Monitor Tech - PRN/Float Pool

The Monitor Tech is responsible for supporting the departmental health care team and patients in accordance with established guidelines, such as observe the monitors for all patients on the unit, print strips per policy and report changes to the RN/Charge Nurse immediately. In addition, under the direction of the Registered Nurse, the Monitor Tech will be expected to observe the monitor as needed during an en route transportation. Normally receives general instructions on all assignments and in accordance with the standards, policies, and practices of Valley Presbyterian Hospital. These services further the mission of Valley Presbyterian Hospital, which is to provide high quality, cost effective healthcare for the people in the communities we serve.
The Monitor Tech will also be responsible for providing general clerical support to the departmental manager, staff, physicians, and patients in accordance with established guidelines and procedures, such as Meditech data entry, filing, and the answering of telephones and call lights.
The Monitor Tech will float between ICU, Tele and EAU.
1 year of previous monitor tech experience
Basic arithmetic, reading, and writing skills
Completion of EKG training and/or experience in the health care setting
Ability to read, write, and speak English
Must demonstrate technical competence, professional clinical judgment, communication skills and sensitivity
Prior experience in patient care/monitoring preferred
Strong customer service skills required to communicate with patients, departmental internal/external clients, staff, and physicians
Basic knowledge of software used by the department preferred
Must possess the ability to effectively coordinate multiple projects, use time management skills, problems solve
Able to work independently as well as part of a team in the health care setting
Must be able to fulfill the essential functions of the position
High school diploma or equivalent
Must successfully complete and maintain BLS certification
Must successfully complete and maintain LA City Fire Card certification at the time of hire or within the first 30 days of employment
Must successfully complete and maintain VPH Annual EKG Competency at the time of hire or within the first 30 days of employment
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (These are the essential job functions for this position. The essential functions of this job include, but may not be limited to those listed in this job description. Employees hired for this position must be able to perform the essential function of this job without imposing significant risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others):
Assists with transportation and/or discharge of patients and other indirect patient care duties as appropriate.
Understands and correctly utilizes all modes of communication to notify the appropriate emergency team (Rapid Response, Code Blue) as determined by patient's cardiac rhythm.
Communicates and documents changes in patient's cardiac rhythm with immediate communication to the RN of all significant changes. Runs strips per unit routine and in emergency situations.
Correctly interprets cardiac rhythms, conferring with appropriate resources on borderline cases.
Correctly updates/admits/discharges patient from the central monitoring system in a timely manner.
Displays professional commitment and supports the unit team by promoting unity and teamwork among coworkers by maintaining a positive attitude and positive working relationships.
Effectively organizes and prioritizes workflow while maintaining a quiet, clean, and professional environment.
In conjunction with and as directed by the manager/nurse in charge, effectively organizes and prioritizes workflow while maintaining a quiet, clean, and professional environment.
Maintains unit supplies, forms, and manuals.
Performs receptionist functions for the department. Answers all telephone lines and patient calls promptly and politely taking accurate messages as appropriate.
Assures and insures that all telephone calls, including internal calls, are routed properly by following up with the appropriate party.
Remains aware of current census and maintains accurate documentation on admissions, transfers, and discharges communicating changes in a timely manner.
Responsible for understanding and participating in the organization-wide Performance Improvement Program through orientation, education, departmental and interdepartmental quality control, performance improvement, and quality planning activities.
Uses the computer system for order entry and to assist the health team in obtaining needed information. Prints reports as required.

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