||Patient Care Technician
||Patient Care Technician
The Dialysis Technician is responsible for assisting and supporting the unit management team in achieving quality, patient satisfaction, staff development, business management as appropriate, teamwork, culture and employee satisfaction. The technician will
assist in the maintenance of a safe and clean working environment.
The Dialysis Technician will assist in the mechanical and technical aspects of the dialysis procedure, including direct patient care under the supervision of the Registered Nurse. The Technician must have successfully passed a nationally approved dialysis certification
examination and be registered as a Certified Dialysis Technician per state and federal regulations.
The Technician will assist with equipment set up and swaps within the Center and the patient home and be available for assistance in the patient home as needed for water sampling, lab draws, and troubleshooting of equipment, and to act as “Care Partner” if
needed on approved responsibilities/tasks of the home dialysis treatment. He/she will be responsible for supply/equipment delivery as needed.
• The Dialysis Technician will be responsible for the performance of all duties and tasks involved in providing care and performance of the treatment for the hemodialysis patient under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.
Delivers age specific care to assigned patients as prescribed, including all aspects of the hemodialysis procedure specifically trained to perform in accordance to state licensure.
Demonstrates ability to work with any patient or staff regardless of race, gender, disease process, life-style, religious or cultural beliefs, or treatment.
Initiates, monitors, and discontinues dialysis treatments according to established procedures.
Develops and assimilates theoretical and technical knowledge with observations, and communication skills to detect dialysis and non-dialysis related problems.
Utilizes knowledge to establish priorities of care, both emergency and non-emergency; administers medical treatment accordingly and documents all pertinent information.
Recognizes and utilizes opportunities to reinforce previous education of the patient and family under the direction of an RN.
Maintains a safe environment for self, patients, and staff by utilizing proper body mechanics, and following universal infection control precautions and cleaning procedures under OSHA regulations.
Dialyzes isolation patients utilizing isolation precautions and prescribed procedures.
Performs hemodialysis access care according to established procedures, under the direction of a Registered Professional Nurse per the State Board of Nursing Practice.
Documents the administration of saline and heparin, under the direction of a Registered Professional Nurse, as authorized by a physician and as further authorized or limited by the State Board of Nursing Practice.
Reports any significant observations, information or change in patient condition to registered nurse, Center Director, and/or physician.
Documents clearly, completely, and accurately all pertinent information on patient’s manual or electronic record.
Participates in assisting the RN in formulating Treatment Plans, according to established guidelines.
Performs or assists in the performance of all emergency operational procedures, including the evacuation of patients in the event of fire and/or disaster.
Obtains blood samples and other specimens as ordered.
Assists in ordering supplies and maintaining supply inventory and records in an efficient and cost effective manner.
Attaining neat, orderly, and well-stocked unit.
Maintains competency in operations, sanitization, maintenance, and troubleshooting of all equipment used for dialysis, water treatment, and special procedures.
Actively participates in the routine care, cleaning and disinfection, and use of equipment.
Delivers supplies and equipment to patient homes as needed.
Assists with lab draws, water sampling, equipment swaps, troubleshooting of equipment, and monitoring and assisting with approved tasks related to the dialysis treatment within the patient home as directed by the Center Director or designee.
• Assumes administrative duties under the direction of the Center Director.
Assists in orientation and training of new and existing staff under the direction of a Registered Nurse.
Assists in QAPI and CQI projects with the health care team.
Reports all equipment, supply problems, new or unusual incident and complaints appropriately and according to policy to the Center Director/designee.
Communicates effectively with physicians, supervisors, co-workers, patients and families.
Participates in the Center staff meetings and in-services.
Completes all clinical and corporate training as required.
• Performs additional duties and is responsible for specific projects assigned according to ability and experience by the Center Director.
• Is knowledgeable and educated on the exposure potential to hazardous/infectious material and will observe and comply with the safety regulations/requirements of the facility and in patient homes.
||PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
• Desk duties, including computer keyboard operations.
• Moderate active work; including occasional lifting and carrying; walking and standing for considerable lengths of time, ability to perform patient care.
• Talking and listening to communicate ideas or requirements to individual staff members, and effectively educate patients and staff.
• Visual acuity to prepare and read written material accurately.
• Audio acuity to listen attentively and accurately.
• Ability to push, pull, mobilize (with assistance of wheels, carts, and other equipment) approximately 200 lbs.
• Ability to work overtime as needed to complete general responsibilities.
• Full use of all extremities with hand dexterity.
• Ability to travel when necessary to meet the needs of the patients, the unit and corporation.
Education & Qualifications:
• High school diploma or GED equivalent
• Successful completion and passing of a National Dialysis Technician Certification Exam per state and federal regulations. Achieves and maintains CPR/BLS certification per company policy.
• Minimum of 2 years dialysis experience preferred.
• Education in physical sciences, training in laboratory techniques, and/or medical assistant desirable.
• Computer knowledge desirable.
• Valid driver’s license and insurance, if travel needed for company business.
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