Perioperative Nurse Assistant
Posted on: November 23, 2020
At Houston Methodist, the Perioperative Nursing Assistant (PNA)
position is responsible for applying basic knowledge and skills
necessary to communicate appropriately and carry out delegated
nursing assistant level tasks for assigned age-specific, diverse
patient population, assisting in the delivery of patient care and
services under the supervision of a licensed nurse. This position
assists with the physical preparation of the patient and physical
environment prior to a surgical procedure being performed. The PNA
position practices Relationship-Centered care in concert with the
values of Houston Methodist.
PATIENT AGE GROUP(S) AND POPULATION(S) SERVED
Refer to departmental "Scope of Service" and "Provision of Care"
plans, as applicable, for description of primary age groups and
populations served by this job for the respective HM entity.
HOUSTON METHODIST EXPERIENCE EXPECTATIONS
oProvide personalized care and service by consistently
demonstrating our I CARE values:
-INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
-COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional,
ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.
-ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our
-RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity,
-EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for
others to emulate.
oFocuses on patient/customer safety
oDelivers personalized service using HM Service Standards
oProvides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following
our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET,
Managing Up, Key Words)
oIntentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs
are being met
oInvolves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports by enabling
their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the
PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are
essential functions of the job.
PEOPLE - 20%
1.Promotes a positive work environment with the interprofessional
care team. Participates in teamwork by responding positively to
requests for assistance, taking the initiative to check on a
regular basis if assistance is needed by the team. Works well with
others to make contributions to the work effort and facilitates
2.Interacts with peers, staff and physicians in a supportive and
respectful manner. Encourages open communication to achieve mutual
understanding. Communication to promote both work efforts and
problem resolution is clear and professional. Follows channels of
communication for effective problem solving. Collaborates with all
members of the interprofessional team by actively communicating and
reporting pertinent patient care information in a clear and timely
3.Provides contributions towards improvement of department scores
for turnover/retention/employee engagement on unit-based scorecard,
i.e. peer-to-peer accountability.
SERVICE - 30%
1.Provides assistant level care to Surgical Services patients
within unit specific defined limits. Assists with preparation of
the physical environment prior to surgical procedure, cleaning the
room using prescribed sterile techniques, ensuring the maintenance
of a clean and organized environment.
2.Transports patients to and from assigned room and assists with
the preparation and positioning of the patient prior to surgical
3.Checks and maintains appropriate levels of surgical gowns, masks,
cleaning supplies, and other supplies for the department.
4.Transports specimens, cultures, blood products, and body fluids
to laboratory using universal precautions.
5.Contributes towards improving department scores for patient
satisfaction on unit-based scorecard through peer-to-peer
QUALITY/SAFETY - 20%
1.Reports observations, conditions and problems of patients to
licensed personnel to achieve desired patient outcomes. Provides
for the privacy of patients and families, keeping the safety of the
patient in mind.
2.Reports near misses and inputs errors promptly into PSN to
improve processes and identify trends. Assists in identification of
corrective action and improvement activities.
3.Supports initiatives to prevent conditions such as patient falls,
and hospital-acquired infections. Contributes towards improving
quality and safety scores on the unit-based scorecard, through
FINANCE - 10%
1.Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies.
Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and
prioritize daily tasks, minimizing incidental overtime. Utilizes
time between heavy workloads efficiently and helps other team
GROWTH/INNOVATION - 20%
1.Seeks guidance and validation of knowledge base, skill level and
decision making as necessary, especially in areas of question, from
preceptor and assigned licensed personnel. Completes and updates
the individual development plan (IDP) on an on-going basis.
2.Offers innovative solutions through participation in performance
improvement projects and shared governance activities.
This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the
employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job
duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise
job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.
oHigh School diploma or equivalent education (examples include:
GED, verification of homeschool equivalency, partial or full
completion of post-secondary education, etc.)
oPrevious experience in a healthcare role such as Patient Care
Assistant, Transporter, Environmental Services Tech or basic
Perioperative Nursing Assistant course preferred
CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED
oAmerican Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS)
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
oDemonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely
perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills,
competency assessments, and performance evaluations
oSufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the
English language necessary to perform the essential functions of
this job, especially regarding activities impacting patient or
employee safety or security
oAbility to effectively communicate with patients, physicians,
family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a
customer service focus and application of positive language
oExhibits strong interpersonal and team player skills with all
levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent
customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and
Equal Employment Opportunity
Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which
Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not
engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person
employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis
of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or
other characteristics protected by law.
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Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital, located 35 miles southeast of
Houston, is the area's only full-service hospital offering
specialized medical care for patients at every stage in life. This
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employees, brings Medical Center excellence and quality care close
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