Job Details

Patient Care Technician Trainee


Satellite Healthcare






Windsor, California, United States




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, 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.

Across our organization, we share a single mission - to make life better for those living with kidney disease. Watch our video to learn more about our mission.

About the Role

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.

Essential Functions:
  • 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

About You

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, Inc . offers a drug free work environment.