UnityPoint Health

Emergency Technician

Requisition ID
2017-36746
Category
Nursing Aides, Assistants, and Techs
US-IA-Cedar Rapids
1026 A Ave NE
Affiliate
1010 UnityPoint Health CR St Lukes Hospital
Cedar Rapids
Department
Emergency/Emer & Trauma
IA
Salary Minimum
USD $11.58/Hr.
FTE
0.9
FLSA
Non-Exempt
Scheduled Hours/Shift
Rotate Days/Evenings; every third weekend/rotating holidays

Overview

POSITION SUMMARY

The Emergency Department Technician (EDT) is responsible for the technical aspects of patient care under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN). St. Luke’s C.A.R.E delivery model (Continuity, Accountability, Relationship-based, Evidence-based) reflects a commitment to compassionate, competent care delivered by the interdisciplinary team.  

 

The patients to be served include infant, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric.

Responsibilities

 

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Is aware of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of department management team or hospital compliance officer.
  • Purposefully conducts all aspects of the job in an ethical manner in support of the hospital’s commitment to ethical behavior in all areas of personal and professional activity.
  • Successfully completes hospital-wide orientation, annual hospital competencies and unit specific competencies.

Performs assigned patient care duties as required, needed and/or directed.

  • Partners with the RN and other healthcare team members to achieve patient care outcomes and goals of care, as identified in the plan of care.
  • Obtains, records and/or accurately enters the following data into the electronic medical record, following competency validation for skill performance and documentation requirements:
    • Vital signs
    • Weights
    • Intake and output
    • Other appropriate patient observations, as assigned.

 

Performs specific tasks as directed by the RN and other healthcare team members, following competency validation.

    • Perform blood glucose testing, Urine Dip, Hemacults.
    • Perform specimen collection and specimen labeling (RSV).
    • Empty waste devices (urinals, hats, bedpans) promptly and record on I & O sheet, if applicable.
    • Perform Bladder Scans
    • Set up simple oxygen therapy (nasal cannula).
    • Perform pulse oximetry.
    • Assist with safe patient handling.
    • Assist with patient transport via wheelchair or stretcher.
    • Perform linen changes.
    • Delivers water, coffee, ice, and/or other nourishments, as needed.
    • Prepares overbed table, passes meal tray, and assists in setting up patient for meals.
    • Returns soiled food trays to cart.
    • Promptly responds to call lights.
    • Provides assistance to healthcare team members, as required.
    • Perform and transmit EKG’s house-wide on nights
    • Perform EKG’s on evenings, nights and as needed
    • Insert foley catheters
    • Remove IV catheter
    • Maintain ultrasound and scopes
    • Stock patient care rooms
    • Stock carts
    • Provide 1:1 with Behavioral Health patients
    • Transport monitored patients who have not had chest pain within the department
    • Set up/assist with procedures:
      • Suturing
      • Casting
      • Pelvics
      • LP’s
  • May assist in Unit Secretary responsibilities, per unit expectations and appropriate competency validation. See Unit Secretary position description for job responsibilities.
    • Assists patients with activities of daily living.
      • Assists patients with feeding, elimination, bathing, dressing, oral hygiene, shaving, shampooing, etc., as needed.
      • Assists with patient mobilization (i.e., bed to chair, bed to commode, bed to bathroom, bed to stretcher, etc.).
      • Assists with patient ambulation, with or without assistive devices.
    • Application of ortho appliances
    • Provide crutch fitting and education
  • Promptly communicates pertinent patient care data and information to assigned RN and/or healthcare team member.
  • May assist in transporting medications that are NOT controlled substances from pharmacy delivery devices to medication storage areas on patient care unit, as well as transporting medications from patient care unit to pharmacy.

 

Demonstrates an awareness of patient and personal safety.

 

  • Implements measures to promote a safe environment for patient and family.
  • Observes and promptly reports any unusual occurrences.
  • Practices correct body mechanics and uses available transfer devices when performing patient care activities.
  • Consistently assures patient safety in the use of side rails, call light, equipment.
  • Ensures a safe environment by keeping patient care areas free of clutter, cords and spills.
  • Assures that necessary equipment, supplies and call light are available at the patient’s bedside.
  • Participates in compliance to safety protocol management, including falls precautions, restraint precautions, and similar safety measures.
  • Annual safety training with Lifeguard Air Ambulance
  • Annual HazMat training
  • Annual violence management training
  • Assists with hourly rounding, sharing in meeting patient needs for toileting, positioning, comfort and easy access to personal items.
  • Practices safe infection prevention activities.       Compliant with Isolation Precautions.
  • Records daily refrigerator temperatures on log, as appropriate.
    • Organizes, maintains and cleans unit work areas, supplies and equipment.
    • Assists in maintaining nourishment stock and unit supplies.
    • Rotates/removes out-dated nourishment stock and unit supplies, per unit guidelines.Assists in maintenance and stocking of unit supply carts, cupboards, medication carts, patient rooms, and other areas, as appropriate.
    • Cleans unit equipment.
    • Cleans unit refrigerators and kitchenettes.
    • Obtains and/or returns equipment to Materials Management.
    • Empties patient and/or unit trash receptacles, as needed.
    • Assists in keeping patient rooms organized and free of clutter.
    • Cleans patient rooms and prepares rooms for next patient.

 

Communication and Handoffs

 

  • Demonstrate good verbal and written communication skills with patients, families, healthcare team members and other customers. Verbal communication is clear and precise. Written communication is legible, if handwritten, and done in a timely manner using approved abbreviations.
  • Computer documentation is done in accordance with hospital and unit policies.
  • Real-time documentation is utilized.
  • A critical component of our C.A.R.E. Model is the relationship between the patient and the caregiver. That relationship is built by time, communication and demonstrating compassion. “Take 2” (taking 2 minutes) is used to make a personal connection with the patient/family like you would want your loved ones to receive. The connection adheres to all Standards of Excellence. In department with brief out-patient encounters, communication is based on AIDET (Acknowledge the patient, introduce oneself, inform the patient of the duration of the procedure, explain what to expect and thank the person for coming).
  • Handoffs are done with attention to detail and with safety as a high priority.  
  • Demonstrates flexibility and self direction in meeting patient and unit needs by responding as a team player.
  • Consults with RN and/or other healthcare team members, as appropriate.
  • Obtains instruction and supervision, as necessary, when implementing new or unfamiliar tasks or duties.
  • Complies with established unit routines, policies and procedures.
  • Assists in creating a positive work environment that contributes to safety and positive clinical outcomes.  
  • Assumes accountability for own competence, clinical performance and professional growth.
  • Continually maintains and strives to enhance personal technical and clinical competence in all   job related duties.
  • Participates in mandatory education and unit staff meetings, per established guidelines.
  • Encouraged to make and support improvement in unit and hospital practices through participation in shared governance and performance improvement activities at the unit and hospital-wide level.      
  • Complies with established safety goals, infection prevention and risk management policies and procedures.
  • Performs other duties as deemed necessary to meet the hospital’s mission, to give the healthcare we’d like our loved ones to receive.

Qualifications

PERSONAL SPECIFICATIONS

 

Education

Requires high school diploma or GED and/or appropriate certification as required by hospital policy or governmental regulation.    

 

Qualifications/Experience

Prefer a minimum of one year clinical experience. Completion of a fundamentals course in nursing school preferred. Must have required certification or equivalent to be obtained within 90 days of hire for Medicare-required skilled nursing unit.

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