Job Information

Northwell Health Patient Care Technician in Riverhead, New York

Req Number 7631

Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY Under direction and supervision of registered Nurse, assists with activities of daily living, provides basic nursing care, and assists in maintenance of a safe and clean environment.


  1. Functions as a co-worker to the nurse and a key member of the nursing care team:
  • Organizes patient care assignment and sets priorities.

  • Alerts RN co-worker to changes in patient status i.e., alteration in comfort, skin integrity, alterations in breathing pattern, etc.

  • Documents patient care and patient status changes on the appropriate chart forms.

  • Communicates routine information to RN periodically during shift i.e., intake and output.

  1. Assists RN in providing for ADL needs of patients:
  • Prepares patients for meals, and feeds or assists with meals.

  • Provides between meal nourishment and fresh water to patients.

  • Bathes or assists patient to bathe, provides oral hygiene.

  • Toilets patients as necessary.

  • Maintains patient's mobility with range of motion exercises and ambulation.

  • Grooms patient, including shaving, as needed.

  • Participates with the RN in the development of a plan of care for assigned patient.

  • Utilizes a plan of care in carrying out patient assignments.

  1. Maintains patient care units in a neat and orderly condition:
  • Changes and makes beds.

  • Cleans and straightens bedside table and over-bed tables, as needed.

  • Strips patient units upon discharge of patient, in preparation for cleaning by Housekeeping Department.

  • Removes equipment from room. Cleans and place it in appropriate are.

  • Prepares room for new admissions, transfers and post-operative patients.

  1. Assists Registered Nurse by performing selected procedures and simple treatments:
  • Takes and records temperature, pulse, respiration rate and B.P. on admission and as assigned.

  • Measures and records fluid intake and output; totals at shift end.

  • Perform, mount and process EKG's.

  • Draw and process blood, as appropriate, within State and County guidelines.

  • Obtains specimens, such as urine, stool and sputum.

  • Administers enemas, as directed.

  • Weighs and records patient weight on admission and as indicated.

  • Shave patients as instructed in preparation for procedures.

  • Performs simple procedures utilizing aseptic technique (i.e. - applying and changing simple dressings).

  • Performs simple respiratory treatments, as required (i.e. oral suctioning).

  1. Performs a variety of related duties:
  • Assists patients in and out of bed, ambulates patients, lifts, turns and positions patients.

  • Assists with serving of meals; positions patient, cleans over-bed table, and helps distribute and collect trays.

  • Transports and accompanies patients to various departments, as directed.

  • Reports missing or damaged equipment to Nursing Unit Secretary.

  • Maintains non-patient rooms (i.e., utility rooms, linen rooms, kitchens, etc.) in a neat and orderly condition.

  • Maintains cleanliness of patient care equipment.

  • Performs constant observation on selected patients as assigned.

  • Follows medical Center's policies and procedures to support QA/QI efforts in patient care and services.

  • Performs post-mortem care and transports body to morgue.

  1. Takes part in Nursing's continuing education policy by:
  • Attending nursing attendant course during orientation program.

  • Participating and completing annual mandatory educational requirements.

  • Attending nursing attendant staff development programs offered throughout the year.

  1. Performs related duties, as required.

*ADA Essential Functions


  • High School Diploma or equivalent, required.

  • Completion of Nurse Assistant course or equivalent, required.


Prior experience as a Nursing Attendant or equivalent, required.

  • NYS Nurse Attendant certification, preferred.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, and follow written and/or oral instructions.

  • Ability to work in diversified settings.

  • Ability to lift, turn, position, etc. Patients, as required