The Personal Care Assistants (PCA- Non Certified) will partner with Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA’s) to provide routine direct assistant care to assigned patients following successful completion of at least 16 hours of training in the following areas: communication and interpersonal skills; infection control; safety/emergency procedures; including relief of choking; promoting residents’ independence; and respecting residents’ rights. A minimum of 16 hours of practical (combined laboratory and clinical) training must be accomplished prior to any resident care.
Career Ladder/On-The-Job Training
The Personal Care Assistant will work under the direct supervision of the nursing staff and in collaboration with the Certified Nursing Assistants providing Activities of Daily Living (ADL) services to residents. During this on-the-job training period, Cherokee Indian Hospital and the Tsali Care Center will work with the Personal Care Assistant to further improve and expand his/her resident care skills through the Nurse Aide I Program and preparing the person to become a Certified Nursing Assistant.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
You must have a desire to want to be a certified nurse aide and have a heart to help others. Qualities that are important for this job include kindness, reliability, and a willingness to work with elderly adults Must be able to relate to and work with the ill, disabled, emotionally upset and, at times, hostile people within the long term care facility and at times within the community with family members.
Bathing with the assistance of another for showers, dressing, grooming (oral care), toileting for residents that are ambulatory or with the assistance of another person, changing of bed linens, positioning, transfer with the assistance of another person, mobility, and incontinence care.
Safety and Sanitation
Working Conditions (hours and environment)
OSHA category classification II:
Potential for exposure to blood borne pathogens