

  • Maintains an environment conducive to patient safety and recovery including, but not limited to, completing safety checks, keeping the department and patient rooms clean and organized, cleaning department specific equipment, changing bed linens, emptying linen hampers, keeping hallways clear of equipment and returning equipment.

  • Requests assistance in planning and prioritizing activities as needed. Participate in self-review as requested by the unit director.

  • Suggests and support changes within the department.

  • Contributes to the universal unit activities including, but not limited to, responding to call lights and telephones, passing meal trays, and transporting patients.

  • Provides direct patient care as directed by the RN including all activities of daily living such as bathing, feeding, transporting, toileting and ambulating patients.

  • Acquires and distribute supplies and equipment to facilitate patient care delivery including, but not limited to, performing messenger functions, ordering, charging/crediting supplies, setting up patient care equipment within the scope of the nursing assistant position and stocking patient rooms and unit supply areas.

  • Performs routine tests such as blood glucose monitoring, patient weights, vital signs and I&Os.

  • Constructively receives feedback and direction.

  • Provides companionship/supervision one in one with patients as required.

  • Delivers patient nourishments, fill water pitchers and distribute patient mail.

  • May apply, monitor, and remove patient restraints as per physician or hospital protocol. Provide diversion activities to reduce or prevent use of restraints.

  • Documents in the medical record according to established procedures.



  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • If no previous hospital or pre-hospital training, successful completion of UPMC patient care technician class OR successful completion of the first year of clinical work in a nursing program.

  • Successful completion of basic information system training.

  • Microcomputer experience preferred.

  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Paramedic or currently enrolled in an EMT or Paramedic program preferred.

  • Access to medications is limited to the distribution of the medication to the nurse. Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal

  • Act 33 with renewal

  • Act 34 with renewal

  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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