HCA, Hospital Corporation of America Monitor Tech - PRN in Austin, Texas

Heart Hospital of Austin is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2014. Heart Hospital of Austin —home to one of the largest non-academic cardiovascular research programs in the world—is a 58- bed hospital with a comprehensive 24-hour emergency department, an advanced Executive Wellness Program, five operating rooms (ORs), including two hybrid ORs, three catheterization labs and two electrophysiology labs. It is one of the highest performing cardiovascular facilities in the nation, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Healthgrades awarded Heart Hospital of Austin, in conjunction with its parent campus, St. David’s Medical Center, the 2016 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™, 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ and the 2016 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™—a unique trio of awards that only three hospitals in the nation were able to achieve. Heart Hospital of Austin has been named one of the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics for nine years and to Truven's list of 100 Top Hospitals for four years, in conjunction with St. David’s Medical Center.

The Telemetry monitor technician maintains close observation of the electrocardiograph patterns of patients. The monitor technician possesses a basic knowledge of dysrhthmia interpretation and utilizes effective communication with unit personnel and interdisciplinary team members.

Performs monitoring of patients who have cardiac telemetry ordered, according to hospital policies and procedures:

Observes and monitors constantly to detect changes in cardiac rhythms. Demonstrates basic knowledge of the effects of cardiac medications on cardiac rhythms. Seeks assistance from the charge nurse or cardiac clinician as needed to interpret cardiac rhythms. Informs, in a timely manner, charge nurse and/or primary nurse of any change in rhythm and/or significant change in rate. Alert charge nurse, or any available RN, immediately of life threatening dysthymias.

Maintains a record of each patient’s cardiac rate and rhythm: An hourly log is maintained of each telemetry patient’s rate and rhythm. Act as a resource for staff with remote telemetry patients. Utilizes V lead for interpretation unless otherwise indicated. Assists in optimal lead placement when V is not the most appropriate lead. Prepares equipment for patients.

Technical Activities Obtain EKG skills prior to completion of orientation. Pass the cardiac monitoring exam upon completion of orientation. Establishes patient setup/connection tasks including inputting patient specific data for hemodynamic monitor use, SaO2, and EKG.

Qualifications/Specifications Education:High school graduate or G.E.D. certificate required (if hired after January 1, 2003). Licensure/Certification:BLS certification required prior to end of orientation. Basic EKG skills required.. Experience:6 months to 1 year continuous experience in an acute care setting preferred.

Job: *Nursing Support

Title: Monitor Tech - PRN

Location: Texas-Austin-Heart Hospital of Austin

Requisition ID: 25960-60320