Nationwide Children's Hospital

  • Patient Care Assistant - Summer Nurse Extern Program

    Posted Date 1 week ago(1/14/2019 10:52 AM)
    Requisition ID
    Nursing Support
  • Overview

    The moment you walk through our doors, you can feel it. When you meet one of our patient families, you believe it. And when you talk with anyone who works here, you want to be part of it, too. Welcome to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where Passion Meets Purpose.

    Here, Everyone Matters. We’re 12,000 strong. And it takes every single one of us to improve the lives of the kids we care for, and the kids from around the world we’ll never even meet. Kids who are living healthier, fuller lives because of the knowledge we share. We know it takes a Collaborative Culture to deliver on our promise to provide the very best, innovative care and to foster new discoveries, made possible by the most groundbreaking research. Anywhere.

    Ask anyone with a Nationwide Children’s badge what they do for a living. They’ll tell you it’s More Than a Job. It’s a calling. It’s a chance to use and grow your talent to make an impact that truly matters. Because here, we exist simply to help children everywhere.

    Nationwide Children’s Hospital. A Place to Be Proud.

    The Summer Nurse Extern program is a 12-week program providing temporary, full-time employment (36-40 hours/week) as a Patient Care Assistant for BSN Nursing Students that are within 12 months of graduation. The program will run May 6-August 3. Mandatory orientation is held in the evening May 6th-May 10th from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. or day shift May 13th-May 20th 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The program offers 24 hours of education activities (June 5, June 26, July 10), an assigned RN preceptor, and opportunities for career development.  Attendance is required at all events. 

    To be qualified, students must be currently enrolled in a nationally accredited nursing program (ACEN or CCNE), have a 3.0 GPA or above (unofficial transcript required), and at least 2 "excellent" references from recent clinical instructors in a hospital setting.  Students must have completed 2 clinical rotations in a hospital setting, not to include Community, Psych or Long-Term care rotations.

    Opportunities exist in the following areas: NICU, PICU, General Surgery, General Medicine, Cardiac Care, Cardiology Clinic, Surgery Center Main Campus, Surgery Center Westerville, Neuroscience, Emergency Department Main Campus, Endo/Renal/GI Unit, Hematology/Oncology, Medical Surgical Unit, Inpatient Psychiatry Unit.  Positions are limited. 

    Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. Thursday, February 28. Please indicate anticipated date of graduation on your application. Due to volume of applications anticipated, we will be unable to contact applicants who are not extended an offer to interview.

    This year we are asking applicants to write an essay in 250 words or less on why you want to be a Summer Nurse Extern for Nationwide Children's Hospital and how this experience will beneift your career development. Please attach your essay along with your resume to your application.  Please upload your essay with your resume as one document and we will request your unofficial transcript from you when we speak with you.  References will be requested later in the interviewing process.

    Minimum hourly rate: $12.019/hr




    1. Collects, documents, and reports the following data:

    a. Vital signs Temperature (oral, axillary, rectal); pulse (apical and radial); respirations; blood pressure or mean arterial pressure using the non-invasive automatic blood pressure machine.

    b. Heights, weights, head circumference and abdominal girth.

    c. Oxygen saturation.

    d. In the outpatient setting, completes screening questions, transcribing patient or families responses into the medical record such as:

    i. Allergies

    ii. Pain

    iii. Psychosocial

    iv. Cultural

    v. Nutrition


    2. Provides basic supportive care:

    a. Hygiene: (bath, shampoos, mouth care).

    b. Bed making and keeping patient room clean and orderly

    c. Nutrition: Oral feedings; gravity tube feedings (G-tube, OG or NG-- placement must be checked by a RN or LPN prior to initiation of feeding using an OG or NG tube). When using an enteral feeding pump, the Patient Care Assistant can fill the bag and prime the tubing. The LPN or RN must set the rate and initiate the feeding. Measures intake. Delivers and collects meal trays and record I & O, calorie counts.

    d. Mobility: Assists with transfer (wheelchair, etc.) Ambulates patients.

    e. Elimination: Assists with urinary catheter insertion. Performs peri-carefor patients with an indwelling urinary catheter per hospital policy. Empties catheter bag. Measures output (from catheter bag or collection device). Empties urine or stool.

    f. Provides basic skin care and applies NCH approved over the counter skin products that provide a protective barrier to prevent skin breakdown.

    g. Repositions patients and documents per NCH Skin Risk Protocol.

    h. Performs constant attendant responsibilities for patients.

    i. Cares for patients with restraints and documents observations per policy.

    j. Promotes general patient safety.

    k. Provides post mortem care.


    3. Performs the following procedures:

    a. Specimen collection: (urine for urinalysis and culture, stool for stool studies, sputum for culture, gastric drainage, blood by capillary puncture). .

    b. Specimen testing per unit policy.

    c. Cast/traction/pin care.

    d. Simple (clean/non-sterile) dressing changes: band aid, established G-tube site. Covers surgical wounds for shower

    e. Provides established ostomy site care (change bag, clean site).

    f. Holds, positions patient and assists with procedures (examples: IV insertion, lumbar puncture, chest tube insertion and removal).

    g. Observes and reports appearance of peripheral IV site.

    h. Gathers/opens/sets up supplies (including sterile trays) to assist RN/Care Manager and others.

    i. Gathers tubing for both peripheral IVs and central venous catheters (does not include assembly, spiking bag or priming tubing).

    j. Observes heat or cold applications: for example heating/cooling blanket, ice packs, heat lamp. Reports observations to RN.

    k. Assists with prescribed respiratory therapy activities: oral and nasal bulb suctioning.

    l. Assists patient to cough and deep breathe (ex: spirometer) and documents.

    m. Assists with oxygen therapy: sets up tubing and nasal cannula/mask.

    n. Attaches patients to the pulse oximeter according to policy.

    o. Assists with prescribed physical therapy activities: (under direction of licensed physical therapist). Performs specific range of motion exercises.

    p. Uses approved equipment safely and appropriately.

    q. Transports patients to other departments/areas of the hospital (x-ray, MRI, etc) per hospital policy. The RN/Care Manager must assess the patient to determine the appropriate level of personnel to transport the patient.


    4. Completes unit/room orientation; reinforces information give to patient and families.

    5. Documents all data collected and care provided.

    6. Accepts delegation from RN/Care Manager.

    7. Demonstrates time and resource management.

    8. Demonstrates appropriate use of hospital resources:

    a. Incidental personal use of NCH information systems (including the telephone) is permissible so long as the usage does not interfere with job performance, does not deny other users access to the system resources, does not incur significant costs, and is allowed by the department head or manager.

    b. Users may not use computing resources for their own personal or financial gain. Viewing materials that are obscene, objectionable or that put NCH at undue risk is prohibited unless it is a documented part of the user?s duties and approved by the manager or department head.

    9. Follows hospital policies and procedures.

    10. Follows HIPPA guidelines.

    11. Participates in unit/program/area quality improvement activities.

    12. Performs general unit tasks (answers phone, call lights, admission/discharge functions, etc.)



    1. Dusts surface areas on the unit/area.

    2. Cleans the unit/area refrigerators (conference room and medication room).

    3. Changes needle boxes.

    4. Empties non-routine trash and linen bags.

    5. Assists unit in maintaining Joint Commission readiness (keeping hallways clear, linen carts covered etc).

    6. Completes unit specific environmental duties as assigned.



    1. Acts as a preceptor of orientation and training of other PCA staff.

    2. Provides peer input for performance appraisals at the request of the manager or RN.

    3. Identifies own learning needs, seeks assistance and attends educational programs as needed.

    4. Attends annual/mandatory in-services within designation time frame.

    5. Participates in educational activities offered by the unit/area/division.



    1. Provides age-appropriate care (based on growth and development principles) to patients and families.

    2. Participates as a member of the patient care team by assisting others.

    3. Participates in unit conferences as requested.

    4. Within role expectations, meets the standards of patient care and performs within the policies and procedures of Children's Hospital, Inc. and the Division of Patient Care Services.

    5. Demonstrates promptness and consistency in meeting scheduled work commitments.



    1. High school graduate or equivalent GED.

    2. State Tested Nursing Assistant strongly preferred OR one year of comparable experience in a hospital setting within the past 3 years. Nursing students can qualify if they have successfully completed the fundamentals of nursing course(s) of an approved college/school program and have completed two clinical rotations with the exception of Long Term Care or Psych.

    3. Good written and verbal communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.

    4. Basic computer skills i.e. navigation, use of mouse, keyboard.

    4. Neat appearance, good grooming and professional manner.

    5. Completion of orientation classes offered by Nationwide Children's Hospital Department of Professional Development and the unit/area.

    6. Must demonstrate competence as defined in the Patient Care Assistant responsibilities/skills checklist in providing age appropriate care and services to pediatric patients of all ages and selected adult patients.

    7. Current CPR (BLS for Healthcare Provider required).



    1. Must be able to see, hear, stand, walk, speak, read, and perform basic math calculations (add, subtract, multiply and divide), and perform manual tasks with or without accommodation, and care for oneself with little or no difficulty.

    2. Applies the principles of body mechanics in lifting or moving patients and/or equipment.

    3. Must be able to independently lift up to 35 pounds.

    4. Must be able to move or reposition patients of any weight or size with the assistance of another person(s) and/or equipment. The above list of duties is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties performed by the individual so classified, nor is it intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision.


    EOE M/F/Disability/Vet.


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