Reply To: Use of Patient Care Technicians or other Ancillary Clinical Support in a Hematology/Oncology Unit

  • Vanessa Bertini

    Member
    February 23, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    At CHKD we value our Nursing Care Partners immensely, as they are key in helping us provide safe and thorough care to our at risk population and are huge partners in reducing CLABSI. They attend our CLABSI huddles, audit hygiene, and take great pride in their contributions.  

    Their primary tasks are oral hygiene, daily CHG baths, linens and clothes are changed out daily, accurate weights and measures are taken and patients are out of bed X3. The also assist with feedings/holding, frequent vital signs with blood transfusions and drugs likely to create hypersensitivity reactions, collecting blood and urine for point of care testing, patient transport, and assuring the unit is orderly, prepped for admits, stocked. Remaining attentive to customer service is also a primary role.

    We have 16 HemOnc beds and 2-3 NCPs per day shift, and 1-2 on nights, depending on census/acuity.

    Not sure what we would do without them.

    Vanessa

     

    Vanessa Bertini MSN RN CPN CPON

    Clinical Practice and Education Specialist

    Hematology/Oncology and Technology Dependent ICU

    Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters

    Norfolk, VA

     

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    Original Message:
    Sent: 2/23/2021 11:26:00 AM
    From: Alison Bolt
    Subject: Use of Patient Care Technicians or other Ancillary Clinical Support in a Hematology/Oncology Unit

    Good morning-

    I am looking to benchmark the use of patient care technicians or other ancillary support at your institutions. If you could answer the following questions, I would really appreciate it. Additionally, please share if you have other insight or experience. 

    1. Do you use patient care technicians or other ancillary support (certified nurses assistant, etc.) on your hematology/oncology unit?
      • if no, why?
    2. How many techs/CNAs staff per shift and how many beds are on your unit?
    3. If you utilize clinical support roles, do they perform:
      • vital signs
      • feedings
      • hygiene tasks
      • measurements/weights
      • transport
      • admission documentation
      • other (please list)
    4. Please describe your unit (H/O, BMT etc.)

    Thank you for your time and insight. 

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    Alison Bolt, BSN,RN
    Clinical Operations Manager
    Atlanta, GA
    United States
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