Patient care associate positions are most commonly found in medical centers and hospitals. Generally, the only educational requirements are a high school degree or equivalent. However, many positions require other certifications ranging from CPR to nursing assistant certifications. Many of these positions are commonly offered to those taking RN or CNA programs as well, but they are not necessarily limited to these positions. Other requirements may vary by state or locality, but general patient care experience is also important.
The associate's duties include basic patient care activities,, which may include everything from making beds and bathing to skin care and incontinence care. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are necessary to provide physical and emotional care to patients. In many cases, it is necessary to conduct treatments and procedures when requested by the physician. In all tasks, safety protocols must be followed with extreme precision. Much of this work also requires generating regular reports related to patient care.
Generally, this position is performed in a small team of colleagues with one supervisor in a management-type role. Working directly with patients and physicians requires substantial communication on a day-to-day basis. The position does include some basic hazards related to working with medical patients, but by following standard protocols, they are limited. Shifts may vary depending on the needs of the employer.
Patient Care Associate Tasks
Prepare, update and disseminates unit reports, physician orders and patient records.
Provide basic therapeutic services under direction of nursing staff.
Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff.
Support the administrative and clinical operations of the practice.