Shift: Full time, Days, Every other weekend 32 Hrs/week
Reporting to the Administrative Director, maintains responsibility for assisting and supporting the Emergency Department and Treatment Center Nursing and Medical staff in the delivery of patient care. Under RN supervision, provides direct patient care; performs technical and medical procedures that are not governed by licensure. May assist in directing unit environmental aide to ensure supply availability or perform clerical, stocking, and cleaning functions as required.
1. Provides skillful and compassionate hands on patient care within the guidelines set for required skills and knowledge of Emergency Care Technicians and demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to treat and care for all age groups of patients; implements treatment/care based on the developmental stages of the patient.
a) Independently takes and records vital signs, performs CPR, collects urine and stool specimens, performs and records visual acuity checks, instructs patients on crutch walking, positions patients, transports patients, prepares patients for exams, and performs wound cleansing and dressing.
b) Under RN supervision applies steri-strips, monitor leads, and oxygen; performs other ortho procedures including application of ace bandages, metal splints, plaster splints, slings, and knee immobilizers; performs oral suction; removes foleys. Retrieves medications, which are not controlled substances, or supplies from the tube system and/or medication/clean utility room under the direction of an RN. May be authorized to access secured medication storage locations to perform job related functions.
c) Performs phlebotomy on adult and pediatric patients and processes specimens.
d) Performs limited bedside testing, under the supervision of a RN; may perform accu checks, pulse oximetry, and EKG s. Treatment Center technicians also perform spirometry, audiograms, EKG s, and drug testing after completion of competencies.
e) Performs point of care testing as trained.
f) Paramedics and PCT IIs acting in the role of an Emergency Care Technician perform vein cannulation starts under the supervision of a RN upon completion of competency testing.
2. Documents all direct patient care rendered and charges for equipment used.
3. Performs clerical functions as required; records and processes information for order entry; enters charges for services and supplies. Treatment Center Technicians assist with patient registration.
4. Reports any observed change in patient s condition to an RN or MD in a timely manner.
5. Protects patient s right to privacy; observes principles of privileged communication.
6. Ensures that needed supplies and equipment are available on the unit.
7. May be responsible for care and cleaning of highly technical equipment including fiber-optic laryngoscope, accu check unit, EKG machines, and pulse oximetry units. May clean patient care areas.
8. Adheres to all Northwest Community Hospital standards, policies, and procedures.
Qualifications 1. Level of knowledge normally obtained through the completion of four years of high school.
2. Certified Nursing Assistant, certificate of successful completion of an approved Medical Assistant Program, Paramedic, Nursing student with six months of clinical, certified EMT with at least one year of field experience (field experience can be waived for Northwest Community Healthcare employees currently working in a patient care area), and Emergency Department Technicians with at least two years current experience in a comparable institution.
3. Current CPR certification.
4. Competencied through NWCH Lab in phlebotomy skills within 2 months of hire; competent in E D Patient Care and EKG skills within one month of hire.
5. The interpersonal skills necessary to interact effectively with patients, families, team members, and internal customers by displaying composure, compassion, and caring behavior.
6. The organizational skills necessary to prioritize assignments given by multiple staff members.
7. The technical skills necessary to maintain equipment, conduct equipment checks, and perform technical tasks.
8 The written and verbal skills necessary to record patient data and communicate effectively with patients and staff.
9 The ability to use a computer for the storage and retrieval of data.
NCH at a glance
Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) is known for compassionate care and its convenient location. But it s our advanced technologies, clinical expertise and state-of-the-art facilities that offer the latest treatments and assure the care, comfort and safety of our patients and the community. NCH offers:
- A 489-bed hospital, including 200 private rooms in the South Pavilion
- Four Immediate Care Centers, located in Buffalo Grove, Lake Zurich, Mount Prospect and Schaumburg
- Seven accessible outpatient imaging locations that provide advanced imaging technology
- The Day Surgery Center, a same-day outpatient surgery center
Annually, NCH treats an average of 24,000 inpatients and conducts:
- 337,000 outpatient visits
- 43,000 home care visits
- 3,100 newborn deliveries
- Approximately 18,000 inpatient and outpatient surgical cases, ranging from open heart surgery and joint replacement to neurosurgery and minimally invasive procedures
NCH provides our patients and community with safe, high quality care - and it shows. Here are a few of the many awards and designations we ve recently achieved:
- Magnet; Recognition for Nursing Excellence (The American Nurses Credentialing Center awards Magnet status to hospitals that exhibit exemplary patient outcomes and satisfaction, have impressive nurse-to-patient ratios, and attract and retain the best nursing staff.)
- Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award
- The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval
- 2016 American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
- 4,000 employees including nurses, allied health professionals, administrative and support personnel
- More than 1,000 physicians with offices throughout the northwest suburbs
- NCH Medical Group, an employed physician group focusing on primary and specialty care
- Approximately 800 volunteers providing more than 100,000 hours of service annually
Primary Location: United States-Illinois-Arlington Heights
Work Locations: 800 W Central - Hospital 800 W Central Rd Arlington Heights 60005
Job: Nursing/Patient Care
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular