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CVICU/Transplant ICU Tech

Company: SSM Health
Location: Saint Louis
Posted on: May 27, 2023

Job Description:

It's more than a career, it's a calling.MO-SSM Health Saint Louis University HospitalWorker Type:RegularJob Highlights:At SSM Health, we know the healing power of presence begins with compassionate employees like you!Our Techs play an integral part in delivering exceptional care. -As an Tech in the Cardiac and Transplant ICU, - you will learn ways to adapt care and adjust treatment plans for patients' evolving needs. -As an advocate for each patient, you may comfort these vulnerable people and their families, encourage them to improve, and fulfill other roles as needed.We are looking for a day shift tech to work from 7:00 pm- 7:00 am. In this role we prefer a candidate that has an EMT or experience within an ICU environment. In return, you can expect a work environment where: -

  • Tech's feel valued, respected and free to express themselves; -
  • Each employee finds meaning in work, leveraging skills and talents toward a greater purpose; -
  • Teamwork and collaboration is encouraged, while management is supportive. -Job Summary:Responsible for meeting the basic needs of the patient by providing skilled levels of bedside patient care in collaboration with the primary care nurse. ICU Technician aids other members of the health care team in order to provide quality patient care.
    Reports and documents all changes in the patient's condition to the primary care nurse in a timely manner. Promptly notifies the charge nurse, Nurse Manger or Director of Nursing of departmental problems. Is accountable for all nursing care he/she delivers and is responsible for adhering to all applicable standards of care. Performs clerical duties necessary to the functioning of the department. Must be energetic and motivated to support the success of a growing service.Job Responsibilities and Requirements:POSITION ACCOUNTABILITIES AND PERFORMANCE CRITERIA (100% of time)Essential Functions: The following are essential job accountabilities and performance criteria:Position Accountabilities1) Provides care that is directed toward meeting the psychosocial and physical needs of patient.Criteria:A) Carries out the patient's plan of care as it relates to the patient's physical needs and under the direction of the Registered Nurse of ICU. B) Assists with the ongoing monitoring of patients by taking vital signs at least every hour and reporting changes and/or abnormal readings to the primary care RN.C) Maintains knowledge of and operates equipment used in patient care safely.D) Completes unit clerical duties including the coordination of unit activities, transcription of orders, medical record maintenance and serving as a unit receptionist.E) Retrieves patient care items that are not routinely available on the unit.F) Prepares rooms prior to patient arrival and after discharge.G) Completes a Patient Belongings Inventory sheet on all patients being admitted or transferred.H) Notifies security for inventory of all patient "valuables" so that they can be stored properly.I) Directs prompt and courteous attention to the needs to patient's, families, and visitors.J) Escorts and/or provides transportation assistance via stretcher or wheelchair to various areas of the hospital at the direction of the primary care nurse K) Engages in service recovery activities referring unusual problems to the Charge Nurse, Nurse Manager or Director of Nursing.L) Recognizes needs and initiates appropriate action regarding maintaining supplies and equipment.M) Notifies appropriate department in order to maintain a clean safe environment (housekeeping, maintenance, dietary, biomedical, etc.).N) Functions as a resource person to co-workers, patients/families, medical staff, ancillary personnel and students.O) Handles emergency situations calmly and in a professional manner.P) Other functional duties as assigned.2) Safety and Comfort: CriteriaA) Ensures that side rails are up when indicated (transporting patients, high fall risk, etc.).B) Assists patients with ambulation, repositions, transfers from stretcher, wheelchairs, cars, etc.C) Correctly places restraints; observes for constriction of circulation, changes to skin integrity, adequate breathing; knows when and how to change position; provides ROM and skin care, toileting, and opportunities for socialization.D) Provides primary nurse or charge nurse with patient report prior to leaving unit.E) Operates equipment correctly and safely.1. Cardiac monitor - turns on/off; alarms- standby; lead placement, entering patient into system.2. Laryngoscopes, blades and handles.3) Vital Signs/Measurement: CriteriaA) Completes Point of Care Testing (bedside blood glucose)B) Obtains vital signs including temperature.C) Weighs patients as appropriate.D) Measures intake and output.4. Respiratory Care: CriteriaA) Assists with setting up oxygen delivery systems such as nasal cannula or mask.B) Monitors pulse oximetry.C) Completes tracheostomy care.D) Performs suctioning as necessary (oral and tracheal).5. Wound Care: CriteriaA) Controls bleeding of open wounds as directed by RN B) Prepares lacerations for closure:1) Cleans wound as instructed by RN. 2) Sets up equipment and supplies at the patient bedside.3) Assists physician as necessary during procedure.4) Dresses wounds as instructed.C) Performs dressing changes (sterile and clean).6. Bowel and Bladder Elimination: CriteriaA) Administers enemas.B) Performs straight catheterizations.C) Records output on nursing documentation tools.7. Hygiene: CriteriaA) Provides hygiene and grooming as needed.B) Mouth care as needed, especially for the NPO patient.C) Rounds frequently to ensure that patient's toileting needs are met. Provides perineal care after toileting.8. Specimen Collection: CriteriaA) Obtains:1) Midstream (clean-voided) urine specimen2) Sterile urine specimen from an indwelling catheter3) Blood specimens by venipuncture4) Stool specimens5) Sputum specimensB) Labels all specimens at the patient's bedside after correctly identifying the patient.C) Utilizes the appropriate personal protective equipment when handling body fluids.9. Clerical: CriteriaA) Answers phone within 3 rings identifying self, title and unit. Does not keep caller on hold for extended periods of time.B) Provides directions to physicians, hospital personnel, and visitors to patient's room, adhering to visiting policy.C) Notifies admitting of the arrival of new patients.D) Answers pneumatic tube promptly and returns carriers to the appropriate area.E) Reports critical lab values to appropriate personnel.F) Enters supply orders into the computer accurately.G) Utilizes appropriate backup systems in the event of computer downtime.10. Safety/Infection Control: Performs job in accordance with safety and infection control policies. CriteriaA) Practices standard precautions and disposes of hazardous wastes per established guidelines.B) Maintains a safe, clean, comfortable, and therapeutic environment for patients, families, and employees in accordance to hospital standards.1) Maintains a clutter free environment.2) Keeps personal conversations/background noise to a minimum.3) Adheres to dress code.C) Reports risk management concerns.D) Assumes responsibility for completing all annual mandatory requirements by due date:1) Bi-annual TB screening2) Annual Ethics and compliance training3) Annual safety training4) Required information security course5) Annual Abuse and Neglect training6) Annual blood borne pathogens training7) Coursework as assigned in .Edu8) Annual competency, including age specificE) Obtains report from RN and informs nurse of changes in patient's conditionF) Communicates concerns or patient complaints to Charge RN and other team members as appropriateG) Documents all procedures and care concisely and legibly on chartH) Identifies problems, gathers pertinent data, suggests solutions, communicates using appropriate lines of authority, and works toward problem resolutionI) Empties soiled linen hampers in a timely manner11. Service: Provides service excellence to the customers of Saint Louis University Hospital by delivering timely, high quality care in a courteous, and respectful manner. CriteriaA) Demonstrates care and courtesy.1) Provides prompt, respectful, courteous service.2) Meets physical, spiritual, psychological and emotional needs of patients and families as directed by RN.3) Responds to call lights promptly.4) Apologizes for mix-up and delay.B) Communicates effectively and maintains confidentiality.1) Listens to staff, patient, family concerns and addresses needs within scope of responsibility.2) Explains procedures and all education in a manner that staff, patient, family understands.3) Allows time for questions.C) Demonstrates competence and collaboration.1) Provides accurate change of shift report.2) Provides quality care in accordance to standards.3) Shares knowledge with other departments to facilitate work flow and continuity.D) Provides cost effective services.1) Uses resources wisely.2) Recommends changes in practice that increases efficiency and minimizes waste.12. Personal Accountability: Demonstrates accountability for own job performance. CriteriaA) Adheres to and incorporates all customer service standards in patient care and work practices.B) Participates in additional learning experiences to increase competence including:1) Staff meetings2) Mandatory in-service's and educational programs3) Evaluation of self-performance by identifying strengths and areas for improvementC) Assists in identifying and implementing nursing unit goals13. Performance Improvement (PI): Incorporates Performance Improvement into one's job performance. CriteriaA) Identifies problems, participation in data collection when requested, suggests solutions, communicates using appropriate lines of authority and works toward problem resolution.B) Participates in the performance/process improvement process.C) Incorporates Performance Improvement and Commitment to Quality (C2Q) results into job performance.D) Offers suggestions for improvement of unit activities.E) Participates in discussion of PI C2Q data outcomes.F) Collects PI C2Q data as assigned.G. Participates in research activities on the nursing unit as appropriate.14. Age Appropriate Care: Provides age-appropriate care to: __x__ Adult __x__ Geriatric (15%) CriteriaA) Demonstrates knowledge and skills of normal growth & development necessary to provide services to the age of the patient served by the department.B) Demonstrates ability to assess and interpret age specific data to identify patient needs.C) Utilizes communication skills necessary to interpret age specific responses to service and interaction.D) Involves family or significant other in decision making related to services provided.E) Demonstrates ability to provide service needed for the age groups routinely served by the department assigned.15. Specialized Care: Provides specialized care to patients at high risk for injury. CriteriaA) Restraint Care1) Initiates/evaluates alternatives to restraint prior to application.2) Applies restraints consistent with the approved procedure.3) Monitors and assesses patient's response throughout the restraint period at the appropriate intervals.4) Provides specified patient care (toileting, skin care, hydration, feeding, etc.) on a timely basis.5) Provides for trail release and removal of restraint as soon as possible.B) Pain Management1) Follows pain management plan of care, e.g.: repositioning, message, immobilization, music therapy etc.2) Reports patient complaints of pain to the nursing staff and/or physician.C) Abuse Assessment1) Is aware of abuse recognition criteria and incorporates it into assessments.2) Reports signs of possible abuse/neglect to the physician & Risk Management, and recommends appropriate consultations (psychiatric, Social Work) for evaluation.DISCLAIMER: Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.Rationale for Essential Functions1) The performance of this function is the reason the job exists.2) There are limited employees among whom the performance of this function can be distributed.3) This function occupies a great deal of the employee's time.4) This function is highly specialized. Employees are hired for the skill/ability to perform this function.5) Failure to perform this function may have serious consequences.6) The function was performed by past employees and is performed by current employees.7) Exposure to blood borne pathogens that require the use of protective equipment.8) Exposure to tuberculosis that requires the use of protective equipment.Department:1300040037 ICU - 4NWork Shift:Night Shift (United States of America)Scheduled Weekly Hours:36SSM Health complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex.

Keywords: SSM Health, O'Fallon , CVICU/Transplant ICU Tech, Other , Saint Louis, Missouri

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