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Patient Care Companion-Nsg Ofc

Req #:  200953
Facility:  Lutheran General Hospital
Department:  Clinical Support
City:  Park Ridge
Posting Budget Status:  PM
Shift Type:  Full Time - Permanent
Posting FTE:  1

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is the leading health care provider in Chicago’s North and Northwest suburbs offering a Level I Trauma Center, access to national clinical trials and advanced medical technologies. As a nationally recognized academic and research hospital, patients have access to the most advanced treatment in the areas of cardiology, cancer, neurosciences, orthopedics and women’s health. Lutheran General Hospital is a member of Advocate Health Care, Illinois’ largest health care system and one of the nation’s Top 10 Health Care systems.

Site:  Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge

Unit:  Float Pool

Hours:  PM shift  3:00 pm to 11:30 pm

Status:  Full Time

 

Position Requirements:
High school diploma or GED equivalent. Good communication skills.

Current CPR
Courteous and professional interpersonal skills.
Highly compassionate.
Basic reading skills.
Ability to demonstrate a commitment to patient~focused care.
Ability to work in a fast~paced environment with established time constraints and in difficult situations.
May be exposed to hazardous materials and life~threatening diseases.
Ability to perform lifting/transfer activities related to patients (up to 50 lbs. may be required).
Ability to work designated shifts including weekends and holidays.
Ability to transport objects from one location to another.
This position needs to recognize needs and behaviors of specific age groups of patients treated.


If position has direct patient care or direct patient contact the following lifting requirement supersedes any previous lifting requirement effective 06/01/2015. Ability to lift up to 35 pounds without assistance. For patient lifts of over 35 pounds, or when patient is unable to assist with the lift, patient handling equipment is expected to be used, with at least one other associate, when available. Unique patient lifting/movement situations will be assessed on a case~by~case basis.

Purpose:
To provide continuous safety observation of patients identified to be at risk for causing injury to him/herself or to others. To function under the supervision of the registered nurse in providing general patient care in accordance with the individualized needs of the patient, and the standards of practice within the guidelines of the Illinois Nurse Practice Act and the mission and philosophy of Advocate.

The Patient Care Companion recognizes the needs and behaviors of patients of various age groups and provides care in a manner that is age appropriate. The Patient Care Companion strives for patient~centered care which assures that the patient is treated holistically with dignity and respect.


Accountabilities:
Ensures a secure and safe environment by maintaining a continued awareness of safety hazards and observation of the patient.
Provides general patient care duties that are specific to the patient(s) served as directed by the registered nurse.
Performs tasks related to meeting the nutritional needs of the patient.
Performs tasks related to meeting the nutritional needs of the patient.
Contributes to the patient plan of care through the documentation of communication of patient needs and outcomes to the health care provider as appropriate.
Performs tasks related to maintaining the integrity of patient care standards and efficient unit operations.

About Advocate Health Care

 

Advocate Health Care, named among the nation’s Top 5 large health systems based on quality by Truven Analytics, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 12 hospitals that encompass 11 acute care hospitals, the state’s largest integrated children’s network, the state’s largest emergency and Level I trauma network, one of the area’s largest home health care companies, and the region’s largest medical group. Advocate Health Care has 4 teaching hospitals and is a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ.