Reports to the Manager. Performs direct patient care which includes performance of basic hemodialysis techniques and procedures, daily patient care and observations under the direct supervision and guidance of a registered nurse. Specific tasks to be performed are determined based upon patient care unit assignment and may include some or all of the duties listed below.
MISSION, VALUES and SERVICE GOALS
MISSION: We deliver outstanding care, inspire health, and connect with heart.
VALUES: Trust. Respect. Integrity. Compassion.
SERVICE GOALS: Personally connect. Keep everyone informed. Be on their team.
Performs patient care services by:
Provides direct patient care including performing patient treatment from start to finish and handling daily operations between patient and dialysis machine.
Responds to machine alarms according to established procedures.
Performs dialysis required laboratory procedures and quality control which include but not limited to specimen collection, blood sugar testing, and proper labeling of the specimen collected.
Monitors patient status, including vital signs, and documents.
Participates in patient care treatments and procedures by:
Documents all activities and care delivered to the patient, in the EMR, according to established protocols.
Communicates with the RN regarding patient status, interventions completed, data collected, any abnormal findings specific to vital signs or procedural set ups. Responds to emergency situations with appropriate treatment as directed by the RN.
Follows established safety and emergency policies and procedures in daily practice or emergency situations including handling of equipment and supplies during emergencies.
Supports the patient care unit by:
Responsible for basic water testing-related tasks
Assists in the patient discharge and transfer practices, as directed by the RN, including but not limited to: gathering patient belongings and transporting patient to other rooms or transportation vehicle, amongst others.
Ensures stocking of all supplies and equipment is done daily and as needed, and also assists with answering the telephone.
Supports patient advocacy, patient rights and responsibilities and service standards.
Performs other functions to maintain personal competence and contribute to the overall effectiveness of the department by:
Completing other job-related duties and projects as assigned.
Associate complies with the following organizational requirements:
Attends and participates in department meetings and is accountable for all information shared.
Completes mandatory education, annual competencies and department specific education within established timeframes.
Completes annual employee health requirements within established timeframes.
Maintains license/certification, registration in good standing throughout fiscal year.
Direct patient care providers are required to maintain current BCLS (CPR) and other certifications as required by position/department.
Consistently utilizes appropriate universal precautions, protective equipment, and ergonomic techniques to protect patient and self.
Adheres to regulatory agency requirements, survey process and compliance.
Complies with established organization and department policies.
Available to work overtime in addition to working additional or other shifts and schedules when required.
Commitment to Beacon's six-point Operating System, referred to as The Beacon Way:
Leverage innovation everywhere.
Cultivate human talent.
Embrace performance improvement.
Build greatness through accountability.
Use information to improve and advance.
Communicate clearly and continuously.
Education and Experience
The knowledge, skills and abilities as indicated below are normally acquired through the successful completion of a high school diploma and certification as a Dialysis Technician
One (1) year recent experience as a Dialysis Technician preferred.
A minimum of one year experience in a healthcare setting preferred.
Knowledge & Skills
Demonstrates ability to read, legibly print or write, correctly spell medical and non-medical terms and understand and follow verbal and written instructions.
Requires an understanding of medical terminology.
Demonstrates math skills necessary to add, subtract, multiply, divide, use fractions and calculate percentages (for example, weigh patients and take pulses, respirations, etc.).
Demonstrates communication and interpersonal skills necessary to interact effectively with patients, visitors and co-workers and to maintain positive working relationships.
Requires proficiency in basic computer skills and sufficient keyboarding skills to complete the work assigned accurately and in a reasonable amount of time.
Requires the ability to work independently, take initiative and be self-motivated.
Maintain BLS certification.
Maintain dialysis technician certification recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Works in a patient care environment requiring physical exertion, frequent changes in job demands, certain undesirable patient care activities and possible exposure to bio-hazards.
Requires an understanding of the need to be responsive and reasonably adaptable due to extenuating circumstances in support of associates and department functions.
Physical Demands Requires the physical ability and stamina (i.e. to walk/stand for prolonged periods of time, push carts/wheelchairs up to 50 pounds, to position/lift patients at a maximum of 35 pounds unassisted, over 35 pounds requires assistance, provide CPR, etc.) to perform the essential functions of the position.