Project Assistant I

Rochester, NY


The Program Trainee provide assistive and supportive care to patients and staff under the direct supervision of the Nurse.

Brief Description of Duties:

The basic job responsibilities for the Program Trainee are:

  1. Assisting the nurse with providing patient care support activities that may include: reading mail, magazines and books to patients. Play cards or games with patient. Interact with patients and family.

  2. Additional patient care related activities/functions that may be performed with direction and in the presence of the patient’s assigned nurse includes: basic bed making, preparing the patient for meals and assisting the patient with basic nutrition/meals (e.g. placing items within the patient’s reach, cutting food etc.), assisting the patient with basic oral hygiene, accompanying patients to special tests or procedures to serve in the role of notifying staff in the receiving area of unsafe patient actions e.g. trying to get out of bed or needing help of a nurse, reporting intake of food and liquids, assisting other unit staff with transfers of the patient to bed or stretcher, and turning the patient with assistance as needed utilizing appropriate assistive devices.

  3. Answer call lights and relay messages from patient/family to the appropriate individual. Answer telephones and take messages; greet patient; family and visitors; stock linen/supplies; run errands/deliver messages; take or pick up equipment as needed; assist in keeping environment neat/clean and clutter free.

Required Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in high school or graduate, at least 16 years of age

  • Employment certificate/work permit for candidate less than 18 years old

  • Excellent customer service and communication skills

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Arrive on time as scheduled

  • Provide proper and timely notification to supervisor of scheduled and unscheduled absences; in accordance with department protocol

  • Maintain professional appearance according to department dress code

  • Take initiative to work independently with minimal direction

  • Effectively communicate questions, concerns and suggestions to supervisor

  • Work effectively with people of diverse cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds.

  • Adhere to standard procedures

  • Maintain confidentiality in accordance with HIPAA standard

  • Understand and carryout oral and written instructions

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Dress Code:

Surgical scrub uniform will be provided at the time of hire. Shoes: sneakers laced and tied, or low rubber soled shoes. No open toes, no sandals, no above the ankle boots. No dangling jewelry. Hair should be clean, neatly trimmed, and contained in such a manner that it does not come in contact with the patient or visitors. Fingernails are kept clean, well cared for, and no longer than 1/4 inch from fingertip in length. Artificial and long natural fingernails are not permitted. The definition of artificial fingernails includes, but is not limited to, acrylic nails, all overlays, tips, bondings, extensions, tapes, inlays, and wraps. Nail jewelry is not permitted. Employees must wear their Strong Hospital ID badge at all times while on hospital property.


Bending, lifting up to 40 pounds. Prolonged standing or sitting of up to 8 hours.


In the course of patient care, a program trainee may be exposed to bodily fluids which could contain disease such as: HIV, hepatitis B, etc. Program Trainees will receive required Universal Precautions training and be provided barrier precautions (gloves, masks etc) to be used as needed. Questions or concerns should be directed to Employee Health or the department manager.

Physical and Drug Screen Required:


Work HOurs :

NY State Child Labor Law Compliance/Teen Health & Success Partnership program guidelines:

HWSC high school students are able to work between the hours of 7:00am and 9:00pm. Students are not allowed to miss school for work duties and should work no more than 16 hours per week. Monday – Thursday shifts should be no longer than 4 hours. It is suggested that students be scheduled for no more than 3.5 hours per shift. Friday – Sunday: students should not be scheduled for shifts exceeding 8 hours.

HWSC high school graduates are able to work between the hours of 7:00am and 10:00pm. Students should not miss college classes for work duties and should work no more than 20 hours per week. Graduates who are 18 + years of age can work 8 hour shifts throughout the work week.

During school breaks and the summer:

Students under 18 years of age may work up to 38 hours per week and can work 8-hour shifts. Students under 18 may only work between 7:00am – 9:00pm.

If 18 + years of age, students may work 40 hours per week and 8-hour shifts. They may only work between 7:00am – 10:00pm.

Minor employees (students under 18 years of age) must have work permits on file with employer departments. Minor employee work schedules and the NYS Child Labor Law poster must be conspicuously posted in the work department. Any deviation from the work schedule must be documented on the posted schedule before the work shift. Departments may have further restrictions of employees hired through the UR/HWSC program.

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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