HCA, Hospital Corporation of America Monitor Tech - Telemetry - Days & Nights w/Weekend Rotation in Austin, Texas

St. David’s South Austin Medical Center provides convenient, comprehensive healthcare and leading-edge services in Women’s Health, St. David's Neuroscience & Spine Institute, Oncology, Heart and Vascular, Surgical Services (including da Vinci robotics), Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. The hospital recently underwent a $72 million expansion, and will be the site of Austin's first bone marrow transplant center. __

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_POSITION SUMMARY_

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. The Monitor Technician observes and interprets cardiac telemetry tracings at a central monitoring station under the direction of a Registered Nurse. Records rhythm data at regular intervals as needed.

_ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES_

Performs monitoring of patients who have cardiac telemetry ordered, according to hospital;policies and procedures: * Observe monitors constantly to detect changes in cardiac rate and rhythm * Demonstrates basic knowledge of the effects of cardiac medications on cardiac rhythms * Interprets accurately cardiac rate and rhythm 90% of the time * 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 dysrhythmias * Recognizes that variables such as age, race, nationality, culture, disease-causing vulnerabilities, socioeconomic factors affect the patient populations under their care. Uses interventions appropriate to these factors (e.g., interpreter, dietary preferences, social service consult, etc.) Maintains a record of each patient’s cardiac rate and rhythm: * Obtains a rhythm strip and correctly labels it with the patients name, room number, date, time, channel number, rate, and rhythm at the beginning of the shift and as any changes occur * Prepares rhythm strip for each patients chart within one hour of shift * An hourly log is maintained of each patient’s rate and rhythm * Act as a resource for staff with remote telemetry patients * Utilizesproper leadsfor interpretation unless otherwise indicated * Assists in optimal lead placement whendesignated leadsare not the most appropriate lead * Prepares equipment for patients * Clears and/or merges memory for each patient every four hours and as needed Contributes to the orderly functioning of the unit: * Maintains floor stock par levels for telemetry patients * Telemetry charges are regularly and accurately entered on all telemetry patients * Transmitters and wires are routinely cleaned * Identifies equipment problems and notifies BioMed Department * Answers phone for the unit as needed Professionalism: * Attends 80% of staff meetings. * Attends 100% of mandatory meetings and inservices. * Participates in department QI activities * Promptly greets individuals entering the unit and offer assistance * Maintains confidentiality about hospital matters * Adheres to the hospital and unit policies and procedures. * Maintains competencies required by the hospital, unit and position.

_EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE_ Required: High School Diploma or equivalent. Completion of a dysrhythmia interpretation course with a pass rate of 85% within orientation period.

Preferred: Completion of a Basic EKG course. 1-2 years of college. Computer skills. 6 months to 1 year of previous experience as a monitor technician. __** __ ** _LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES_ Required: BLS

Job: *Nursing Support

Title: Monitor Tech - Telemetry - Days & Nights w/Weekend Rotation

Location: Texas-Austin-South Austin Medical Center

Requisition ID: SAMC-MonitorTech