Lancaster General Health McCaskey Co-Op in Lancaster, Pennsylvania


Cost Center

Supervisory Organization

McCaskey Students



POSITION SUMMARY: Cooperative student position assisting with the delivery of direct, non-licensed patient care in accordance with established methods and procedures, under the supervision and guidance of the Registered Nurse.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Qualified individuals must have the ability (with or without reasonable accommodation) to perform the following duties:

Environment Management

  • Completes cleaning tasks utilizing OSHA standards. Performs maintenance and/or inventory of equipment according to unit/department standards.

  • Practices standard precautions while handling contaminated items.

  • Maintains unit order and efficiency.

  • Maintains appearance of patient care areas and public areas.

  • Maintains safe work environment.

Supply Management/Clerical

  • Stock supplies to meet the needs of the unit/department.

  • Demonstrates an awareness of cost containment practices.

  • Distributes supplies to appropriate areas according to unit/department standards.

  • Demonstrates computer skills necessary to perform unit/department specific responsibilities.

Patient Care/Safety

  • Documents accurately and timely, according to unit/department standards.

  • Reports promptly unusual situations, reactions, effects or conditions related to patient care to the responsible person(s).

  • Assist patients with personal hygiene needs and/or provide activities of daily living, comfort measures including changing linen, providing safe environment for mobility and ambulation, and maintaining a clean and orderly patient environment.

  • Safely assist in mobilizing, turning, and positioning of patients; including use of various assistive devices and observe use of or assist hospital staff with mechanical lifts (will not operate mechanical lift independently).

  • Demonstrates positive interpersonal skills when dealing with patients, family members and staff.

  • Functions as a patient advocate by resolving patient/family concerns through appropriate actions.

  • Assists with admission, transfer, and discharge procedures.

  • Answer patient call lights independently, promptly, and to the patient’s satisfaction; referring patient concerns to the RN or Nurse Manager.

  • Provides diversionary activities for patient who require 1:1 observation or are cognitively impaired under supervision of the RN or the cognitive coach.

  • Demonstrate proper responses to emergency situations.

Code of Conduct/Professionalism

  • Identifies learning needs and seeks available resources and opportunities.

  • Completes assigned tasks within designated shift.

  • Responds promptly to requests for assistance.

  • Respects patient rights and maintains strict confidentiality.

  • Communicates clearly, concisely and appropriately (verbal/written communications).

  • Assumes personal responsibility for attendance to maintain unit/department function and uphold expectations of the student’s school’s policies.

  • Demonstrates concern and respect for others thoughts and feelings and handles conflicts in a positive manner.

  • Able to prioritize continually

Clinical Skills

  • Maintains clinical skills necessary to perform duty/job.

  • Demonstrates competency with procedures based on unit population and/or age-specific needs.

  • Obtains and accurately documents all required patient information; reporting changes and abnormal findings to the RN in a timely fashion.

  • Participates in achieving institution wide and unit based quality outcomes.

  • Performs duty/job with appropriate level of independence.

  • Performs duty/job with accuracy and efficiency.

  • Accepts accountability, as an individual and as a team member for all services provided.

SECONDARY FUNCTIONS: The following duties are considered secondary to the primary duties listed above:

  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Acceptance into the designated school’s Health Sciences Program and successful completion of job interview.


Attention/Concentration: The following level of ability is essential for the jobholder to focus on certain aspects of current experience and reject others:

  • The position requires the ability to attend to more than one aspect of a situation simultaneously. It is highly likely that multiple task demands are going to be required of the individual at the same time.

New Learning and Memory: The following level of ability is essential for the jobholder to learn and retain material:

  • The position requires that an individual be able to learn new tasks quickly and effectively. Job requirements change frequently. The ability to understand and carry out detailed, involved instructions is mandatory.

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Creative Thinking: The following level of ability that is essential for the jobholder to think (in order to solve a problem) by combining two or more elements from past experience or imaginative thought:

  • The position requires the ability to evaluate existing options to resolve a presenting problem. The resolutions or options are clearly defined, limited in number and are altered infrequently. Selection of the most appropriate solution is based on well-established and defined guidelines.

APTITUDES: The following are essential requirements of the position in relation to job-worker situations. These items describe how a worker must adapt, adjust, conform or act:

Repetitive work: Ability to continuously perform the same type of work for extended periods of time, according to set procedures, sequence or pace.

Performing under stressful conditions: Ability to perform under stress when confronted with emergency, critical, unusual, or dangerous situations, or in situations in which working speed and sustained attention are critical aspects of the job. Is subject to danger or risk, or to tension as a regular, consistent part of the job.

Variety and change: Ability to perform a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature without loss of efficiency or composure involving significant differences in technologies, techniques, procedures, environmental factors, physical demands, or work situations.

Communication: Ability to exchange information with others clearly and concisely; to present ideas, facts and technical information.

Interpersonal relations: Ability to maintain relationships that facilitate task accomplishment; to cooperate and resolve conflicts; to recognize needs and be sensitive of others.


Equipment/Tools: Computer, Phone, Copier, Printer, Fax, Office Supplies, oxygen tank, , anti thrombic pumps, , vital machines, , temp probe, blood pressure machine and any other dept. specific machinery

Software: Microsoft Office Products, clinical information system and dept. specific software


Rarely 0-10%; Occasionally 11-35%; Frequently 36-70%; Continuously 71-100%

Body Position/Movement :

  • Sit: Occasionally

  • Stand: Continuously

  • Walk: Continuously

  • Bend: Occasionally

  • Push: Frequently

  • Pull: Frequently

  • Kneel/Squat: Occasionally

  • Reach: Frequently

  • Twist: Rarely

  • Balance: Occasionally

  • Climb: Rarely

Lifting: Degree of physical exertion is :

Heavy, exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Sensory Abilities specifically required:

  • Vision

  • Hearing


WORKING CONDITIONS: Position involves exposure to the following harmful elements:

  • Bio hazardous Waste

  • Blood borne Pathogens

  • Extreme Noise Levels

  • Moving/Rotating Machinery

Disclaimer: This job description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be a reflection of those principal job elements essential for recruitment and selection, for making fair job evaluations, and for establishing performance standards. The percentages of time spent performing job duties are estimates, and should not be considered absolute. The incumbent shall perform all other functions and/or be cross-trained as shall be determined at the sole discretion of management, who has the right to amend, modify, or terminate this job in part or in whole. Incumbent must be able to perform all job functions safely.

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, at a member of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (Penn Medicine), at is a 631-licensed bed not-for-profit health system with a comprehensive network of care encompassing Lancaster General Hospital (LGH), Women & Babies Hospital and the Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital (in partnership with Kindred Healthcare) . Our membership in Penn Medicine brings together the strengths of a world-renowned, not-for-profit academic medical center and a nationally recognized, not-for-profit community healthcare system.

Outpatient services are provided at the Downtown Outpatient and Suburban Outpatient Pavilions, along with additional outpatient centers and Express and Urgent Care locations throughout the region. Lancaster General Health Physicians is a network of more than 300 primary-care and specialty physicians, at more than 40 offices throughout the region . Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is a private, co-educational, Middle States-accredited four-year college offering a variety of associate and baccalaureate degree and certification programs in healthcare.

A four time designated Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health has been recognized regionally and nationally for clinical excellence and patient safety; and ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best hospitals in 2015-16 in three specialties. It is also one of only seven hospitals in the country with all of the following distinctions:

5 Star Rating on Hospital Compare

Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals 2017 at

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade A

US News List of High Performing Hospitals at

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