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Swedish Health Services Monitor Technician - Telemetry in Seattle, Washington


Swedish Medical Center is looking for a Monitor Technician (0.75 FTE, Evening SHIFT) to work in Telemetry at Swedish Cherry Hill in Seattle, Washington.

Is responsible for providing back up and down time procedures in support of the continuous monitoring of a patients cardiac rhythm and oxygen saturation levels, documenting clinical status including any significant changes and reporting changes to the Registered Nurse and/or Charge Nurse. Responsible for setting appropriate alarms and adjusting arrhythmia detection criteria as appropriate for each patient. Assures oxygen saturation and cardiac monitoring alarms are on at all time. Maintains equipment and reports malfunctions to charge nurse and clinical engineering.

Assists with orientation of new HUC/MT staff and nursing staff and other duties as assigned by charge nurse, clinical supervisor or nurse manager.

• General Customer Service:

Greets visitors, providing information and assistance as needed. Works with patients, families, visitors and physicians to identify needs, resolve problems or provide other information. Facilitates patient movement to other departments. Answers call lights, alarms and phone calls, providing patient assistance as appropriate. Issues visitor passes/identification per unit protocols. Arranges for interpreter services.

• New Admissions, Transfer & Discharge Activities:

Prepares a paper chart and prints stickers from electronic medical record for each new patient. Provides welcome brochures. Sends discharge medication orders to pharmacy as applicable by campus. Checks unoccupied rooms to make sure they are ready for new admit. Collaborates with nurse and other team members to organize and prioritize functions necessary for patient admission and care delivery. Maintains data entry of patient names and assigned nurse into Monitoring System. Maintains log and census books with admissions and discharges in proper order.

• Electronic Medical Record “EMR”:

Performs all ADT (admission, discharge and transfer) functions. Prepares charts for transfer and discharge. Ensures accommodation codes are correct. In conjunction with the Charge Nurse, manages bed board. Reviews orders for upcoming tests, procedures and communicates priority to nursing staff. Makes minor changes as needed i.e. unit collect vs. lab collect to orders. Checks pended and signed/held orders. Ensures downtime computer is on and checklists are complete. Runs reports and audits as requested by unit manager or designee. Enters non-medication verbal orders during a “Code Blue” or other emergencies. May act as a resource for the EMR for staff and physicians.

• Environment of Care & Regulatory Readiness:

Instructs families and visitors in hand hygiene protocols. Participates in the education of patient/families to unit practices/routines and orients patients to unit per protocols. Rounds the unit in accordance with department regulatory standards i.e. keeps hallways clear, equipment plugged in. Keeps work area clean and clutter free. Posts signs, i.e. hand hygiene, NPO, free water restriction etc., as appropriate. Reinforces with patients isolation protocols and communicates concerns to the nursing staff. Actively participates in unit, department, and system-wide educational activities including Quality Improvement programs as appropriate.

• Other Duties:

Distributes mail. Sends patient reports to HIM upon discharge. Inventories education brochures and office supplies, and orders as appropriate. Communicates with other hospital departments regarding concerns with faulty equipment, work orders or other issues. Responsible for restocking supplies after use, maintains appropriate core stocking levels, including MSC and Nutrition, works with manager or designee to improve unit and individual routines to assure adequate room supply without excess or depletion. Notifies nurse manager and/or designee and makes recommendation for par level adjustments. Performs other duties as assigned, to insure effectiveness of care delivery and unit function. Distributes laundry as needed.

• Back up and Downtime Monitor Tech Duties:

• Views cardiac rhythm monitors continuously and interprets cardiac rhythms. Monitors patients in leads V1 and III unless there is a clinical reason to use different leads.

• Documents each patient’s baseline rhythm strip and any significant changes in rhythm in rhythm strip log book as outlined in Monitor Technician Guidelines. Records each patient’s heart rate, rhythm, and ectopy each hour on monitor log. Collaborates and communicates with Monitor Technicians in the Tele ICU regarding patient status, staffing assignment changes (room & Contact numbers) and alarm escalation.

• Communicates changes in heart rate, rhythm, and other significant patient information immediately to RN or other appropriate person.

• Notifies Nursing Assistant-Certified (NA-C) or Registered Nurse (RN) immediately when batteries are low in telemetry units or when telemetry signal is lost due to artifact or patient readings out-of-range.

• Follows established procedures for admitting and discharging patients from telemetry system as outlined in Monitor Technician Guidelines and keeps monitor log and rhythm strip lob current.

• Provides update report to oncoming monitor technician each shift, including patient name, baseline rhythm, rhythm changes and ectopy that have occurred on the shift, if patient is off unit or expected to go off unit for tests.

• Assist in other unit activities as directed by the Manager, Unit Supervisor or Charge Nurse.

Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Successful completion of Basic Cardiac Arrhythmia Interpretation class with score of at least 80% on final exam

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers required at time of hire from American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network (MTN)

  • Individuals hired with previous monitor technician experience must pass a challenge exam with a score of 80%

  • One (1) year experience in related healthcare setting in a clinical, clerical or service capacity i.e. monitor technician, hospital unit coordinator, nurse aid certified, medical assistant, license practical nurse, medical records clerk, food service or environmental services worker

  • Completion of a Health Unit Coordinator program with a 3 month internship program at Swedish may be substituted for the previously defined year of experience

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Previous experience using electronic medical record

Our best-in-class benefits are uniquely designed to support you and your family in staying well, growing professionally and achieving financial security. We take care of you, so you can focus on delivering our mission of improving the health and wellbeing of each patient we serve.

About the Cherry Hill Campus.

What is now known as the James Tower at Swedish/Cherry Hill Campus was home to the first hospital in Seattle, established in 1877 by the Sisters of Providence, a Catholic charity. On July 1, 2000, the 385-bed tertiary-care center previously known as Providence Seattle Medical Center became part of the Swedish health-care system.

About Providence

At Providence, our strength lies in Our Promise of “Know me, care for me, ease my way.” Working at our family of organizations means that regardless of your role, we’ll walk alongside you in your career, supporting you so you can support others. We provide best-in-class benefits and we foster an inclusive workplace where diversity is valued, and everyone is essential, heard and respected. Together, our 120,000 caregivers (all employees) serve in over 50 hospitals, over 1,000 clinics and a full range of health and social services across Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington. As a comprehensive health care organization, we are serving more people, advancing best practices and continuing our more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable.

About the Team

Swedish is the largest not-for-profit health care system in the greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); emergency rooms and specialty centers in Redmond (East King County) and the Mill Creek area in Everett; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 128 primary care and specialty care locations throughout the Puget Sound. Swedish, named a LinkedIn Top Company to grow your career, employs nearly 13,000 caregivers (all employees), including nearly 1,400 providers. Whether through physician clinics, education, research and innovation or other outreach, we're committed to caring for the people in our region and beyond.

We are committed to the principle that every workforce member has the right to work in surroundings that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment.

We are committed to cultural diversity and equal employment for all individuals. It is our policy to recruit, hire, promote, compensate, transfer, train, retain, terminate, and make all other employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), national origin (including certain language use restrictions), ancestry, disability (mental and physical including HIV and AIDS), medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, marital status, age, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, and military and veteran status or any other applicable legally protected status. We will also provide reasonable accommodation to known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified caregiver or applicant for employment, unless the accommodation would impose undue hardship on the operation of our business.

We are a community where all people, regardless of differences, are welcome, secure, and valued. We value respect, appreciation, collaboration, diversity, and a shared commitment to serving our communities. We expect that all workforce members in our community will act in ways which reflect a commitment to and accountability for, racial and social justice and equality in the workplace. As such, we will maintain a workplace free of discrimination and harassment based on any applicable legally protected status. We also expect that all workforce members will maintain a positive workplace free from any unacceptable conduct which creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

Requsition ID: 139636
Company: Swedish Jobs
Job Category: Technical Services
Job Function: Clinical Care
Job Schedule: Part time
Job Shift: Evening
Career Track: Clinical Support
Department: 3903 SCH NEURO TELEMETRY
Address: WA Seattle 500 17th Ave

Swedish Health Services is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.