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Becoming a Personal Support Worker in Ontario

2017-04-04 by Mark Harrington

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The description of a Personal Support Worker will always vary from job to job but in general, some of the most common duties are:

  • Following a care plan, observing and reporting any substantial findings and/or changes in patient/resident/client’s behavior to the appropriate registered member of the healthcare team.
  • Working under the supervision of a Registered Healthcare Professional such as a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN)
  • Performing tasks delegated to them (only if they are trained to perform the delegated task)
  • Assisting with ambulation, positioning and transferring using mechanical lifts such as a Hoyer lift.
  • Assisting or providing total personal care such as toileting, and bathing.
  • Assisting with eating, dressing and grooming.
  • Assisting nursing staff by answering call bells (In Hospitals and Long-Term care homes)
  • Performing sitter duty or patient-watch for confused patients in clinical care settings.
  • Computer or paper documentation of Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) and other findings.
  • Reporting behavioral and clinical changes to a Registered Nurse, Registered Practical Nurse, Resource Nurse or Manager.

In addition to the basic outline of a Personal Support Worker, there are a number of different employment opportunities across Ontario.  Personal Support Work is a highly employable field with many positions available at various healthcare locations such as hospitals, private healthcare facilities, hospices, retirement and nursing residences, palliative care units and in-home care positions.

For more information about earning your certificate in Personal Support Work and becoming career ready in less than a year, contact National Academy of Health & Business today.

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