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.
NATURE AND SCOPE:
Interacts internally with physicians, immediate staff members, Hospital & University officials, patients and the general public.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.