Oct 23, 2020

PATIENT SUPPORT ASSOCIATE

  • Hospital for Special Care
  • New Britain, CT, USA

Job Description

Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is the fourth largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospital in the U.S. and one of only two in the nation serving both adults and children. Located in New Britain and Hartford, we operate on a not-for-profit basis.

Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders, spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure and comprehensive inpatient and outpatient treatment for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.

  • QUALIFICATIONS
    • Required: Ability to work independently
    • Required: Ability to read, write and understand directions in English.
    • Required: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
    • Preferred: One year work experience with special needs population.
    • Preferred: Basic computer knowledge.
    • Preferred: CPI or Safety Care
  • JOB SUMMARY
    • The Patient Support Associate provides safe and appropriate non-skilled therapeutic interventions as assigned. Tasks focus on patient supervision to ensure patient safety, transport of patients in preparation for treatment, obtaining/preparing equipment necessary for patient care and maintaining a clean environment. The Patient Support Associate may also perform other clerical duties within the staffing office as assigned.
  • PHYSICAL DEMANDS
    • Ability to tolerate up to four hours of consecutive work. Endurance for up to one and one-half hour periods of constant sitting and one hour periods of independent mobility. Ability to safely transfer patients and provide contact guarding or hands-on assistance. Ability to lift or carry objects up to 10 pounds continuously, to 20 pounds frequently, and up to 40 pounds frequently for patient transfers and bed mobility. Ability to push/pull up to 50 pounds frequently throughout the day for patient transport and mobility activities. Frequent need to initiate body positional changes to access equipment from high and low areas and while providing treatment interventions. Functional fine and gross motor skills and upper extremity sensation needed. Intact vision needed for observation of patient's non-verbal responses and skin assessment. Must be able to initiate and interpret communication with patient and others.
  • COGNITIVE DEMANDS
    • Job requires the application of previously acquired knowledge. It also requires flexibility of thought, reasoning, organizational skills and the ability to act in some new or unfamiliar situations. Selective attention and concentration are necessary to complete tasks.
    • Job requires basic formulation, content, syntax and spelling to complete tasks. Only simple sentence or very short paragraph expression is necessary.
    • Job requires spontaneous communication and the ability to receive and convey messages.
    • Job requires an ability to comprehend lengthy messages or paragraphs and to follow multistage and three step commands.
    • Task requires ability to add and subtract two digit numbers. Multiply and divide 10’s and 100’s by 2, 3, 4, and 5. Perform basic arithmetic operations.
  • ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
    • Assists in lifting, transporting, turning, guarding and overall patient handling utilizing proper body mechanics and safety awareness.
    • Provides observation and direct assistance with patient activities as assigned under direction of licensed nurse.
    • Demonstrates competency in utilizing patient related equipment as directed.
    • Observes and reports changes in patient condition to appropriate team members
    • Provide set up and or feed assistance during meal times.
    • Assists with maintaining the orderliness and cleanliness of unit areas.
    • Documents assigned tasks accurately and in a timely manner using appropriate formats.
    • Orders patient equipment/supplies as directed.
    • Obtains, organizes and cleans equipment and supplies as directed
    • Monitors available stock and maintains neat, orderly storage of equipment/supplies on the unit as assigned.
    • Provides set-up and clean -up of treatment areas (i.e. pillows, linens, mats, treatment tables, etc.)
    • Performs miscellaneous clerical and staffing office duties as needed.
    • Prioritizes tasks in order to complete assignments seeking supervisory guidance as needed.

At HSC, we are a family. Each person who is a part of our team of over 1,000 employees and volunteers offers unique talents and perspectives. We all believe in keeping the same shared value of making our patients the center of what we do. By combining all of our unique skills and shared values we are able to make a positive difference in the lives of our patients.

We are dedicated to creating an environment of care and engagement that makes us one of the most desirable places to work. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and offer a competitive benefits package.