Patient Care Assistant

IU Health Bloomington Hospital - Bloomington, IN3.9

Positions available at Bloomington Hospital

Full-time and part-time opportunities, all shifts (please ensure you check the shift you are interested in/available to work on your application)


The Patient Care Assistant (PCA) works under the direction of the registered nurse (RN) as a non-licensed team member. As a non-licensed team member, the PCA provides care to designated patients and supports the patient care team. Job duties include provision of activities of daily living, mobility assistance, and ensuring the patient's surroundings are clean and orderly.

Essential Functions

Connect to Promise:
Demonstrates a commitment to IU Health's mission, vision, and values by exhibiting behaviors and delivering results that align with the strategic direction of the organization. Continuously provides the best individualized care and service to patients, customers, colleagues, business partners, and the communities we serve.

Data Collection/Documentation:
Completes reports and records tasks such as vital signs, specimen collection, and testing (including phlebotomy) per established policies.

Patient Care:
Performs and/or assists with assigned tasks in support of patient care. Supports patient needs by responding to requests in a timely manner. Provides or assists with personal hygiene, nutrition, elimination, and activities as delegated by the RN. Completes set up and ongoing monitoring of equipment.

Patient Flow:
Performs outlined admitting tasks including securing valuables, personal belongings, and orienting patients and families to the environment. Notifies the unit secretary/charge RN when patient has gone off unit/discharged. Removes supplies and equipment from room in preparation for cleaning. Ensures room is appropriately prepared for the next admission.

Quality & Safety:
Recognizes and reacts appropriately to environmental safety factors related to patient care. Provides patient and family information related to safety factors; exercises appropriate safety and aseptic practices; personal health and safety are maintained. Demonstrates accountability for unit based quality and safety initiatives.

The preceding essential function statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of tasks and functions for this position. Job descriptions provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents. Other tasks and functions may be assigned as needed to fulfill the mission of the organization.

Requires current Basic Life Support certification through the AHA or attainment at the completion of the IU Health PCA education program. Other advanced life support certifications may be required per unit/department specialty according to patient care policies.

Requires knowledge of care appropriate to the age and developmental level of the patients served.

Requires up to date knowledge of procedures and standards related to patient care activities.

Requires proficiency in interpersonal and communication skills.

Requires constant mental awareness and the ability to withstand a high level of tension and stress.

Requires ability to maintain concentration when subjected to frequent and varied interruptions and variable noise levels.

Requires ability to exercise judgment and initiative in the resolution of problems encountered.

Requires ability to set priorities and manage a high workload within a limited time for completion.

Requires knowledge of procedures; equipment; software and standards related to patient care activities that non-licensed role performs (for example PCA/PCR/PCI).

Requires knowledge of principles of infection control.

Requires ability to perform physically demanding; repetitious movements.

Requires ability to read and perform basic math.

Requires ability to organize tasks and attend to details.

Requires knowledge of principles of good personal hygiene and aseptic techniques to prevent infection of patients; self; and others.