Children's National Health System

Patient Care Technician - Hematology Oncology Unit (45524312)
Location: Washington, District of Columbia - United States
Posted: 2/20/2018

Patient Care Technician - Hematology Oncology Unit

Hematology/Oncology Care Unit (HCU): includes the inpatient and the outpatient Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplant patients. The 32-bed inpatient unit admits children of all ages with hematological and/or oncology, and blood and marrow transplant inpatient clinical needs. They work closely with the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Clinic and Infusion clinic to meet patientís needs.
Significant populations include:
∑ Newly diagnosed oncology diseases (leukemia/lymphoma, solid tumors, neuro oncology)
∑ Chemotherapy
∑ Sickle cell disease
∑ Pain crisis in hemoglobinopathy
∑ Fever/neutropenia
∑ Bacteremia
∑ Anemia/blood disorders
∑ Acute chest syndrome/pneumonia
∑ Thrombocytopenia
∑ Blood and marrow and hematopoectic stem cell transplantation

In collaboration with the multidisciplinary health care delivery team, under the direction of the Registered Nurse perform basic nursing care activities, assist in maintaining a safe, clean, stocked patient care setting, assist staff members and help direct patient flow.


Minimum Education
High School Diploma or GED

Minimum Work Experience
1 Year(s)
Specific Requirements and Preferences
At least 1 year experience in a health care setting preferred and if possible pediatrics; one semester clinical experience completed at an accredited school of nursing or military corpsman training.

Required Skills/Knowledge
Basic computer skills (typing, use of mouse, e-mail). Knowledge of aseptic technique. Basic calculations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Human relations and interpersonal skills.

Required Licenses and Certifications
Completion of Patient Care Technician Certification. BLS Certification

Functional Accountabilities
Patient Services - Admission
Include but not limited to-orienting family to use of call lights, monitor and unit.
Set up of monitor and alarms.
Perform vital signs, height, weight and head circumference.
Patient Services - Daily Living
Patient ADLís include but not limited to daily bath, skin care with mouth care and peri-care.
Ensure proper nutrition as ordered (ng, gt, or tray).
Care of tube feeding and feeding of patients.
Application of skin creams as directed by RN.
Collection of cultures, urine and stool samples, etc.
Direct Patient Care
Recognize and report pain and skin breakdown.
Prioritize tasks and special requests from RN.
Assist in performance of trach care and EVDs.
Assist with central line dressing, pin care, cast and traction care and care for dying patients.
Assist with preparation of room for discharge and admission; assist with patient flow by maintaining a neat and orderly environment.
Obtain equipment and supplies and maintain PAR levels.
Monitor Surveillance
Observe and alert RN when there are monitor deviations
When assigned to monitor bank will follow the monitor guidelines to dress code and professionalism.
Infection Control
Care for isolation patients.
Adherence to hand washing before and after every patient.
Clean equipment after each patientís use.
Document on nursing database, flow sheets and vital signs in a timely manner and notify appropriate charge nurse in computer or chart as suitable.
Communication/ Professionalism
Communicate effectively with RN and team members to achieve goals by reporting any changes, abnormal findings, and participate in beginning and end of shift reporting.
Maintain professional relationships with patients and families.
Resolve conflict with co-workers appropriately.
Support a family-centered care environment.
Communicate with RN on all patient care activities at least every hour; notify charge nurse when leaving and returning to the unit for any reason.
Demonstrate non-judgmental behavior.
Shared Leadership
Keep informed about council meetings and unit issues.
Participate in shared decision making through contributing to unit discussion and support shared leadership decisions.
Safety Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance
Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)
Unit communications associate follows all Hospital / Departmental policies/procedures.
Remain on unit during assigned shift, notify Charge Nurse and appropriate staff members when leaving the unit for patient care related errands; leave patient care area only when assigned shift is completed, replacement staff member is present, and report is given.
Use designated staff areas for eating, smoking, and socializing (perform only during assigned breaks).
Work area is left in a neat and organized fashion.
Use downtime productively during shift.
Attend mandatory in-service/educational programs to learn about new procedures, skills, products, equipment; attend staff meetings.
Organizational Commitment/Identification Partner in the mission and upholds the core principles of the organization
Committed to diversity and recognizes value of cultural ethnic differences
Demonstrate personal and professional integrity
Maintain confidentiality at all times
Customer Service Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
Teamwork/Communication Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
Partner with all team members to achieve goals
Receptive to othersí ideas and opinions
Performance Improvement/Problem-solving Contribute to a positive work environment
Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility Use resources efficiently
Search for less costly ways of doing things

Primary Location: District of Columbia-Washington

Work Locations: Sheikh Zayed Campus 111 Michigan Avenue Washington 20010
Job: Nursing
Organization: Patient Services
Regular / Temporary: R (Regular)
Position Status: FT - Full-Time
Shift: Evening
Work Schedule: 40hrs/wk EOW 3pm to 11pm

Additional Requirments / Information

Job Capacity:Employee (full-time)
Minimum Education Level:See Job Description
Visa Sponsorship: No
Related Industries:Other

At Children's, we know what it takes to really connect with kids, we're looking for nurses who love a challenge.

Pediatric nurses have to be patient. They have to be understanding, yet able to communicate effectively and honestly with a child and their family about their illness and treatment. And every Children's nurse must have the confidence to take a patient's care into his or her own hands.

At Children's you'll work closely with each patient and their family across a continuum of care - beginning with admission, when you perform physical assessments and take a patient/family history that covers all the vitals.

You'll prepare and carry out a plan of patient care. You'll work with professionals from all Children's health care disciplines. Together you will ensure your patients' progress every step of the way. You will even make rounds with physicians, discussing your patients' conditions and needs.

Professionally, you'll grow like never before.

The nursing practice environment at Children's is ideal for developing your skills to the maximum, increasing your level of responsibility and entering new specialty areas.

Our versatile career ladder, the Program for Professional Advancement (PPA), enables you to move both vertically and laterally across a wide range of clinical, educational and management opportunities. Recently we restructured our nurses compensation package to include:

  • Flexible Scheduling

  • Tuition Assistance

  • Professional Development

  • Clinical Ladder

  • Continuing Education Conferences (local, regional, national)

  • Weekend Incentive Program

  • Exceptional Differentials

  • Preceptorship and Charge Nurse Recognition

  • Certification and Degree Recognition Bonus

  • Collaborate with Internationally-Acclaimed

  • Medical Leaders

  • Pediatric Nursing Fellowships (PICU, NICU, Hematology/Oncology)


Our recent achievement of Magnet status reflects what we’ve known all along: That our nurses are something very special - that their vision, talents, dedication and leadership define a truly exceptional practice environment. We invite you to learn more about our Magnet environment, accomplished by approximately 6% of the nation’s hospitals, and even fewer pediatric centers.

We are also a Beacon Award winner, recognized for our outstanding CICU and PICU environments. In fact, our Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit is the first in the country to be designated a Beacon Award winner AND our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is the first in the Northeast region to receive the Beacon designation!

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