The Monitor Tech (Health Unit Coordinator II) is responsible for monitoring cardiac rhythms of patients on telemetric equipment. Interprets basic cardiac rhythms, common dysrhythmia and monitor mechanical malfunctions.
Other non-monitoring job duties such as maintaining supplies and equipment, performing non-clinical nursing tasks, and clerical/receptionist duties may be delegated to the monitor technician only after it has been evaluated that the monitor technician has sufficient time and focus on telemetry monitoring. Access to demographic information and limited Patient Health Information as related to job function.
DEPARTMENT SPECIFIC DUTIES:•Monitors and interprets accurately cardiac rhythms of patients on telemetric equipment. Informs licensed caregiver of dysrhythmia as they occur.•Maintains integrity of the telemetry system. Reports all malfunctions or needed adjustments of equipment.•Documents all EKG rhythm strips of patient’s room number, name, date, and the time the strip was obtained.•Ensures that all alarms are on at all times with the appropriate parameters.•Maintains and updates knowledge of basic arrhythmias.•May perform clerical and other duties as requested.•Obtains information and interpret information in terms of the patient’s needs.•Demonstrates knowledge of growth and development. •Understands the range of treatment needed as appropriate to the ages of the patients served.•Demonstrates knowledge of electrocardiographic monitoring.•Responds appropriately to electrocardiographic rhythms.•Consistently answers questions and directs visitors and the patients’ family members in a courteous manner.•Consistently assists physicians and other hospital personnel with locating patients, charts, and answering questions at the time of request.•Consistently follows appropriate lines of authority when communicating information and/or screening calls (according to unit guidelines).•Consistently answers in-coming telephone calls within four rings:•Responds to caller’s needs or refers telephone calls to appropriate person/department.•Consistently assembles patient’s record within 30 minutes of transfer.•Maintains current and previous records according to unit policies/procedures.•Consistently keeps medical records in designated area.•Obtains chart copies for transfer to another facility before discharge.•Consistently maintains the integrity of the discharge chart for medical records.•Consistently enters orders correctly into the CERNER System in a timely manner.•Consistently follows appropriate CERNER downtime procedures (hard copy).•Consistently signs, times and dates all transcribed orders as required.•Consistently notifies nurse caring for patient of any STAT orders when written.•At time of admission and on-going, documents allergies on medication administration record, physician order sheet, front of chart and kardex, and inputs info on the PMI screen. Maintains kardexes and to ensure complete and accurate.•Assists the RN in clarifying illegible or confusing orders information in order to facilitate patient follow-up.•Demonstrates accurate rhythm interpretation, notifies nurse of cardiac changes, maintains alarm integrity, accurately obtains strips during a Code Blue, and consistently obtains rhythm strips and documents measurements.•Show evidence of input into unit effectiveness; attends all staff meetings, and/or reads and signs 100% of staff meeting minutes. (Unable to exceed standards).•Participates in unit quality improvement activities as assigned.•Gives end of shift report regarding pending issues to oncoming HUC or appropriate staff person.•Uses all functions of computer system: transfer, discharge census sheets, reports, print functions, etc.•Consistently keeps patient computer screen updated.•Obtains preliminary reports as needed.•Transports needed items to/from lab, pharmacy, or other departments as needed.•Obtains emergency equipment as needed.•Completes other non-direct patient care duties as directed.•Consistently checks pre-established unit inventory and orders needed supplies.•Takes responsibility in utilizing and directing volunteers.•Consistently follows Infection Control Policies including proper handling of specimens and hand washing.•Consistently assists in providing a safe environment by following all fire and safety precautions.•Reports, documents, and takes appropriate action (by the end of the shift) for incidents or quality issues that may affect the patient’s or staff’s well-being.•Assists in completing emergency forms, i.e., Fire Alarm Drill Log.•Consistently reports broken equipment and/or needs for repairs and tags equipment appropriately.
Required:Must successfully complete EKG test within the first 30 days of hire EKG certificate of completion (maintain current at all times)Will demonstrate competency in monitoring and interpreting cardiac rhythms accurately, upon hire or transfer and annually.Successful completion of medical terminology course Able to understand complex written and oral instructions. Ability to respond quickly and calmly to emergency situations. Comprehensive general clerical skills required. Demonstrates effective oral and written communication skills towards all clients. Must be able to write legibly. Demands require working in a fast paced environment with frequent interruptions and remaining calm under stress. Must possess excellent organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize and organize work load independently. Must demonstrate teamwork in a pleasant manner.High School Diploma or GED
Preferred:Health Unit Coordinator certification desiredAmerican Heart Association BLS certificationPrior unit secretary training or health care experience
Job: Non-Clinical/AdministrativePrimary Location: Palm Springs, CaliforniaHospital Location: Desert Regional Medical CenterJob Type: PT1Shift Type: Days Employment practices will not be influenced or affected by an applicant’s or employee’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other legally protected status. Tenet will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship.
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