Telemetry Technician

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Telemetry Technician (Oakdale) - Per Diem

Location: Oakdale, CA

Job Description

  1. Acts a Receptionist for the Nursing Station:  answers inquires of a general nature by patient/resident, visitors, other departments, Nursing Staff and Physician’s, assisting them in a friendly and cooperative manner.  Takes and relays messages to personnel on the unit.
  1. Assists Charge Nurse in maintaining appropriate visiting hours.
  1. Helps maintain quiet atmosphere in patient care areas.
  1. Coordinates services to the nursing unit:  Keeps stock and equipment inventories.  Maintains contact with department furnishing supplies and equipment and services to the unit.
  1. Requisitions supplies, equipment and maintenance and repair services, as directed and prepares related forms. 
  1. Requests hospital services such as clergy, and social services for patient/residents by placing calls to appropriate areas.
  1. Coordinates diagnostic and therapeutic services.  Accepts and schedules appointments; makes appropriate entries in the Kardex, completes required hospital forms and notifies appropriate staff and patients/residents.
  1. Routes charts to departments as required for diagnostic and treatment procedures or consultation.
  1. Routes patient records according to established procedures
  1. Performs admissions and discharge of telemetry patient.
  1. In Code Blue, continuously monitors patients, and mounts EKG strips.
  1. Performs clerical duties related to patient/resident; notifies the appropriate departments and staff of patient/resident disposition. 
  1. Assembles and prepares the appropriate charts and forms; updates patient/resident census and disposition of records and reports.
  1. Maintains reporting/recordkeeping at the beginning and end of shift: completes forms, shift reports and notifies team leader of changes in rhythm.
  1. Transmits reports as directed.
  1. Obtains telemetry strips q 4 hr and prn:  measures and records PR, QRS, QT interval (PR, QRS, AT q 4 hr) – applies strips to trend sheet, standard trends, copies trends.
  1. Keeps patient records current; prepares Physician’s order for checking by professional nurse, following transcription procedure.  Files reports of test, procedures, and consultation.
  1. Keeps charts in order with all forms properly identified.
  1. Pulls charts as needed and sees that only authorized persons have access to patient/resident records.
  1. Responsibility for telemetry equipment includes: assuring telemetry equipment is operational, keeps readout/printer loaded, cleaning telemetry wire/packs after use.  Refers telemetry units for repair as appropriate.
  1. Monitors monitor controls as appropriate: HR limits, alarms on/off, answers and reviews alarm, ECG size.
  1. Maintains arrhythmia controls as appropriate: relearn, adjust alarms, paced/unpaced.
  1. Notifies Nurse in timely manner of changes in rhythm, and differences from report at change of shift, as per job specific skills.
  1. Notifies new incidence of 3 PVC’s or greater dependent upon patient history, Physician set parameters, Code Blue for any sustained V-Tac, V-Fib, idioventricular asystole.  Reports to Physician when requested.


Job Requirements

Minimum Education:
Medical terminology
High school graduate or equivalent required
Minimum Experience/Skills:
Experience in a health care setting is preferred
Ability to operate office equipment (copy machines, FAX, adding machines, and computer)
Speaks, reads and writes English fluently.  Is able to record information accurately in English
Able to perform basic mathematical calculations
Telemetry certification or documented competency within 90 days
CPR certified, or complete within 90 days
Current AHA BLS
Physical Demands:
Prolonged, extensive or considerable standing/walking
Lifts, positions, pushes up to 50 pounds
Considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching
Manual dexterity and mobility
Ability to move quickly
Frequent reach, twist, push and pull
Heavy lifting (50 lbs. and over) 50% of the time
Moderate lifting (25-49 lbs.) 25% of the time
Light lifting (under 25 lbs.) 25% of the time
Must be able to move heavy patients up to 350 lbs. at times in bed and transfer from bed to gurney or wheelchair
Heavy carrying (50 lbs. and over) 25% of the time
Moderate carrying (25-49 lbs.) 35% of the time
Light carrying (under 25 lbs.) 45% of the time
Must assist with ambulation orthostatic vital signs
Vision Requirements:
Ability to adjust vision sufficiently to perform duties
Working Conditions:
Regularly exposed to the risk of contagious and blood borne diseases  
Exposure to unpleasant elements (accidents, injuries, illness)
Subject to irregular hours
Increased stress due to multiple calls and inquiries
Able to work in spite of frequent interruptions
High exposure to communicable diseases and blood borne pathogens, rare exposure to toxic substances such as
radiation, nuclear isotopes, chemotherapeutic agent