Catholic Health Initiatives Cardiac Monitor Specialist – PT .6 days in OMAHA, Nebraska

Cardiac Monitor Specialist – PT .6 days

Description

CHI Health is a regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities. Headquartered in Omaha, the combined organization consists of 15 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health facilities and more than 150 employed physician practice locations in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa. More than 12,000 employees comprise the workforce of this network that includes 2,820 licensed beds and serves as the primary teaching partner of Creighton University’s health sciences schools. In fiscal year 2014, the organization provided a combined $149.3 million in quantified community benefit including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With locations stretching from Kearney, Neb. to Missouri Valley, Iowa, the health network is the largest in Nebraska and serves residents of Nebraska and southwest Iowa. For more information, visit online at CHIhealth.com.

Key Job Responsibilities

  1. Confirms initiation and discontinuation of patient monitoring with the nurse upon admission/discharge or transfer, obtains pertinent information and completes the plan of care for cardiac monitoring.

  2. Responds to all monitoring alarms, Identifies abnormalities, interprets cardiac arrhythmias, triages actionable events, evaluates trends, notifies the nurse according to alarm management protocols, adjusts alarm parameters, and documents significant occurrences for the medical record.

  3. Ensures safe patient monitoring by: ensuring alarms are kept on with appropriate limits in accordance with Clinical Alarm Standards; responding immediately to life-threatening arrhythmias notifying the appropriate response team within 1 minute; recognizing changes in ST segments, QT intervals, SpO2 waveforms, and BP measurements immediately communicating abnormal findings to the nurse; following Leads Off protocol documenting patients’ whereabouts throughout the monitoring period.

  4. Tracks patient monitoring activities, interprets/documents cardiac rhythm strips for each monitored patient every 12 hours, reviews/edits alarm categories in event disclosure, and produces a 24 hour graphic summary report for each patient.

  5. Communicates with the nursing staff to check patient census, obtain pertinent information, report problems with ECG signals, discuss clinical significance of cardiac arrhythmias, review alarm parameters, and obtain guidelines for monitoring.

  6. Maintains shift documentation, keeps monitoring team informed of patients’ cardiac rhythm activities, provides unit hand-off report before leaving the monitoring station.

  7. Performs holter scanning analysis to produce a daily cardiac arrhythmia management report on selected patients as ordered by the physician.

  8. Uses established guidelines to review 24 hour event disclosure to assist in evaluating the need for continuing telemetry and communicates to the nurse or resident when appropriate use telemetry discussion is needed with the physician.

  9. Enters daily telemetry charges for each monitored patient.

  10. Performs as a super user of all features of the Monitoring System, assists nurses, physicians, residents, and learners in the retrieval of monitoring data.

  11. Evaluates equipment malfunctions, reports problems, issues, or concerns to leader or appropriate team for resolution.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Required Education for Staff Job Levels

None

Required Licensure and Certifications

BLS required upon hire. Please refer to policy “Licensed, Certified and Registered Employees” for acceptable life support cards.

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

New hire is required to successfully complete Basic ECG Interpretation class within two weeks. One month on-the-job training/experience provided to achieve competency in cardiac rhythm skills and operation of the centralized telemetry system. Within six months, employee is expected to complete certification for cardiac rhythm analysis technician (CRAT) offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International.

PREFERRED Qualifications

Associate degree in EKG technology preferred or 1-2 years education or training related to cardiac monitoring, EKG technology, emergency medicine, nursing, exercise science or other cardiology related field

Minimum of 1 year experience in a clinical setting, patient care or hospital-based, including medical terminology is required.

Experience in cardiac monitoring in an acute hospital environment with a centralized telemetry system is preferred.

Communication/collaboration skills, critical thinking/analytical skills, problem solving skills, computer skills. Attention to detail, ability to concentrate, and personal traits of team orientation, professionalism and willingness to learn.

Consistently adheres to and demonstrates our Core Values of Reverence, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence.

Catholic Health Initiatives and its organizations are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Job Patient Care Support

Primary Location NEBRASKA-OMAHA-SERVICE CENTER-NORTH BLDG

Daily Schedule Days

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 48

Weekends Required Occasional

Req ID: 2017-R0115256