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Florida Hearts & Hands Program

Nursing Homes Now Hiring Personal Care Attendants (PCA) to Meet Resident Care Needs During COVID-19

Florida nursing homes have an immediate need for additional staff to help care for residents during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. If you have a passion for people, want to learn new skills and are interested in climbing the health care career ladder, consider being part of the Florida Hearts & Hands Program, which seeks to recruit Personal Care Attendants to work in Florida's nursing homes.

Personal Care Attendants assist direct care staff with residents' activities of daily living, including making up beds, helping residents get dressed or use the bathroom, taking residents' temperatures, helping residents in and out of wheelchairs. PCAs undergo an 8-hour preservice course (5 hour classroom and 3 hour simulation) in the nursing home under the direction of a Registered Nurse.

The Florida Hearts & Hands PCA program includes continued on-the-job training toward the Certified Nursing Assistant certification program to support individuals' goals of career advancement in the long term care profession.

Individuals who are at least 18 years of age are eligible to apply and must undergo pre-employment background and drug screenings.

Read our press release here.

Examples of What a Personal Care Attendant Can Do:

  • Make an Occupied or Unoccupied Bed
  • Pass Fresh Ice Water
  • Pass Meal Trays/Open cartons & packets
  • Check Resident Temps
  • Perform One (1) Person Transfers
  • Reposition the Resident in Bed/Float Heels
  • Transfer the Resident to a Wheelchair using a Gait Belt
  • Use a Gait Belt to Assist with Ambulation
  • Oral Care/Denture Care (alert residents)
  • Provide a Bed Bath/Perineal/Catheter Care
  • Change an Incontinent Brief
  • Assist the Resident with Getting Dressed
  • Assist with Hearing Aids
  • Assist the Resident to Bathroom or to use a Urinal (1 Person Assist)

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