Cardiac Monitor Technician ( Job Number: 169956 )
Kaiser Permanente - Honolulu, HI

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Under direct supervision of registered nurse or provider, performs variety of duties & services involving cardiac arrhythmia surveillance of telemetry & critical care unit (CCU) patients. Observes data generated from central cardiac monitors. Retains responsibility & accountability for delegated tasks.

Essential Functions:
Records & mounts rhythm strips of patients on cardiac arrhythmia monitors; measures heart rate, PR interval, QRS complexes & QT intervals per unit standards as necessary; records heart rates; observes central cardiac monitors constantly for arrhythmias & changes in blood pressure &/or respiration; reports changes in patient to health care provider or nurse
• Observes monitors for arrhythmia during insertion of pacing catheters & hemodynamic catheters; reports changes in patient to health care provider or nurse
• Assists staff in emergencies as directed; notifies appropriate personnel of emergency situations; follows established emergency protocol; remains calm throughout such procedures
• Observes effects of various medications in relationship to arrhythmia; reports effects to health care provider or nurse; observes & documents all pertinent information/data during unit code 500; reports pertinent information to incoming staff before leaving monitor station
      Answers call lights & notifies nurse of patient needs; assists visitors w/ questions & requests not pertaining to patient's condition or care
      • Updates telemetry unit patient census board on patient admissions & discharges
      • Labels & distributes trend reports on each patient for past eight hours, as required
      • Applies safety principles/standards as defined by hospital to patient, environment & employee issues; practices w/in nursing department & unit-specific standards, policies, procedures, protocol & guidelines
      • Maintains confidentiality of patient/hospital information & principles/standards
      • Signs off on all arrhythmia sheets; assists in initiation of shift report for nursing staff; prepares report for oncoming cardiac monitor technician; records patient data/events in medical record; completes other forms & documentation according to unit standards & procedures
      • Reports incidents, work related injuries, unsafe &/or malfunctioning equipment or environment to supervisor or other appropriate personnel; contacts biomedical for assistance w/ equipment problems, as needed & according to protocol
      • Cleans monitor boxes & corresponding wires; maintains sign out lists for various equipment; maintains & orders necessary supplies
      • Refers to department, unit & other reference manuals/books when necessary
      • Assists in orientation of newly hired cardiac monitoring techs
      • Maintains necessary certification; attends meetings as assigned; participates in nursing research activities, projects, & peer evaluations when requested
      • Performs other duties & accepts responsibility as assigned
      Qualifications
      Basic Qualifications:
      6months of cardiac monitor technician experience or successful completion of training program
      • High school diploma
      • Post high school coursework in electrocardiogram (EKG)
      • Current BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR or CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certification
      • Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in adaptability, change management, customer service, oral communication, problem solving, results orientation, teamwork, and written communication
      • Talking to co-workers, customers, outside vendors, and on the telephone
      • Reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English
      • Training/giving and receiving instructions
      • Mathematical ability, attention to detail (e.g. organization, prioritization, proofing), concentration, and alertness
      Preferred Qualifications:
      1 year of EKG monitor reading experience in acute care setting

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