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PRN Stress Technician PPMC

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Job ID: 205902
Category: Technician/Technologists
Work Type: PER DIEM
Location: Philadelphia, PA, United States
Work Schedule: shift 1

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Penn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.

Today at Penn Medicine, someone will make a breakthrough. Someone will heal a heart, deliver hopeful news, and give comfort and reassurance. Our employees shape our future each day. Are you living your life's work?

The Cardiovascular Testing at the Heart and Vascular institute has a PRN opportunity for a Stress Technician at PPMC.
This position reports to the Supervisor for Nuclear Cardiology/Heart Station, performing clinical responsibilities including diagnostic stress testing using exercise or pharmacologic induced stress, under the direction of nuclear cardiology physicians and Advanced Practice Professionals.


  • Obtain vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation)
  • 12 lead electrocardiographic placement (to include skin prep) and monitoring
  • IV placement (separate IV competencies apply)
  • Assess patient’s ability to walk safely (i.e. identify fall precautions, appropriate clothing, asses gait)
  • Monitors, prints and documents electrocardiographs as appropriate
  • Notifies clinical staff of EKG changes, and other safety concerns
  • Assures completeness of test reports including data editing.
  • Documents patient exam data in department electronic log sheet.
  • Maintains laboratory inventory (supplies, emergency drugs, and equipment).
  • Identifies equipment failures with EKG machines and places service call to appropriate equipment vendor to coordinate repairs.
  • Explains the nature and risks of exercise protocol to the patient.
  • Knowledge placement and process of Holter monitoring devices.

    Minimum Requirements:
    H.S. Diploma/GED And 2+ years experience in a health care setting with patient interaction
    And Experience acquiring and basic interpretation of a 12-lead EKG.
    Bachelor's Degree Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, Cardiovascular program, or Exercise Science and some clinical experience preferred
    Experience taking blood pressures preferred. A minimum experience of one year in stress testing preferred.
    American Heart Association CPR certification is required or must be obtained in the first month of employment.

    Skills and Abilities Req Pref Skill/Ability
    Candidate must know placement of 12-lead EKG and do basic interpretation and pass a competency within six months.
    Candidate must learn placement of IV’s using sterile techniques and universal precautions and pass a competency within six months as applicable by location.
    The candidate must have the ability to use proper handling techniques of drugs and equipment.
    The stress tech must willingly assist physician, NP, PA, or coworkers during stress testing and when needed.
    The candidate must also have ability to respond correctly in an emergency situation after initial training.
    Candidate will be required to perform various types of stress testing after initial training period, including pharmacologic, cardiopulmonary, stress echo, routine, and nuclear stress tests. 
    Candidate must be able to evaluate individual patients’ abilities and needs, and to communicate effectively and appropriately with others.

We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

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We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

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