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CARDIAC MONITOR TECH - PRN

Company: St. Luke's Hospital
Location: CHESTERFIELD
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Required education:
Completion of a basic EKG course at St. Lukes Hospital, or equivalent, in writing, of having passed a recent dysrhythmia interpretation course at another institution.

Under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse, performs the function of Cardiac Monitor Observer.  This includes: observing a designated group of patients on cardiac monitors during a designated time frame, identifying and interpreting cardiac rhythms and dysrhythmias, documenting this activity and communicating these observations to the Charge Nurse or Registered Nurse and/or Physician responsible for the care of the patient.  Is responsible for adhering to all established Nursing Standards and Hospital Policies and for promoting teamwork with all members of the healthcare team. Performs duties and responsibilities in a manner consistent with our mission and values.

 

Principle Accountabilities:     % of Time Spent

 

1.    Responsible for knowledge and actions in the care and decision                 

      making for a designated patient population.  This is evidenced by:                                      75%                                                             

A.   Operating and understanding the cardiac monitoring system.

B.    Detecting and accurately interpreting cardiac rhythms and dysrhythmias. 

Annual Competency Required.

C.    Evaluating and Interpreting Patients’ rhythm within HP system and documenting per Telemetry Structure Standards.

D.    Communicating immediately to appropriate nurse and/or Charge Nurse whenever a change in the patient’s cardiac rhythm is indicated.

E.    Communicating telemetry information over past 24 hours upon physician or nurse request.

F.    Evaluating all “alarm” situations immediately.

G.   Evaluating the cause of constant alarming; trouble shoots if appropriate.

H.    Assuming responsibility for notifying patient’s nurse if patient remains off the monitor.

I.      Indicating location of patient while off monitor.

J.     Checking memory bank at least every shift.

           

2.    Organizes workload, sets priorities and uses time effectively in monitor-related activities:    10%

A.    focuses all attention to the monitor and monitoring system.

B.    remains at monitor banks unless relieved by another person capable of interpreting cardiac dysrhythmias.

C.    reviews all alarm and suspend modes prior to giving/receiving report and periodically throughout shift.

D.    receives report at central station in order to correlate visual and verbal data.

E.    completes assigned work by end of shift.

F.    establishes priorities in response to a changing workload.

 

3.    Identifies crisis and/or “stat” situations and takes appropriate action promptly.                     2%

 

4.   Documents in the HP system in a timely, accurate and concise

      manner.                                                                                                                                   5%

 

5.    Actively participates in the attainment of divisional goals and objectives and assist in          2%

the orientation of new and/or less experienced members of the nursing staff assigned

to the division                                                                                

 

6.    Responsible for self-directed learning and development by participating actively in              2%

       continuing education activities.

 

7.    Responsible for maintaining a safe, clean, orderly environment for patients /self by              2%

      observing standards for safety, infection control and universal precautions at all

      times:

A.    adheres to hospital policy on the handling and disposal of hazardous

      materials and infectious waste.

B.    recognizes safety hazards and acts to protect patient/self, i.e. Standards for Electrical Safety, Equipment Maintenance, etc.

C.    uses all equipment and supplies with all skill and demonstrates knowledge of its operation.  When functioning as the Monitor Observer this includes:

      1.   maintaining all monitor alarms in the “on”, position.

      2.    notifying Charge Nurse immediately of any malfunctioning/missing monitors.

      3.    maintaining monitor station supplies.

D.    adheres to the concepts of infection control by complying with standards

       for Standard Precautions.

E.    appropriately uses Quantros reporting system.

F.    adheres to all Hospital/Department/Unit standards for:

      1.   fire report/drills.

      2.   disaster reporting/drills.

      3.    tornado protective measures.

      4.    bomb threats

G.   Cleans patient telemetry monitor box between each patients

use, using cleaning techniques outlined in the operator’s manual.

 

8.     Performs other work duties as assigned.                                                                         2%        

 

Total 100%   


High school graduate or GED.

Completion of a basic EKG course at St. Luke’s Hospital, or equivalent, in writing, of having passed a recent dysrhythmia interpretation course at another institution.



1.    Demonstrates familiarity with medical terminology.

2.    Pursues programs of continuing education, updates and maintains knowledge and skills related to area of practice.

 

COMPETENCY WILL BE VALIDATED AT LEAST ONCE EVERY THREE YEARS.  STANDARDS DENOTING AN ANNUAL OR MORE FREQUENT COMPETENCY VALIDATION ARE LOCATED IN THE SCOPE OF PRACTICE.  COMPLETION OF HOSPITAL SAFETY PROGRAMS ARE REQUIRED ANNUALLY. 



Employee is required to sit continuously and walk occasionally.  Employee must lift/carry a light (1-20 lbs.) and medium (21-50 lbs.) load occasionally.  Employee is occasionally required to bend, squat, crawl, kneel, climb, lift waist to overhead.  Employee is frequently required  to reach forward and overhead.  For repetitive action, employee is required to use both hands for simple grasping and pushing/pulling.  Employee is occasionally exposed to electrical hazards and CRT terminal work.  Verbal and cognitive, as well as motor coordination and manual dexterity are required.  Speech, hearing and near-visual acuity are required .  May be needed to work any shift due to 24-hour day, as required, 7 days per week operation.  Employee is occasionally exposed to blood borne pathogens.

 

(Occasionally:  1-33%, Frequently:  34-66%, Continuously:  67-100%)

 

The most significant of duties are included but this does not exclude occasional work assignments not  mentioned or developmental duties.  

 

Job  Relationships:   Member of a comprehensive healthcare team, including other health care providers, the patient, the patients family and significant others.

 

Takes direction from:  Head Nurse, Associate Head Nurse, RN, and LPN

Supervised by:           Head Nurse


MISSION

Faithful to our Episcopal-Presbyterian heritage and its ministry of healing, St. Luke’s is dedicated to improving the health of the communities we serve.

Using talents and resources responsibly, we provide high quality, safe care with compassion, professional excellence and respect for each other and those we serve.

 

VISION

As an independent healthcare network, we create healthy communities in the region through our commitment to high quality, safe and personalized services.

 

CORE VALUES

Human Dignity

We accept and treat all persons as being created in the image of God.

 

Compassion

We respond with caring to the needs of others as if they were members of our family.

 

Justice

We honor each person’s rights and responsibilities in light of the common good.

 

Excellence

We set and strive to attain high standards of performance and continuous improvement.

 

Stewardship

We use our talents and resources wisely, with honesty and integrity.

 

FACES - Friendly - Available - Caring - Efficient - Safe Communication Standards: Promotes and provides courteous and effective communication with internal and external customers.

Keywords: St. Luke's Hospital, Chesterfield , CARDIAC MONITOR TECH - PRN, Other , CHESTERFIELD, Missouri

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