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Emergency Dept Tech (Per Diem)

Job ID: 214788
Category: Technician/Technologists
Work Type: PER DIEM
Location: Plainsboro, NJ, United States
Work Schedule: Per Diem Night Shift

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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?

POSITION SUMMARY 

The emergency department technician is an integral member of the health care team who delivers quality care through collaboration and communication with the team members. The work under the direct supervision of the registered nurse to support and assist the nurse in the delivery of quality care to patients and families. Some of the major responsibilities will include collection and reporting of patient data, incorporating organizational competencies of superior quality care and assuming responsibility and accountability for their role performance outcomes while supporting the standards of excellence. 

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

1. Evaluation Assists in evaluating nursing care given by comparing the patient's functional status from hour to hour and discussing this with the nurse. 

2. Documentation Documents findings, interventions and patient outcome results on patient documents. This may include I&O,VS, Bladder scanner results, pulse ox results, glucometer results or other findings. Documents using complete signature. Documents in Penn Chart all interventions and findings. 

3. Intervention 

  • Promotes infection control by using the appropriate hand washing techniques. 
  • Transports patients to diagnostic testing or to other patient care areas. ED Technicians certified in ACLS or who have successfully completed the telemetry transport course may transport stable telemetry patients according to hospital policy. 
  • Follows standard precautions and any other isolation precautions as dictated by the patient’s condition. 
  • Maintains a safe environment and protects the patient from injury by observing the patient who may be at risk for falls, confusion, disorientation, wandering or suicidal behaviors; follows Constant Observation Policy. 
  • Applies and monitors patients in restraints per policy and per medical order. 
  • Observes or monitors behavior/health state and responses to therapy. a) Temperature, Pulse, Respiration, blood pressure, height and weight, etc.
  • Performs patient care rounds per unit policy. 
  • Participates in staff and unit council meetings. 
  • Works in collaboration with all members of the healthcare team. 
  • Emergency Dept Tech NJS Reports findings to nurse concerning the patient and or family which may impact patient care. 
  • Performs or assists the patient with activities of daily living such as bathing, (bed, tub, shower, or sitz )grooming, eating, feeding, range of motion, ambulating, transferring and oral hygiene. 
  • Participates in the prevention and treatment of skin breakdown. 
  • Applies current accepted methods of heat and cold therapy as directed by the nurse.
  •  Provides for the patient’s oral dietary needs using currently accepted methods.
  •  Provides for the elimination needs by giving a bed pan, urinal, emptying urinary and or bowel appliances or implementing the bowel program under the direction of the RN. 
  • Assists with colostomy irrigations. 
  • Applies urosheath/condom catheter. 
  • Removes foley catheter as directed by the nurse and monitors urinary output as directed. 
  • Administers cleansing enemas as ordered. 
  • Performs post mortem care. 
  • Assists the physician to perform physical exams. 
  • Assists with oxygen therapy only and does not regulate the flow of oxygen. 
  • Encourage the use of the pulmonary toilet by using the incentive spirometer, coughing, turning and deep breathing. 
  • Participates in Quality Monitoring Procedures. 
  • Daily accucheck controls, urine dipsticks controls, clinitek controls
  • Daily code cart checks for defibrillator and code cart operations. 
  • Resuscitation Room(s) checklist every shift. 
  • Reinforces health care instruction to patients according to the directions of the nurse. 
  • Displays competence in using the following equipment and reports findings to the registered nurse:
    • Pulse oximeter, 12 Lead ECG, vital sign machine, glucometer, foley removal, lift and transfer devices etc.
  • Perform phlebotomy as directed by RN. 
  • Assists professional staff with: 
    • Discontinuing INT, Spinal immobilization including use of cervical collar and backboard, casting and splinting,
    • Transports patients to diagnostic testing or to other patient care areas. ED Technicians certified in ACLS or who have successfully completed the telemetry transport course may transport stable telemetry patients according to hospital policy. 

4. Planning 

  • Assists in setting mutually agreed upon realistic individual patient goals. 
  • Integrates the RN’s directions re: the patient’s plan of care into the care given to the patient.
  •  Gives RN report before the end of the shift regarding the patient’s response to the plan of care issues, and at various times during the shift to report unusual findings e.g., abnormal blood sugar results, vital sign changes, pain etc. 
  • Participate in unit upkeep and cleanliness of the Emergency Department. 

5. Assists in Assessment

  •  Identifies the patient per hospital policy before carrying out functions.
  •  Assists with data collection for nursing history and physical e.g., vital signs, ht. wt, blood sugar results, point of care testing results, functional status and communicates changes to the RN in a timely fashion.
  • Participates in respectful communication with patients, families and co-workers. 
  • Provides patient and family information to the registered nurse for coordination of care and discharge planning. 
  • Observes skin changes and reports discoloration, abrasions, infestations or skin breakdown. 

6. Report 

  • Receives written/verbal report at the beginning of each shift from the registered nurse (RN) regarding the care that is to be delivered to the assigned group of patients, or for patient needing constant observation. 

 

OTHER JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

1. Ensures Accountability: Holding self and others accountable to meet commitments. 

2. Patient/Customer Focus: Building strong patient/customer relationships and delivering patient centric solutions. 

3. Demonstrates Self-Awareness: Using a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses.

 4. Communicates Effectively: Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences. 

5. Collaborates: Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives. 

6. Instills Trust: Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity and authenticity. 

7. Recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization. 

8. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Using thought, knowledge, logic and methods to solve problems with effective solutions. 

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Education High school diploma or equivalent required. Vocational / Technical School / Diploma Program preferred.

· CAN or matriculating nursing student that has successfully completed clinical rotation preferred. EMT or EMPT preferred.

· BLS from the American Heart Association required.

 

 Related Work Experience 

  • At least 2 years related work experience preferred. 

Can additional experience substitute for education? If “yes”, specify type of experience (i.e. supervisory ornonsupervisory, etc) and identify how many years of additional experience: 

    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.

    Live Your Life's Work

    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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