Under close/general supervision by licensed personnel the Emergency Department Technician will perform a variety of functions in support and care of patients requiring urgent or emergency care in an urgent care or emergency medical setting. The Emergency Department Technician will work directly with and provide close observation of patients assigned to their care. Care assignment is delegated through registered nurses and/or providers. The Emergency Department Technician will maintain an orderly work environment at nursing station/exam areas; responds to patient care needs; transports patients; delivers specimens to lab; data entry for orders; answers phone, performs EKGs and directs calls to RN's on duty as required. The Emergency Department Technician is also responsible for direct patient interaction with patients experiencing behavioral, mental, substance abuse (high risk patients), and other conditions that effects or impairs a patient�s ability to behave in a sound and rational manner. Must possess knowledge of the principles, procedures, techniques, and trends in mental health crisis intervention and have considerable knowledge in human behavior. The Emergency Department Technician will provide therapeutic interaction, understand escalating behavior, and intervene to de-escalate behavior. The Emergency Department Technician will also provide 1:1 observation, ensuring patient and associate safety, of high risk patients, both in the ER and all other area of the hospital.
The Emergency Department Technician reports directly to the Director Emergency Department.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Follows policies and procedures for infection control and facility safety in accordance with regulatory guidelines.
Demonstrates knowledge of information management as appropriate.
Work cooperatively and productively at all times with physicians, Social workers, crisis response workers, nurses, other providers and staff, patients and families. Coordinates activity in department at direction of RN's and communicates well with all members of patient care team to meet patient needs.
Closely monitors patient and environment to provide safe area for both associates and patient.
Demonstrates proficiency and assist with other technical function such as: obtaining 12-lead EKGs Assist with wound care, insertion of Foley catheters, and nasogastric tubes Assists with positioning patients, application of orthopedic splints and dressings
Assist nursing staff in responding to emergency situations. Assist with resuscitation / CPR and emergency airway procedures.
Monitor and document nutritional intake.
Assists in assessment and planning for high risk patient services.
Provide direct care and supportive counseling
Respond to all code grays when available
Participates in facility Quality Improvement/IOP Program
Demonstrates skills in verbal, nonverbal and written communication in a dignified and courteous manner.
Assists in transporting patient to rooms /procedures and maintains comfort and safety.
Demonstrates knowledge and competency of role when a patient is being transferred in to our facility or to another facility, either by ground or helicopter.
Stocks rooms and nurses station and prepares area to receive patients; photocopies as needed.
Inventories and requisitions supplies as needed.
Assisting ED coders with charge codes and checking/recording charges
Accurately charts patient information and data obtained.
Demonstrates knowledge on use of fax machines and copy machine.
Demonstrates knowledge of medical terminology.
Completes mandatory yearly education required.
Assists in unit record keeping and maintains organized and up to date file cabinets.
Attends unit meetings and reads hospital e-mail.
May be assigned to monitor patients on a continual basis.
The list below is also considered to be essential functions of your position and all associates within SCL Health are expected to meet the following in their day-to-day work:
Be available to work as scheduled and report to work on time
Be available to work overtime, if needed
Be willing to accept supervision and work well with others
Be respectful of all with whom you interact and follow the SCL Health Service Behaviors
Be well groomed and dressed appropriately for your role
Be in compliance with the drug and alcohol policies
Be sufficiently rested to perform your duties throughout the period assigned
Demonstrate a willingness to learn
Be able to communicate clearly, think clearly, and concentrate on assigned tasks
High School Diploma or Genera Education Degree (GED)
Associate of Arts Degree
CERTIFICATION, REGISTRATION, LICENSE
(*indicates primary source verification requirement)
BLS required within 3 months of hire
Basic rhythm recognition competency within 6 months of hire
Current C.N.A. or EMT license
One to three months related experience or training or equivalent combination of education and experience
Previous experience in a mental health setting
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Knowledge of medical terminology
Ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically within a multi-functional team
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Ability to successfully function in a fast paced, service oriented environment
A review of this description has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the Associate occupying this position. Associates will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform another job-related duties requested by their supervisor in accordance with regulatory, legal, and organizational policies and procedures.