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Telemetry Monitor Technician

Washington, DC
BASIC FUNCTION:
 
Under the direction of a Registered Nurse, the incumbent monitors telemetry data for multiple patients and accurately detects and identifies dysrhythmias in support of patient-centered care.  The incumbent does not provide patient diagnoses.
 
DIMENSIONS:
 
Indeterminate.
 
NATURE AND SCOPE:
 
Interacts internally with physicians, immediate staff members, Hospital & University officials, patients and the general public.
 
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:
  • Admits and discharges patients to/from the telemetry monitoring systems immediately upon arrival and upon discontinuation of said monitoring.
  • Ensures correct placement of lead on patient’s chest.  Identifies misplaced leads via monitor.
  • Obtains initial rhythm strip on admission.
  • Detects and notes dysrhythmias and notifies charge nurse or other registered nurse promptly for clinical management.
  • Documents interpretation of arrhythmias.
  • Monitors QT intervals for widening.
  • Monitors Quontron Resonance System (QRS) segments for changes and takes appropriate action.
  • Notes time of changes in rhythm strips.
  • Observes signs of patient rhythm changes and cardiac worsening and immediately notifies RN based on rhythm changes.
  • Ensures accurate count of monitors at beginning and end of each shift.
  • Sets alarm limits for patients according to types of dysrhythmias.
  • In the absence of other staff, answers patient call lights and relays information to other staff for follow-up.
  • Inputs appropriate documents in patient’s permanent record.
  • Attends departmental continuing education classes as scheduled.
  • Participates in maintaining a safe working environment for self and others.
  • Knows and applies principles of infection control.
  • Reports items of potential safety problems in work environment to charge nurse or nurse manager.
  • Understands and upholds principles of outstanding customer services.
  • Reports equipment malfunctioning to charge nurse or nurse manager.
  • Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.
  • Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training.
  • Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.
  • Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities.
  • Adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.
  • Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.
  • Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.  The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
 
CORE COMPETENCIES:
 
  • Ability to cooperate and work well with others and communicate effectively.
  • Awareness of personal safety guidelines and adherence to same.
  • Ability to navigate through telemetry monitoring systems efficiently.
  • Ability to relate to patients in a professional, courteous, and mature manner.
  • Competence in both oral and written English.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.
 
CARES CRITERIA
 
  • Must demonstrate collaboration; accountability; respect; excellence; and service.
  • Works with team members and peers in and outside of their immediate work group to create an exceptional experience for patients, students and other visitors; looks for ways to achieve departmental/institutional results by partnering.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her actions to provide health care and or ancillary functions in a highly efficient and compassionate manner.  The employee must function as a Steward (Have Ownership) of the Howard values that foster a commitment to improving the patient and student experience, organizational efficiency and the environment.
  • Embraces diversity; cares holistically for those we serve; treats all as we would like to be treated; manages the patient’s right to privacy with meticulous care 100% of the time and keeps patient and proprietary information about the institution confidential.
  • Anticipates the patient’s and student’s needs, presents as a model representative of the institution and maintains high standards of care while striving to improve performance and create exceptional experiences for our customers.
  • Behaves in a friendly, resourceful and professional manner towards all they encounter; treats patients, students and visitors in the same way that they would want their family members or themselves to be treated.
 
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
 
High school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.).
 
Proficiency in reading basic dysrhythmias, as evidenced by a passing score of 90% in a basic dysrhythmia/arrhythmia course, followed by successful completion of a minimum one-month preceptorship.
 
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