The Patient Care Technician (PCT) Trainee will be in training to learn how to provide direct patient care under the supervision of the Registered Nurse.
About Satellite Healthcare
Satellite Healthcare is more than simply a dialysis company. Since our founding in 1974, we have become the industry’s leader in personalized quality care: 70% of our centers earn 4- and 5-star ratings from Medicaid and Medicare.gov, far ahead of all other providers. Our success in caring for patients can be attributed to our mission, our not-for-profit structure, and our people. Together, they create a powerfully patient-centered organization.
Our mission is clear: to make life better for people living with kidney disease. Because we are a non-profit, we can pursue that mission with all our resources, united by our passion for patient care. As part of our commitment to continuous improvement, Satellite Research explores new ways to elevate the effectiveness and delivery of dialysis therapy. And Satellite Wellbound is leading the industry in home dialysis because better outcomes and quality of life are our highest priority. We are also substantial contributors to community and philanthropic kidney initiatives.
The Patient Care Technician Trainee (PCT Trainee) is in training to learn how to provide direct patient care under the supervision of the Registered Nurse, following Satellite policies and procedures per their state Scope of Practice, in a safe and efficient manner. Care includes taking and monitoring patient vital signs, performing blood tests, documenting appropriate patient information, preparing and monitoring dialysis equipment, and cleaning equipment. The PCT Trainee will fulfill the Satellite Dialysis Mission Statement: “Making Life Better For Those Living With Kidney Disease” by providing superior customer service as part of a collaborative team.
LVNs are encouraged to apply for PCT Trainee Positions
The Licensed Vocational/Practical Nurse (LVN) in California provides direct patient care under the supervision of the Registered Nurse, following Satellite policies and procedures per their state Scope of Practice, in a safe and efficient manner. The LVN will fulfill the Satellite Dialysis Mission Statement: “Making Life Better for Those Living with Kidney Disease” by providing superior customer service as part of a collaborative team.
The LVN actively participates in professional role development activities including continuing education, and quality assessment and improvement. The LVN develops ethically sound practice and confronts ethical challenges through application of the Nephrology Nursing Standards of Practice and Standards of Care.
Learns how to perform the hemodialysis treatment according to Satellite and the local center’s policies and procedures
Responsible for ensuring all safety checks are completed prior to initiation of treatment
Prepares dialyzer according to procedure during prime and set up; removes dialyzer at end of treatment, per physician orders
Administers medications such as normal saline, heparin, and lidocaine per physician orders under the direction and supervision of the Registered Nurse, and per scope of practice
Cannulates dialysis accesses, initiates treatments, monitors patient and machine, terminates treatment per policy and procedures
Administers oxygen as necessary by cannula or mask under direction and supervision of Registered Nurse or physician orders, per scope of practice and state guidelines
Obtains blood samples and culture specimens as ordered and performs routine tests
Takes initiative and action to respond, resolve and follow up regarding customer service issues with all patients in a timely manner
Responsible for driving the Satellite Healthcare culture through values and customer service standards
Accountable for outstanding customer service to all external and internal customers
Develops and maintains effective relationships through effective and timely communication
Adheres to all infection control procedures and understands the consequences associated with failing to follow those procedures:
Wears appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
Follows all clean/dirty procedures in order to eliminate cross-contamination
Performs cannulation using aseptic technique for needle insertion and all other required procedures
Disinfects machines, station area, and chairs after each patient treatment
Maintains a neat and clean environment
Communicates significant patient information to the appropriate team members in a clear, concise, and accurate manner
Responds to emergencies and alarms appropriately
Participates in CPR as needed and as directed
Participates in initial/annual clinical and technical competencies evaluations as appropriate
The essential functions listed are not a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned. All employees must work in accordance with Satellite’s Mission, Vision, and Values of Compassion, Trust, Quality, Innovation, and Teamwork. Employees must abide by all Satellite’s standards of patient care, patient’s rights and ethical treatment, and adhere to safety and quality programs.
Education & Experience:
High School Diploma, G.E.D. certificate, or equivalent
Graduate of a Hemodialysis School preferred
Some medical training preferred
One (1) year medical experience preferred
Current CPR certification
BONENT/NNCC/NNCO certification required within 18 months from hire date.
CDPH CHT certification (for CA locations only) required within 18 months from hire date.
Education & Experience (All LVNs):
Graduation from an accredited nursing school or equivalent
One (1) year of License Vocational Nurse general nursing experience preferred
Current CPR certification
State license as a LVN/LPN
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Ability to read, write, speak, understand and satisfactorily communicate in English
Ability to do basic calculations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and percentage
Contributes to harmonious and constructive working relationships with all staff members to promote a positive, productive and team-oriented atmosphere
Able to maintain the confidentiality of patient information according to HIPAA and Satellite policies & procedures
Capable of understanding basic renal function and the consequences of renal failure
Capable of understanding the basic treatment modalities available to end stage renal disease patients
Capable of understanding of legal consequences of actions both immediate and long term
Making life better for those with kidney disease is a mission you can embrace fully and passionately. You want to learn about your patients beyond just their time in treatment. You know the value of compassion, commitment and especially collaboration. You believe in continuous improvement as a way of looking at everything. You pursue goals with determination and build long and productive professional relationships.
What You Will Gain
Relationships: You will work directly with a multi-disciplinary team who are just as passionate as you about making a difference in others’ lives. You will also work alongside leaders who believe leading means serving; they support you in providing care that is unsurpassed in our industry.
Impact: The care you provide will enable our patients to live a better life that meets their needs holistically.
Growth: A Satellite career offers a lot of challenges, but also the support and leadership to learn and grow from each one. Here, the paths you find for fulfilling your aspirations don’t need to be linear if that’s your choice. With everything Satellite is doing to be a force for progress in the industry, you have many options before you.
Satellite Healthcare, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Satellite Healthcare, Inc. does not discriminate in employment on account of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status or unfavorable discharge from military service.
Satellite Healthcare – Improving the Lives of Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)In 1973, Norman S. Coplon, M.D. began Satellite Healthcare with the objective of improving the quality of life of his dialysis patients. Dr. Coplon established Satellite Healthcare as a not-for-profit, community benefit organization, which allows us to focus primarily on patients. Four decades later, Satellite Healthcare has shaped CKD healthcare in our industry, and continues to elevate the standards of patient care and innovation. Today, we provide a range of expert services to patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Satellite strives to individualize each patient's care to help him or her enjoy their life to the fullest. Satellite Dialysis — We operate 40 high-quality, state-of-the-art, patient-friendly dialysis centers that meet the long-term clinical needs of more than 4,000 CKD patients. Satellite WellBound — With more than 20 centers in place, we focus on personalized training and support for patients performing dialysis at home. In addition, WellBound provides a robust complement of pre-dialysis patient wellness education programs that can help prevent or slow the progression o...f early stage CKD. At each of our centers, we put our patients first by providing: Compassionate care with a personalized touch Wellness education to empower longer, healthier lives - Best clinical practices resulting in outcomes that consistently exceed industry performance standards - Opportunities for nephrologists to focus on their patients in comfortable, state-of-the-art environments. In addition to patient care, our clinical research division works on finding medical breakthroughs for CKD patients by conducting both internal and external research. For more information, contact Info@SatelliteHealth.com.