Assumes responsibility for cardiac monitoring functions on patients requiring monitoring on the Telemetry Unit and completes appropriate documentation. Supports direct patient care activities by performing clerical functions and communicates to all persons involved in unit operations. Functions with minimal supervision. Responsible for maintaining patient records in a condition which promotes efficient data collection and retrieval. Under the direct supervision of RN, assists the unit secretary with the transcription of physician orders.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB:
Constantly observes cardiac monitors.
Monitors, documents, and reports unsafe cardiac monitoring equipment.
Runs a cardiac rhythm strip for each patient, at designated intervals; files on patient's medical record; documents cardiac rhythms with interpretation on patient's medical record.
Identifies and reports to RN or physician any new and/or significant arrhythmias; documents on the record.
Monitors the rhythm, during a cardiac emergency, at the central station; documents rhythm changes (make notations of the time of each event on the rhythm strips).
Initials and completes a variety of records and reports.
Monitors and files report on patient's medical record.
Changes batteries, applies electrodes, and initiates repairs to monitors.
Processes patient charges.
Assures use of universal precautions.
Identifies educational needs and attends educational activities which contribute to professional growth.
Participate in the development of annual goals.
Answers telephones and intercoms; receives and conveys messages; places calls as requested.
Communicates in a professional manner and demonstrates respect for patients/families/significant others and other health team members.
Complies with all hospital rules and regulations.
Strives to achieve excellence of service as described in the CARE Manual.
Responds to the following Shore Health System codes: Code Red (in the immediate area), Code Pink (when called), Code D (when called).
Responsible for honest behavior in all matters. To the best of the employee’s knowledge and understanding, complies with all Federal and State laws and regulations.
Maintains the privacy and security of all confidential and protected health information. Uses and discloses only that information which is necessary to perform the function of the job.
MINIMUM EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND LICENSE/CERTIFICATION REQUIRED:
High school diploma or equivalent. Successful completion of courses in arrhythmia detection and in medical terminology. Must have corrected visual and aural acuity.
The employee in this position must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care based on the age of the patients served. He/she must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status, to interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his/here age-specific needs, and to provide the necessary care as described in the department's policies and procedures.