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Patient Care Tech: Acute Dialysis (Full Time: 10 Hour Shifts)

Company: Employer
Location: Fayetteville
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

Washington RegionalWashington Regional Medical Center is our region's only locally governed, community-owned, not-for-profit healthcare system. Our system includes a 425-bed acute care hospital located in the heart of Fayetteville supported by our clinic system - including primary, specialty and urgent care operations - that span across Northwest Arkansas into Harrison and Eureka Springs. Being heavily supported and invested in our community makes Washington Regional a unique employer, encouraging staff to give back to the community in which we live and work --- and give back to each other.Washington Regional Mission, Vision and Values prove to be a firm foundation and inspiration from which we fulfill our purpose.Mission: Washington Regional is committed to improving the health of people in communities we serve through compassionate, high quality care, prevention and wellness education.Vision: To be the leading healthcare system in Northwest Arkansas --- the best place to receive care and the best place to give care.Values: To treat others - patients and their families, visitors, physicians, and each other - as we would want to be treated.SUMMARYThe role of the Hemodialysis Patient Care Technician reports to the charge nurse and/or nurse manager of the facility. This position is responsible for providing care to dialysis patients under the supervision of licensed nursing staff. This position will spend 75% of the time standing and/or walking of short distances, with frequent pushing and pulling up to 100 lbs., and lifting and carrying of up to 35 lbs.RESPONSIBILITIES* Presents in a professional manner at all times.* Provides direct and indirect patient care as assigned under the direct visual supervision of a Registered Nurse (DCNA RN) or in a treatment room immediately adjacent to a DCNA RN.* Responsible for setting up and tearing down dialysis machines.* Responsible for machine management, accuracy, and testing prior to each initiation of treatment; ensures machine testing has occurred with all tests passed and safety alarms are enabled.* Responsible for calculating and entry of individual patients' dialysis machine programming for Ultrafiltration (UF) goal; treatment time; Sodium (Na) modeling; and Ultrafiltration (UF) modeling as prescribed. Confers with DCNA licensed staff on the need for fluid replacement.* Data collection and documentation of patient appearance, weight (as applicable), blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and well-being. Reports and documents all new and unusual findings, information, complaints, or problems to the DCNA RN. New and/or unusual findings include: temperature greater than 99 -F, systolic blood pressure greater than 200 mmHg or less than 100 mmHg, diastolic blood pressure greater than 100 mmHg or less than 50 mmHg, pulse rate greater than 100 or less than 60.* Evaluates fistula or graft vascular accesses for patency and reports any unusual findings to the DCNA RN. Performs vascular access cannulation and reports and documents any difficulties in cannulation or any unusual findings to the DCNA RN.* Initiates hemodialysis treatment according to prescribed orders including setting blood flow rate (QB) and dialysate flow rate (QD).* Monitors and records accurate and timely information in the medical record regarding vital signs, objective and subjective finding, treatment parameters and patient response to dialysis therapy. Reports any changes or unusual findings to the DCNA RN.* Evaluates patients' vascular access during treatment, including arterial and venous monitoring pressures, provides appropriate intervention as needed, and documents and reports any unusual findings to the DCNA RN.* Notifies the DCNA RN if blood pressure drops or the patient is experiencing any symptoms of hypotension. Evaluates any intradialytic problems and provides intervention as prescribed by the nephrologist or as directed by the DCNA RN.* Maintains a safe, clean, and comfortable working environment.* Reports any machine malfunctions to the DCNA RN.* Collects and labels specimens and ensures timely delivery to the hospital laboratory.* Terminates patient treatment per DCNA policy, administering normal saline during rinse-back.* Performs and documents any intervention for unusual patient status, documents patient response to the intervention, and notifies the DCNA RN.* Evaluates patient prior to termination of needles from access by obtaining sitting and standing (as appropriate) blood pressures and pulse rate. Reports any unusual findings to the DCNA RN.* Removes needles, obtains hemostasis, and applies appropriate bandages using proper technique.* Notifies the DCNA RN of patient readiness for discharge from dialysis care.* Adheres to and enforces all policies and procedures as they pertain to the delivery of care, infection control, and safety.* Disinfects dialysis equipment at the end of each treatment.* Bicarbonate preparation and water system checks. Notifies the DCNA RN of any out-of-range findings.* Bicarbonate system disinfection.* Stocks dialysis supplies.Qualifications* Education: High school degree or equivalent.* Licensure and Certifications: Must be nationally certified within 18 months of date of hire. DCNA prefers the Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT) certification, however other nationally approved certification programs may be accepted. BLS.* Experience: One year of dialysis experience in a clinical setting is required.
Salary: $map.get("vacancy_salary-text"). Date posted: 05/13/2022

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