The Perks Of Working As A PSW In A Hospital
Not many personal support workers (PSW) work in hospitals, at least not in Ontario. In fact, only 7% of them do, according to
some sources. However, this is changing. Due to the pandemic, the increasing elderly population in the province, and other
reasons; more PSW jobs are being opened in hospitals than ever before, especially in areas like rehabilitation, critical care, and
palliative care areas.
In London, Ontario, for instance, the London Health Sciences Centre's (LHSC) employs PSWs in their Critical Care Trauma
Center (CCTC) at Victoria Hospital, but they also have PSWs in many areas at University Hospital. There, these caregivers work
as part of their Personal Support Worker Resource Team under the direction of a supervisor that oftentimes is a registered
nurse (RN) or registered practical nurse (RPN).
It has been demonstrated that, although PSWs don’t provide actual medical care to patients, their support as part of a
multidisciplinary team, leads to higher patient satisfaction. Therefore, it can be predicted that hospitals will be hiring more
personal support workers in the near future, and not just in areas previously mentioned, but also in Intensive Care Units (ICU),
Cardiac Care Units (CCU), dialysis areas, surgical departments, and all other departments where patients need assistance.
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What Are The Duties Of PSWs In Hospitals?
When working at a hospital, PSWs are often employed to perform close patient observation and different types of acute care
support. What they do is help to support patient care by assisting nurses in tasks like lifting and turning patients. They are also
in charge of tasks like cleaning and restocking patient bedsides and helping nurses to manage their supplies and equipment.
What PSWs don’t do, and this is important, is to provide independent patient care, since they are not authorized to do so. Their
work is performed exclusively under the direction of regulated healthcare professionals and physicians, in