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Patient Care Assistant (PCA), ICU-CVCU, Days

Job Ref: 26612

Talent Area: Nursing Asst. / Medical Asst.

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
Houston, TX 77070

Area/Department: ICU - CVCU NP3E

Employment Type: Regular

Job Type: PRN

Organization: Houston Methodist

Work Shift

PRN-Unit base supplemental staff

24 hours per pay period


Work Week: Weekdays, plus rotating weekends

Company Profile

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital opened its doors to Northwest Houston in December 2000. In May 2010, a major expansion on the 52-acre campus doubled the size of the hospital, brining more expertise, more state-of-the-art technology and more specialized care to the community. With 251 licensed beds, 16 operating rooms and over 1,600 employees, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital was specifically designed to provide comprehensive, personalized care for the community.

Job Summary

The PCA II is an experienced Nursing Assistant who has demonstrated proficiency and competencies to fully function as a PCA in an acute care hospital setting.  Works in partnership with licensed personnel to support the delivery of care in an environment that promotes caring and healing.  Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary to communicate appropriately and carry out delegated nursing assistant level tasks for assigned patient populations, under the supervision of a licensed nurse.  Participates in shared governance. Practices Patient and Family Centered Care in concert with The Methodist Hospital System’s values of Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence standards.


  1. Performs non-nursing 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.
  2. Performs and documents, where applicable, care administered, diagnostic measurements, treatments and procedures as determined by skills training and validation in accordance with established policies and procedures. Reports observations, conditions and problems of patients to licensed personnel to achieve desired patient outcomes.
  3. Performs one or more of the following as appropriate for assigned unit/patient population:  IV and Foley catheter removal, phlebotomy/lab draws, EKG’s, wound/care/dressing changes, bladder skills, etc. within the scope of a Nursing Assistant job under the supervision of licensed personnel. 
  4. Responds to the Nurse Call System, contacting nursing personnel as appropriate, and follows through with meeting patient needs. 
  5. Assists with maintaining and cleaning of equipment and supplies as established on assigned unit.  Assists with positioning and transporting of patients. 
  6. Seeks guidance and validation of knowledge base, skill level and decision making as necessary, especially in areas of question, from preceptor and assigned licensed personnel.
  7. Organizes the work flow, problem-solves and manages multiple ongoing priorities, with minimal supervision. Participates as team player.
  8. Provides for the privacy of patients and families and keeping the safety of the patient in mind.
  9. Assumes responsibility for growth and development by participating in in-service programs and continuing education. Completes required continuous training and education, including department specific requirements. 
  10. Demonstrates the components of the I CARE Values statement (Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence).  Demonstrates Relationship-Centered Care standards (smiles and makes eye contact, greets each patient and visitor, seeks out patient and visitor contact, displays appropriate body language, takes 5 minutes each day to go above and beyond for at least one patient or visitor, honors diversity, thanks every customer.
  11. Follows all safety rules while on the job.  Reports all accidents promptly and corrects minor safety hazards.  Communications with peers and management regarding any hazards identified in the workplace.
  12. Performs other duties as assigned, which include assisting with staffing needs across the service line as competencies allow.


High School Diploma or GED equivalent.


  • If certified (CNA or MA), then >6 months acute care hospital Nursing Assistant experience,
  •                                       or
  • If not certified, then 18 months acute care hospital Nursing Assistant experience,
  •                                       or
  • 12 months HMHS PCA experience
  •                                      or
  • Nursing students who have completed first clinical rotation.


  • American Heart Association Healthcare Provider BLS
  • and
  • Certification as Nursing Assistant or Medical Assistant depending on the experience requirements as noted above,
  • and
  • Crisis Prevention Intervention certification within 6 months from hire.


  • Evidence of required competencies for unit assigned
  • Must be able to write and speak effectively in English.
  • Computer knowledge and ability to use Hospital Information Systems and Office software
  • Medical terminology preferred.
  • Must demonstrate interpersonal skills with all levels of healthcare team.
  • Demonstrates initiative, flexibility and positive interpersonal skills with all levels of the health care team.


  • Patient care units, and invasive procedure areas.
  • May include exposure to hazardous chemicals and blood borne pathogens. Significant potential for exposure to latex. Adherence to universal precautions is required.
  • Extended periods of standing and walking are required.
  • Able to flex hours and work days to meet need related to unanticipated acuity, volume changes and/or problems.

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