HCA, Hospital Corporation of America Patient Care Assistant Nurse Extern PRN in San Antonio, Texas

ThePatient Care Assistant Nurse Externmaintains enrollment in a professional registered nursing program and performs a variety of delegated basic patient care services under the supervision of the registered nurse (RN). The Patient Care Assistant Nurse Extern works in a complementary, assistive, and mentoring role with the RN in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act. The Extern assists the nursing staff in providing patient care in accordance to one’s training, Hospital policies, and the Texas Board of Nursing rules for delegated nursing tasks to unlicensed personnel (Rule 224.8). The Patient Care Assistant Nurse Extern consistently assists the patient care team with maintaining a clean, well-organized, adequately stocked, and safe patient environment.

Essential Job Functions:

1. Under the supervision of the RN, performs delegated patient care activities as directed. Delegated tasks may include: a. Obtaining vital signs, height and weight, intake and output, calorie counts, and simple non-sterile dressing changes b. Safe patient handling: Turning and positioning, use of specialty beds, patient transfer and use of transfer devices, ambulation assistance and use of assistive devices, restraint alternatives, oxygen use and transport, suction use, pre-operative skin preparation and/or use of sequential compression devices (SCD) c. Specimen collection, including blood collection for bedside glucose testing 2. Consistently assists with maintaining a safe patient environment to include: a. Addressing identified hazards in the physical environment of the patient room to prevent patient falls b. Hand hygiene and consistent use of standard precautions c. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as appropriate following transmission based precautions procedures 3. Communicates accurate information for delegated patient care activities performed, to including observed patient response to performed activities to the assigned RN (following hand-off communication guidelines). 4. Assists the RN in collecting data from patients on admission and assists with patient transfer or discharge preparations as instructed. 5. Assists patients with bathing, shaving, oral care, toileting, grooming, changing linens, providing water, assisting with meal delivery and feeding as directed. 6. Performs hourly rounding, consistently uses AIDET when interacting with patients, and responds to call lights timely.


ONEof the following:

  • Completion of both of the following:

    o Fundamentals in Nursing course

    o Completion of 1 Medical-Surgical clinical semester rotation

  • Graduate of a professional registered nursing program waiting to complete the Texas State Board of Nursing Registered Nurse Licensing Exam and/or results of examination.


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  • Maintains current enrollment in a professional registered nursing Program as evidenced by providing on-going documentation of enrollment.

  • Employee completes initial and ongoing training as defined by service line, facility and department specific to the needs of the patient population served (if applicable).

Title: Patient Care Assistant Nurse Extern PRN

Location: Texas-San Antonio-Methodist Hospital

Requisition ID: 02531-69257