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Dialysis - CCHT CHT Patient Care Tech, Decatur

Location: Decatur, TX
Date Posted: 09-24-2018
JOB SUMMARY: 
  • The Patient Care Technician will administer quality patient care in accordance with facility policies and procedures while working collaboratively and communicating with members of the interdisciplinary team. 
  • Delivers care to adult chronic hemodialysis patients under the direct supervision of the licensed nursing staff. 
  • Assists with technical aspects of hemodialysis care such as water system monitoring, bicarbonate mixing, and equipment calibration. 
  • Works to ensure the attainment of patient outcomes that meet KDOQI goals while following regulatory requirements of the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services. 
  • Behaviors foster a team approach to patient care delivery. 
  • Read, speak, write and understand English, and ability to do simple math; addition, subtraction, multiplication, division.
 
REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: 
  • Reports to the Clinical Manager, Charge Nurse and nursing staff. 
 
REQUIREMENTS: 
  • 1)  High school diploma or equivalent preferred 
  • 2)  Current certification, or eligibility to become a Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT), or Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT), by a national certification organization (Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission, NNCC, National Nephrology Certification Organization, NNCO, or Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology, BONENT 
  • 3)  Minimum of 6 months of experience in acute or chronic hemodialysis obtained within the past 12 months preferred. 
  • 4)  Current CPR   
  • 5)  Normal color perception
 
New Hires will have 60 days to acquire the required Basic Life Support (CPR, ACLS, PALS, BLS, and/or any other life support certifications required for the job).
 
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: 
  • Requires walking, standing, stooping and bending. 
  • Must be able to do lifting of at least 20 lbs. 
  • Requires close mental, visual and auditory attention to patient. 
  • Work environment is characteristic of a health care facility with air temperature control and moderate noise levels. 
 
ACCOUNTABILITIES AND PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES:

Customer service and Professionalism:
  1. Consistently provides customer service as it applies to all internal and external customers, including patients and families, coworkers and physicians.
  2. Promotes a positive morale through demonstration of consistent courtesies.
  3. Completes a minimum of 5 hours of renal-related education annually.
  4. Maintains a professional appearance and practices good grooming habits while adhering to the facility dress code.
  5. Consistently meets facility attendance standards.

Flexibility:
  1. Demonstrates flexibility in response to unexpected changes to work volume, acuity, staffing and scheduling.
  2. Completes other duties as assigned.
  3. Patient care; planning, implementation and evaluation:
  4. Communicates accurate and pertinent information to the nursing staff in a timely manner.
  5. Collects patient and machine data, makes pertinent observations and documents accurately on the treatment record and medical record.
  6. Provides reinforcement of patient education that has been initiated by licensed personnel.
  7. Demonstrates competence in the initiation, monitoring and termination of hemodialysis treatments.
  8. Evaluates patient responsiveness to treatment and promptly advises nursing staff of changes in patient condition as determined by established reporting parameters.
  9. Performs procedures and administers medications as delegated by the Medical Director and in accordance with facility policies and procedures.
  10. Follows PCT Guidelines as defined by the facility Governing Body.
  11. Organization and Problem Solving:
  12. Consistently documents daily treatment and medication charges for billing.
  13. Organizes and prioritizes work to utilize resources wisely.
  14. Completes assignments in a timely manner minimizing overtime.
Leadership and Teamwork:
  1. Consistently demonstrates teamwork and sensitivity toward coworkers by assisting as needed.
  2. Participates in orientation and development of new personnel.
  3. Consistently demonstrates respect of individuals and cultural beliefs and lifestyles of patients/family members and coworkers.
  4. Participates in the Quality Assessment Performance Improvement (QAPI) process through conducting audits and data collection as requested and making recommendations on quality improvement strategies.
  5. Maintains open communication to assure that the Director of Dialysis and Charge Nurse are advised of issues and concerns.
  6. Oversees completion of clinic specific tasks as assigned.
Safety:
  1. Consistently provides for patient safety needs and identifies risk factors and age-appropriate safety measures.
  2. Practices good body mechanics and correct methods of moving, lifting and transporting patients.
  3. Assures a clean, safe environment at all times.
  4. Consistently assures that equipment functions properly prior to and during patient use.
  5. Promptly reports any equipment problems or physical plant maintenance to the appropriate personnel.
  6. Adheres to all infection control policies.
  7. Consistently notifies personnel of potential hazards.
 
OSHA TASK CATEGORY ONE:          
  • There is an inherent potential for mucous membrane or skin contact with blood, body fluids, or tissues, or a potential for spills splashes during the performance of the job. 
  • Universal precautions must be observed and protective devices worn by the employee when performing those tasks likely to cause exposure.
 

Employment standards include current requirements as determined by Federal, State, and Wise Health System policy.
 

Employee Status:
  • Hourly
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