Full Time 40 hours Grade 092 Pediatric OPD Nursing/SMH
8:30 AM-5 PM; OCCASIONAL WEEKENDS
Performs clinical and clerical functions in support of patients and care providers in patient care activities. Performs a variety of technical, procedural and information systems tasks, for patients of all ages, facilitating the delivery of quality patient care in an efficient and cost effective manner. Utilizes customer service skills in greeting and organizing the patient visit. Exercises skill, with latitude for independent judgment, in decisions regarding patient flow, procedural activities, management of equipment and patient room supplies and meeting provider needs. Conducts self in a manner that is open and approachable and conducive to teamwork within the area of practice. Acts as a role model to new staff. This is a temporary position until 12/2015.
**Typical Assignments and Responsibilities:**
With RN oversight, precepts new Clinical Technologists to the area, providing detailed overview of requirements and assuring competence in all areas of practice.
Performs a variety of technical assignments related to diagnostic testing (use of centrifuge to spin urine, use of accu-easy, etc. ) and performs quality controls as required for all point of care testing.
Obtains various specimens, including development of expert skills in performing phlebotomy on pediatric patients. Accurately labels, logs and processes specimens, using pneumatic tube system to distribute specimens to appropriate laboratory.
Assists providers in obtaining cultures, smears, and stains.
Prepares patient for provider visit, pulls up lab or other diagnostic data that will facilitate efficient use of provider time.
Acts as operating/ procedure room assistant during scheduled procedures (e. g. , cystoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, breast biopsy, revision of scar, etc. ) including preparation of operatory/procedure room. Provides standard, basic instruction to the patient regarding the procedure. Anticipates provider needs during the procedure, accesses additional instrumentation, accurately prepares specimens for the lab by placing them in the appropriate preservative medium and applies the appropriate dressing to the wound site at the completion of the procedure. May plate cytopath specimens to be sent to the lab. These competencies must be reviewed annually.
Attaches patient to equipment which will measure different parameters of patient status, e. g. , dynamapp, pulse oximeter, EKG, cardiac monitor, pneumatic tourniquet, etc. Works with braces, measuring patient for fit correctly. Must demonstrate competence in use of this equipment annually.
Assists providers during exams, anticipating individual provider needs and complexity of the patient. Assures equipment/supplies are available for provider, based on individual provider preference. Works with lasers for procedures, abiding by the safety practices that are required when lasers are in use. Must demonstrate competence on these activities annually.
Checks and calibrates equipment on a daily, weekly or monthly basis as determined by type of equipment; consults with Bio-Medical Engineering in resolution of issues, as equipment problems arise.
Cleans and prepares equipment, instrumentation to be sent to Sterile Supply. Operates autoclave or processing equipment, dependent on area needs; conducts required Infection Control Quality tests to verify proper functioning of equipment on a daily basis.
Explains procedures and systems in the process of care to the patient. Provides standard discharge instructions as appropriate. Maximizes room utilization (exam and procedure rooms) through establishing efficient communication systems with other members of the team and through assuring that needed supplies are available.
Conducts inventory of supplies, requisitions needed supplies from internal and external vendors, tracks utilization for cost trending purposes. Makes recommendations regarding opportunities to decrease cost in use of equipment and supplies. Implements new supply standards dependent on needs of the unit.
Maintains a clean working environment, being attuned to infection control and safety issues.
Provides clerical support through completion of specimen requisitions, telephone answering, and scheduling of patients for appointment follow-up via the IDX system, as well as completing multi-resource scheduling and scheduling patients for diagnostic studies and/or procedures with ancillary areas (radiology, cardiology, etc. ) as requested by the care provider.
Assists in patient care through use of Allscripts Touchworks system, entering vital signs and other data obtained, and problem lists and medication lists. Collects data for quality improvement studies; works with unit leadership in identifying areas for improvement and opportunities to improve patient and provider experiences in the area. Participates in unit committees or projects as requested by Nurse Manager/leader.
**Skills and Abilities: **
Must demonstrate exceptional customer service skills with providers, staff and patients. Must have well developed verbal and written communication skills. Must demonstrate exceptional caring and concern for the patients. Must be able to provide examples of teamwork from past positions. Must be attuned to the needs of pediatric as well as adult patient populations. Must be familiar with computers.
**Minimum Qualifications: **
Associate's degree and/or certificate in a related field or four years of experience in a patient care setting or equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of medical terminology and procedures is required. Computer experience is preferred.
*EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled*
*Job Title:* Ambulatory Technologist III
*Location:* Strong Memorial Hospital
*Job ID:* 191799
*Full/Part Time:* Full-Time