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Wellforce Patient Care Safety Aide in Boston, Massachusetts

To ensure a safe environment for patients at risk, this position provides observation of patients in the emergency department and on inpatient units.

Responsibilities: Obtains reports from the nurse on the unit prior to entering the patient's room. The report should include the reason the patient requires observation. Actively observes the patient and notifies the patient's nurse when the patient requires attention or has a change in behavior or appearance. Provides toileting and hygiene needs as instructed. Obtains nurse's signature at end of shift and returns verification of patient observation card to the Nursing Office. Returns to the Nursing Office if the patient no longer requires a patient care safety aide as indicated by the nurse. Maintains a safe environment for the patient throughout the shift. Report nonfunctioning equipment and other environment problem to the nursing staff. Observes standard precaution at all times. Demonstrates/applies the skills necessary to interact with the health care team in regards to the implementation of the medical/nursing plan of care. Accepts assignments positively and resolves issues in a mature manner. Promotes open communication with the nursing staff to ensure a positive work environment. Behaves in a kind and courteous manner to patients, families and staff. Accepts constructive feedback in behavior and effects a positive change in a timely manner. Influences others by establishing a climate for optimal patient care, mutually supportive collegial relationships and professional development. Maintains attendance standard. Takes breaks/lunch when nursing staff on the unit can accommodate coverage for the patient. Maintain positive customer relations in all interactions. Arrives to work on time and remains until the end of assigned shift. Adheres to dress code, gray scrub tops and bottoms.

Responsibilities: High school diploma or equivalent required. Completion of Nursing Assistant certification, Medical Assistant certification, or home health aide program required. BLS certification required. EMS and nursing students welcome to apply. Previous patient care experience in a hospital or nursing home is preferred but is not required. Ability to observe patient according to patient care safety aide guidelines and competencies. Ability to provide hygiene and toileting needs to patients they are observing. Ability to effectively communicate patient needs or changes to the nursing team. Possesses and applies the skills and knowledge necessary to provide care to patients throughout the life span, with consideration of aging process, human development stages and cultural patterns in each step of the care process. Has the skills and knowledge to provide care to various age groups including: Knowledge of growth and development Providing age appropriate communication Working conditions include prolonged sitting or walking. Exposure to sick patients, bodily substances and other transmissible infections. Subjected to irregular work hours. Must remain alert and engaged in observing patient. Lifts, positions, pushes and/or transfers patients. Contact with patients under wide variety of circumstances. Subject to varying and unpredictable situations. May have contact with hazardous materials.

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