How to write a PSW (Personal Support Worker) job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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PSW (Personal Support Worker) job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of PSW (Personal Support Worker) job titles

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PSW (Personal Support Worker) job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a PSW (Personal Support Worker) job summary

to become a part of our facility’s compassionate care-giving team. The PSW will interact directly with patients, providing comfort and transportation, monitoring their vital signs and assisting with daily living needs. We are searching for a dedicated, compassionate and energetic individual to be a vital link between our patients and the nurses and other facility staff.

PSW (Personal Support Worker) responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of PSW (Personal Support Worker) responsibilities

    Assist with daily living activities. This includes delivering meals to patients, turning and ambulating patients and providing plenty of fresh water, as well as extra nourishment between meals
    Help patients with personal hygiene. Provide patients with bedpans, help with baths, shampoos and showers
    Provide adjunct care for the patient, including ice packs, non-sterile dressings and therapeutic baths
    Check vital signs and record daily information in the patient’s chart
    Assist the nurses and other staff as needed
    Adhere to professional standards, follow policies and procedures and abide by federal, state and local requirements, as well as Joint Commission standards

PSW (Personal Support Worker) qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of PSW (Personal Support Worker) skills

    High School diploma or GED
    Completion of a state-approved PSW certification training course
    Basic computer skills
    Ability to work as part of a team and to handle multiple tasks safely and effectively
    Good communication skills, including the ability to communicate sensitive information with empathy (“bedside manner”)
    High tolerance for working under pressure and handling critical situations with a cool head

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