Certified Hemodialysis Technician
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POST DATE 9/12/2016
END DATE 10/8/2016
JOB DESCRIPTIONJob Description:
GENERAL PURPOSE OF THE JOB: The individual in this role will work under the direct supervision of the licensed professional nurse, to carry out technical and patient care treatment activities. This individual performs a variety of patient care duties and operates a variety of equipment necessary in the care of dialysis patients. This individual provides safe, effective, and compassionate care that is consistent with State and Federal regulations and Renal Ventures' policies, procedures and guidelines and within his/her scope of practice. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: Pre-Treatment responsibilities: Prepare clinic for opening shift (where applicable), conduct facility opening procedures such preparing water for treatment, turning on computers, phones, prepare waiting room, etc. Start up the Reverse Osmosis water system, completing required water quality monitoring tests, prior to initiation of dialysis. Prepare hemodialysis equipment per company policies prior to initiation of patient treatment: (set up and test equipment, priming machine, stringing machine with tubing, checking supplies and stock). Mix bicarbonate solution per RVM policy and test solution prior to providing it to the dialysis machines. Treatment responsibilities: Welcome patient and ready patient for treatment Collect data (blood pressure, conductivity, compare treatment orders to treatment being performed to ensure patient care) and enter data into the system. Assist in the movement of patients to treatment area and with weighing. Initiate and monitor patient treatment; may cannulate patient to begin treatment as directed by the licensed professional and as per State guidelines. Under the supervision of the Registered Nurse professionals, deliver ESRD specific care to assigned patients as prescribed, including all aspects of the hemodialysis procedure. Provide routine monitoring of treatment and respond to irregularities or emergencies Conduct focused observations of pre and post dialysis treatment Monitor key water quality parameters in the absence of the biomedical technician, to ensure safe patient treatment. Communicate effectively with the care team and patient. Report patient issues as needed throughout the treatment day. Discontinuation responsibilities: Discontinue treatment as directed by the licensed professional and as per State guidelines. Document all activities related to the patient treatment on the hemodialysis flow sheet. Clean the dialysis station (includes chair, machine and ancillary equipment) with the approved facility disinfectant. Ready area for next patient. Stock supply carts/cabinets with the supplies necessary to complete the day's treatments. Disinfect treatment area according to facility policy and procedure between treatments. Prepare unit for close (where applicable) including stocking of stations, cleaning and sanitizing of equipment and chairs, finalizing system updates and turning off computers, etc. Close unit at end of day and perform necessary closing procedures. Close water system as assigned. SECONDARY RESPONSIBILITIES: Reinforce patient education provided by nursing staff Follow RVM policies and CDC guidelines for infection control. Dispose of biohazards Help with education of new staff members, when needed. Collect, prepare, and submit ordered patient lab specimens as directed. Immediately report any unsafe condition to the charge nurse. Assigned daily tasks. Maintain a working knowledge of center water system and be able to complete assigned water treatment testing Assist with proper handling and storage of hazardous materials. Perform all duties in a professional and courteous manner. Participate in emergency evacuation procedures in the event of fire or disaster Maintain confidentiality of all company and patient records. Adhere to HIPAA. Comply with all Company established policies and procedures at all times. Participate in all required meetings including staff, CQI, and educational meetings. Request assistance or advice from supervisor as needed May serve as preceptor as assigned Demonstrates RV Difference culture. Performs other duties as requested. QUALIFICATIONS: 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. High school graduate or equivalent. Must obtain BLS Certification within first 90 days if not already certified. Certification as a Hemodialysis Technician is required. Proof of a valid certificate is required. Minimum 6 months to 1 year clinical work preferred. Prior proven experience and expertise in renal area relevant to patient. Prior experience in a patient care setting, healthcare industry or comparable experience. Must have demonstrated record of and commitment to safety; and dedication to excellence. Must possess outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. Must be able to communicate professionally and effectively with other staff members, patients and physicians. Able to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Minimal travel required in this role. WORK ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to work near moving mechanical parts (dialysis equipment and machinery). The employees may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds (lifting patients, etc.), includes ability to carry and transport up to 50 pounds up to 60 feet. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color differentiation, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; walk and talk, hear and smell. Requires excellent visual acuity and manual dexterity. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. He/she is frequently required to sit; stoop, kneel, bend, crouch, or crawl.The employee is required to use safety equipment, PPE (personal protective equipment) that may include but not be limited to face shield or goggles, non-slip shoes, gloves, mask, and other protective garments and equipment. Job Location Newton, New Jersey, United States Position Type Full-Time/Regular