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The Student Geriatric Associate is a specialized role for nursing students currently enrolled in a BSN program. Student Geriatric Associates (SGAs) work closely with Geriatric Nurse Consultants to provide targeted interventions that address a broad scope of geriatric issues known to contribute to cognitive and functional decline during hospitalization. SGAs can assist with ambulation and range of motion exercises, aid in bathing and care of intact skin, assist with toileting and continence care, provide feeding support and tray setup, and provide cognitive stimulation through recreational activities.
SGAs at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania are found in 3 areas – Emergency Medicine, Cardiac Intermediate Care and the Advanced Medicine Units.
-Students in Emergency Medicine work in the ED and EDOU.
-Students in Cardiac Intermediate Care will work across 2 units-- Founders 10 and Founders 11.
-Students in Advanced Medicine work across 3 Units – Silverstein 11, Founders 12, and Founders 14.
The next cohort of Student Geriatric Associates will attend orientation starting in May 2019, and begin working in the Geriatric Program in June 2019. All Student Geriatric Associates will be expected to commit to at least 6 months in the program, from June 10, 2019 through December 2019.
Students must be matriculated in an accredited BSN nursing program having minimally completed the nursing foundations/fundamentals clinical course with a 3.0 GPA overall and in the nursing major. Must be CPR certified though the American Heart Association.
•Bed making, moving, lifting, turning patients, feeding patients.
•Ability to effectively and safely utilize all equipment.
•Excellent communication skills.
We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.
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