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Gastrointestinal Technician Sr. - Endoscopy Laboratory, Baltimore, Maryland

CategoryHealth Care General
CountryUnited States
What You Will Do:

Under general supervision, performs delegated patient care and applies advanced technical skills in all Endoscopy procedures. Fulfillment of job duties requires the employee to have access to medication storage areas and to transport medications to/ from medication storage and delivery areas.

II. Principal Responsibilities and Tasks

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.

1. Assists the Registered Nurse assigned to the patient with the assessment of the patient by monitoring parameters outlined by the Registered Nurse in accordance with the Nursing Standards of Practice.
2. Identifies, records and reports overt findings to the Registered Nurse concerning the physical and mental condition of a patient in accordance with the Nursing Documentation Policy.
3. Assists the Registered Nurse in patient status evaluation by reporting patient information such as vital signs or response to nursing actions such as conscious sedation.
A. Reports verbally to the nurse significant changes in patient's physical and cognitive condition.
B. Documents patient information such as vital signs, npo status and other appropriate information on special procedures nursing form as stipulated in the Nursing Documentation Policy.
C. Aids in patient positioning, abdominal pressure and transfers.
4. Assists physician directly in complicated therapeutic procedures involving guidewire manipulation, stent placements, balloon dilations, stone retrieval, electrocautery, laser therapy including photodynamic therapy, endoscopic ultrasound, variceal and hemorrhoid banding, insertion of esophageal catheters, probes, naso and percutaneous gastric and jejunal tubes, polypectomies, fine kneedle aspiration, clipping of bleeding vessels, celiac plexus neurolysis, tumor obliteration, specimen processing, sphinctertomies, and biliary manometry.
5. Assists physicians directly with obtaining various patient specimens such as biopsies for culture, Clo tests, pathology and viral studies, brush cytology, microbiology and pH specimens.
6. Sets up, maintains and troubleshoots all endoscopic equipment. Notifies Charge Nurse and Biomed of any problems as indicated.
A. Schedules in-services on all new equipment for staff.
B. Schedules annual in-services on existing equipment for staff.
C. Trains and educates new staff on functioning and care of endoscopic equipment.
7. Orders all central supply, materials management and pharmacy supplies for unit.
8. Initiates CPR procedures as needed for patient care and safety.
9. Sets up and operates multiple lead EKG machines; attaches and removes EKG leads; runs a rhythm strip.
10. Performs venipuncture for drawing blood samples per physician order. Obtains intravenous access per physician order.
11. Performs general support services for the unit and patient which may include running unit errands, procuring equipment and taking and relaying messages accurately and correctly.
12. Performs related and delegated tasks that include pre, intra and post procedure care and documentation for the endoscopic patient as needed.
13. Adheres to all divisional and hospital guidelines, policies and procedures. Maintains and provides appropriate case and cleaning of all endoscopes according to CSC Guidelines and Unit Polices.
14. Performs data entry into the endoscopic database along with basic computer troubleshooting.
15. Makes patient pre and post procedure calls.
16. Act in a preceptorship role to GI Technicians who are in training.
17. Assist in departmental scheduling of all GI Technicians to ensure continuity of care and adequate coverage during operating hours of the clinic.
18. Assume a leadership role within the department by participating in committees both within the Endoscopy department and/or within the hospital on a larger organizational level (i.e. C2X committees).

What You Need to Be Successful:

1. High school diploma or equivalent (GED) is required.

2. Completion of a recognized training program, such as courses provided through UMMS, community colleges, United Stated Armed Forces with the attainment of certification as Certified Nursing Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, Medical Corpsman or equivalent.

3. Successful completion of an advanced technical endoscopic skills seminar course.

4. Two years of direct endoscopic experience is required.

We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.
EmployerUniversity of Maryland Medical Center

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