Mary Greeley Medical Center Monitor Technician in Ames, Iowa
Under general supervision, performs specified duties on an assigned nursing in caring for adolescent through geriatric patients. Ensures all actions taken in carrying out responsibilities support patient centered care.
Unit Specific Position Responsibilities
Utilizes handoff communication at shift change.
Monitors cardiac rhythms, documents rhythms hourly and heart rate. Runs rhythm strip at the beginning of every shift & analyzes rhythm. Nurses then analyze each rhythm and document on the cardiac rhythm record.
Reports changes in the cardiac rhythm immediately to the nurses caring for the patient. Runs strip of rhythm changes for nurses to analyze and document.
Maintains and cleans cardiac monitoring equipment. Informs Biomed when there is equipment malfunction. Discusses equipment malfunctions with clinical supervisor.
Verifies stock of needed supplies for cardiac monitoring, i.e. lead wires and batteries.
Cleans each telemetry pack/lead wires and inspects each pack for any damage after each patient use.
Organizes and cleans cardiac monitor screens/surface and desk area.
Performs specific duties as assigned: maintains and organizes bedside monitor equipment, completes quality control for Accuchecks, checks code cart every 11-7 shift, clerical duties, answers patient call lights and notifies staff when patient/family require assistance, and answers telephones.
Assists patients, families and visitors with various needs to enhance customer service. Utilizes safety practices in daily activities.
Participates in staff development and orientation of new staff.
Attends and participates in 50% of department unit meetings.
Completes required rhythm strips and annual test.
Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience
Required Qualifications (Including any licensure, certification, education):
Completion of basic EKG class with grade of at least 80%.
Mandatory Reporter training within 90 days of hire and must maintain throughout employment.
Highschool diploma or GED
Required Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
Knowledge of computer skills related to cardiac monitoring within six weeks of hiring.
Ability to observe continual computerized monitoring of cardiac rhythms; to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; to make decisions quickly and respond in emergency situations; to handle confidential work with tact and discretion.
Ability to assist nursing personnel with patients; ability to understand and communicate oral and written English; explain procedures and give information; skill in the use of specialized equipment and/or techniques; ability to detect abnormal conditions and report appropriately; able to function promptly and appropriately under stressful conditions.
Ability to obtain clinical competence and knowledge of caring for adolescent through geriatric patients.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
Knowledge of medical terminology.