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2024 Summer PCA Program - Communities In School/CNREP

Location: Houston Methodist Hospital
6565 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77030
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Talent Area:
Nursing Assistant
Job Shift:
1st - Day
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Posted Date:
March 8, 2024

At Houston Methodist, the Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Student position is a Community In Schools (CIS) student 8-week program in which incumbents should document, where applicable, care administered, diagnostic measurements, treatments and procedures and demonstrate the ability to continuously progress in basic knowledge and skills necessary to communicate appropriately and carry out delegated tasks for age-specific, diverse patient population. This position receives coaching from preceptors, Registered Nurses (RN) and management and performs delegated patient care tasks under the supervision of the RN. The Patient Care Assistant Extern position responds to the call light system and records data established by policy and procedure, and reports observations and patient problems to the licensed nurse. This position is responsible for assigned non-nursing functions. The Patient Care Assistant Extern position practices Patient and Family Centered Care in concert with Houston Methodist ICARE values.


  • Promotes a positive work environment with the interprofessional care team. Participates in teamwork by responding positively to requests for assistance. Works well with others to make contributions to the work effort as a whole, escalating issues for problem resolution.
  • Seeks guidance from interprofessional health care team, when needed, and applies feedback to improve patient outcomes. Follows channels of communication for effective problem solving.
  • Conducts self in a manner that is congruent with cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion principles. Applies expected behaviors and actions with team members which contribute to improvement of department score for employee engagement, i.e., peer-to-peer accountability.

  • Follows the patient and family-centered care standards and provides direct patient care under the direction of a registered nurse. Responds to the call light system, contacting nursing personnel as appropriate, and follows through with meeting patient needs.
  • Provides care to patients assigned within unit-specific, defined limits or serves as a sitter after validated specific competencies. Practices in a manner that is congruent with cultural diversity and inclusion principles.
  • Assists with maintaining, cleaning, and stocking of equipment and supplies as established on assigned unit. May serve as an in-house courier which may include retrieving blood, hand delivering labs, tele boxes, etc.
  • Applies expected behaviors and actions which contributes to department score for patient satisfaction.

  • Documents, where applicable, care administered, diagnostic measurements, treatments and procedures in accordance with established policies and procedures keeping the safety of the patient in mind. Provides care in a manner that is congruent with cultural diversity and inclusion principles.
  • Reports observations, conditions and problems of patients to the licensed nurse. Provides for the privacy of patients and families, keeping the safety of the patient in mind.
  • Applies expected behaviors and actions to improve quality and safety scores.

  • Applies expected behaviors and actions which contributes to meeting department financial targets.
  • Utilizes resources with cost effectiveness and value creation in mind. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks, minimizing incidental overtime, assisting coworkers as needed.

  • Seeks opportunities to identify self-development needs on knowledge base, skill level and decision-making, as necessary, especially in areas of question, from preceptor and assigned licensed personnel and takes appropriate action. Ensures own career discussions occur with appropriate management. Completes and updates the My Development Plan on an on-going basis.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.


  • High School diploma or equivalent education (examples include: GED, verification of homeschool equivalency, partial or full completion of post-secondary education, etc.) or Community In Schools (CIS) or Wesley House program incumbents enrolled in a state-approved Certified Nursing Assistant program within one month of hire.

  • None
  • BLS - Basic Life Support (AHA) within 1 month AND
  • CNA - Certified Nursing Assistant - State Licensure OR
  • CMA - National Certified Medical Assistant -- through an approved credentialing certification agency upon completion of program


  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles
  • Performs basic patient care activities of daily living (ADL's) within unit specific defined limits and job scope, such as assistance with patient elimination, hygiene, comfort, safety, nutrition, and progress activity



  • Uniform No
  • Scrubs Yes
  • Business professional No
  • Other (department approved) Yes

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. DIsaster, Severe Weather Events, etc) regardless of selection below.

  • On Call* No

**Travel specifications may vary by department**

  • May require travel within the Houston Metropolitan area No
  • May require travel outside Houston Metropolitan area No

Company Profile:

Houston Methodist Hospital is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 1 hospital in Texas (two-way tie) and one of America’s “Best Hospitals.” As a full-service, acute-care hospital located in the Texas Medical Center and the flagship hospital of Houston Methodist, it has evolved into one of the nation’s largest nonprofit teaching hospitals and a leader in innovative medical research with a comprehensive residency program. Two of Houston Methodist’s primary academic affiliates are among the nation’s leading health care organizations: Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Houston Methodist also has affiliations with Texas A&M University and the University of Houston. With 948 operating beds, 85 operating rooms and more than 8,400 employees, Houston Methodist Hospital offers unparalleled care for thousands of patients from around the world.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law. VEVRAA Federal Contractor – priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

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