Chestertown, Maryland

What You Will Do:

JOB SUMMARY:

Assumes responsibility for cardiac monitoring functions on patients requiring monitoring on nursing units and completes appropriate documentation.  Supports direct patient care activities by performing clerical functions and communicates to all persons involved in unit operations. Responsible for maintaining patient records in a condition which promotes efficient data collection and retrieval. Works under the direct supervision of Registered Nurses.  Supports System and Nursing Strategic Plans, Relationship-Based Care, and Shared Leadership.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB:

  1. Constantly observes cardiac monitors.
  2. Monitors, documents, and reports unsafe cardiac monitoring equipment.
  3. Runs a cardiac rhythm strip for each patient, at designated intervals; files on patient's medical record; documents cardiac rhythms with interpretation on patient's medical record.
  4. Identifies and reports to RN or physician any new and/or significant arrhythmias; documents on the record.
  5. Monitors the rhythm, during a cardiac emergency, at the central station; documents rhythm changes (make notations of the time of each event on the rhythm strips).
  6. Initiates, completes, maintains and/or updates a variety of records, manuals, resource materials and reports.
  7. Monitors and files report on patient's medical record.
  8. Changes batteries, applies electrodes, and initiates repairs to monitors.
  9. Processes patient charges.
  10. Performs clerical duties which include but are not limited to:
    1. accurate, legible transcription of orders
    2. copying and filing
    3. chart assemble and breakdown
    4. telephone etiquette and technical skills
    5. scheduling of diagnostic tests
  11. Maintains an orderly work environment by minimizing clutter/noise in the nurses' station, assisting physicians and other health care team members with charts, and performing light cleaning duties.
  12. Monitors, requisitions, and stocks supplies to maintain unit PAR levels. Reports problems to unit manager in a timely manner
  13. Communicates with RN throughout the shift, establishing time frames and priorities to facilitate patient care and movement through the system; notifies appropriate departments of patient admissions, discharges, and transfers.
  14. Assures use of universal precautions.
  15. Seeks and supports opportunities for professional growth and development.
  16. Answers telephones and intercoms; receives and conveys messages; places calls as requested.
  17. Communicates in a professional manner and demonstrates respect for patients/families/significant others and other health team members.
  18. Offers consistent and visible support and feedback to peers and staff.  Applies principles of caring and healing in interactions with patients and families and with colleagues.
  19. Serves as coach and mentor for less experienced colleagues.
  20. Complies with all hospital rules and regulations. Strives to achieve      excellence of service as identified through the UM Shore Regional Health values. Responds to UM Shore Regional Health emergency codes as appropriate.
  21. Responsible for honest behavior in all matters.  To the best of the employee’s knowledge and understanding, complies with all Federal and State laws and regulations.
  22. Maintains the privacy and security of all confidential and protected health information.  Uses and discloses only that information which is necessary to perform the function of the job.
  23. Ensures accuracy in the medication process, including, transport, storage, and security of medication to include IV solutions.

Performs related duties as assigned



What You Need to Be Successful:

MINIMUM EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND LICENSE/CERTIFICATION REQUIRED:

High school diploma or equivalent.  Must have corrected visual and aural acuity.  Must be able to read cardiac rhythms and possess knowledge of medical terms. Minimum of one year of clerical/secretarial experience; preferably in a healthcare setting.  Demonstrated keyboard skills.  Successful completion of the SHS unit secretary course. Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is required and must be obtained within 90 days from date of hire. Excellent verbal communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
The employee in this position must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care based on the age of the patients served.  He/she must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status, to interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs, and to provide the necessary care as described in the department's policies and procedures.


We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.  See Job Description

Chestertown, Maryland

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) delivers a special blend of clinical skill, innovation and caring in each area we serve.

We share the research and specialized care for which our teaching hospital is known with our member hospitals, health centers, doctors and care teams, all of which are focused on the people we serve.

Our 13 hospitals in Maryland provide care to Maryland residents, the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

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