Position Type: PRN
Scheduled Hours per 2 week Pay Period: 0
Primary Location: NE > OMAHA > SERVICE CENTER-NORTH BLDG
This position contributes to the mission of CHI Health by providing cardiac monitoring services for patients cared for at CHI Health hospitals in the region. The clinical operation of centralized telemetry takes place 24/7/365 at the CHI Regional Monitoring Center, designed to assist nurses and physicians in providing quality patient care. The cardiac monitoring specialist works with a diverse team of specialized technicians in this patient-centered care environment. The cardiac monitoring specialist is responsible for the continuous ECG monitoring of patients' cardiac rhythm by: responding to all alarms detected; identifying cardiac arrhythmias; reporting significant events; tracking patient activities; documenting abnormalities; and producing cardiac rhythm reports.Key Job Responsibilities
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Maintains shift documentation, keeps monitoring team informed of patients' cardiac rhythm activities, provides unit hand-off report before leaving the monitoring station.
Performs holter scanning analysis to produce a daily cardiac arrhythmia management report on selected patients as ordered by the physician.
- BLS required upon hire
- 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.
- 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.Additional Information
- Requisition ID: 2019-R0258580
- Schedule: Part-time
- Market: CHI Health
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