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PSW Information Session October 8, 2014 1:30pm. YORKDALE PSW MANDATE STATEMENT.

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yorkdale psw mandate statement

Yorkdale Adult Learning Centre is dedicated to providing training to the next generation of Personal Support Workers preparing them for careers as healthcare professionals and as contributing members of multidisciplinary healthcare teams.

Yorkdale will continue to partner with the healthcare community to ensure we can meet the needs of the employers and those of the clients to whom we will be providing professional and compassionate care.

professional expectations
Professional Expectations

Is This You?

  • Positive Attitude
  • Sense of Responsibility
  • Patience
  • Reliability
  • Punctuality
  • Honesty
  • Respectful
  • Team Player
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Professional appearance
  • Compassionate
  • Discretion regarding personal matters
  • Appropriate use of language
“Personal support workers care for our most vulnerable patients.

They are critical in helping seniors and people with complex care needs lead independent and healthy lives.

As our population ages, we are taking action to strengthen this workforce so that it will meet Ontario’s personal support needs now and in the future.”

Deb Matthews

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

Personal Support Worker Job Description – General

The PSW job description will always vary but in general, some of the common duties are:

  • Following the care plan, observing and reporting any substantial findings and/or changes in patient/resident/client’s behavior to the appropriate registered member of the healthcare team.
  • Working under the supervision of a Registered Healthcare Professional such as a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN)
  • Performing tasks delegated to them (only if they are trained to perform the delegated task)
  • Assisting with ambulation, positioning and transferring using mechanical lifts such as a Hoyer lift.
Assisting or providing total personal care such as toileting, bathing and perineal care.
  • Assisting with eating, dressing and grooming.
  • Assisting nursing staff by answering call bells (In Hospitals and Long-Term care homes)
  • Performing sitter duty or patient watch for confused patients in clinical care settings.
  • Computer or paper documentation of Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) and other findings.
  • Reporting behavioral and clinical changes to a Registered Nurse, Registered Practical Nurse, Resource Nurse or Manager.
  • Self actualization by helping patient/resident/client to reach maximum potential.
How much do PSWs earn?

The salary for PSW depends on the employer and setting. It ranges from approximately $11.50 per hour to approximately $18.36 per hour. Many PSW positions are casual or part-time. There are some unionized jobs that also include benefits.

Wages for PSWs in the publicly-funded home and community care sector will be increased by $1.50 per hour retroactive to April 1, 2014, and are intended to increase another $1.50 per hour on April 1, 2015, and a further $1.00 on April 1, 2016.

The minimum wage for these personal support workers will also be set at $14.00 per hour in 2014-15 and rise to $16.50 on this same timeline.

employment opportunities
Employment Opportunities
  • The Personal Support Worker is a caregiver who works under the direction of the RN or RPN and may be employed in long-term care homes, private residences or community-based settings.
  • PSW graduates may find employment with any individual or family who requires assistance with personal care needs. This would include seniors and individuals of any age who are mentally or physically challenged.

How do PSWs get “certified” or registered”?

The PSW is an unregulated health care worker and there is no regulating body for monitoring graduates performance. It is an unlicensed profession.

PSW Certificates are issued by the school.

What are the Admission Requirements for the Yorkdale PSW program?

You must:

  • be 21 years of age or older or have an OSSD
  • pass a English language proficiency test
  • or have ENG3C with a 60% minimum
  • show proof of citizenship or residency status
  • complete an interview with a PSW teacher
  • pass the medical assessment and immunization requirements
  • physically able to fully perform the skills required for placement (lifting is required)
  • Must be able to provide a clean vulnerable sector screening from the police
This program is very competitive
  • Approx70 students are interviewed for 40 spots in the program
  • Candidates are chosen by English score and how they did in the interview

Not everyone gets in the first time!

If you are not successful you must interview again

How long is the course?

It is a full time program

27 weeks

Classes are held everyday

Monday to Friday

The hours are:

In-school: 8:15 am – 3:15 pm

In clinical placement: 7 am – 3 pm

Hours are non-negotiable!

course costs
Course Costs

Approximately $1100.00 which covers the cost of the following items:

  • Textbook and workbook
  • Uniforms and shoes
  • Identification badge
  • Vulnerable sector screening
  • Complete medical examination and medical form completed by a physician, including immunization record, hepatitis vaccine, flu shot and 2-step TB skin test
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Graduation Ceremony, PSW certificate and pin
**You must be able to obtain a clear vulnerable sector screening from the police.**

If you have ever been fingerprinted or arrested you will not be able to obtain a clean record check.

This will affect you ability to complete the program!!

If you are already in possession of one or more of the listed requirements you do NOT have to pay for them again.

They must be approved by the program leader

what will i study 14 modules
What Will I Study?14 Modules
  • Individuality
  • Role
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Safety
  • assisting a person with mobility
  • abuse
  • household management & meal prep
  • Providing optimal support/care planning
  • Personal hygiene
  • Assisting with family
  • Cognitive mental impairment and mental illness
  • Assisting to manage ongoing conditions
  • Assisting with medications
  • Assisting a person who is dying
how will i be assessed and evaluated
How will I be Assessed and Evaluated?
  • Module Unit Quizzes
  • Assignments - Individual and Group
  • Individual and Group Presentations
  • Exams
  • Performance Demonstration of Skills in the Lab
  • Skills Passbook – Clinical

Pass mark is 65% on all Unit Tests

registration information
Registration Information

Internal students:

  • Follow the course selection procedures set by Student Services.

External students:

  • Letter Day October 27, 2014 - Orfus Road

8:30am to 12:00pm

  • Arrive early in order to secure an early test time and interview time
Good luck

Future PSWs!