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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