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Nebraska Methodist Health System Paramedic MJE in Council Bluffs, Iowa

  • Purpose of Job

  • Accountable for the delivery of quality care to patients and families according to the individualized needs of the patient.

  • Job Requirements

  • Education

  • High School diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.

  • Associate‚Äôs Degree in Paramedicine required

  • OR

  • Graduate of an accredited Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) training program required

  • OR

  • Graduate of an Paramedic Program required.

  • NIH Stroke Scale training required at hire or within 6 months of hire.

  • Participate in mandatory in-services and continuing education programs as mandated by policies and procedures/external agencies and as directed by supervisor.

  • Experience

  • Minimum of 1 year of Paramedic experience required.

  • EMS-Paramedic providing service in the hospital is employed by or serving as a volunteer member of an Emergency Medical Service licensed by the Department. Conforms to Iowa statues regarding Paramedic care of patients.

  • License/Certifications

  • Current valid Iowa Paramedic Certification required.

  • Maintain current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required.

  • Maintain current American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification required.

  • Maintain current American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Certification required.

  • Skills/Knowledge/Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal relations with patients, co-workers, physicians, and guests.

  • Respectable technical skills to assure patients safety.

  • Physical Requirements

  • Weight Demands

  • Medium Work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force.

  • Physical Activity

  • Occasionally Performed (1%-33%):

  • Climbing

  • Crawling

  • Kneeling

  • Sitting

  • Frequently Performed (34%-66%):

  • Balancing

  • Carrying

  • Crouching

  • Distinguish colors

  • Keyboarding/typing

  • Lifting

  • Pulling/Pushing

  • Repetitive Motions

  • Stooping/bending

  • Twisting

  • Constantly Performed (67%-100%):

  • Fingering/Touching

  • Grasping

  • Hearing

  • Reaching

  • Seeing/Visual

  • Speaking/talking

  • Standing

  • Walking

  • Job Hazards

  • Not Related:

  • Electrical Shock/Static

  • Radiation Non-Ionizing (Ultraviolet, visible light, infrared and microwaves that causes injuries to tissue or thermal or photochemical means)

  • Rare (1-33%): - Radiation Alpha, Beta and Gamma (particles such as X-ray, Cat Scan, Gamma Knife, etc)

  • Occasionally (34%-66%):

  • Physical hazards (noise, temperature, lighting, wet floors, outdoors, sharps) (more than ordinary office environment)

  • Equipment/Machinery/Tools

  • Explosives (pressurized gas)

  • Frequent (67%-100%):

  • Chemical agents (Toxic, Corrosive, Flammable, Latex)

  • Biological agents (primary air born and blood born viruses) (Jobs with Patient contact) (BBF)

  • Mechanical moving parts/vibrations

  • Essential Job Functions

  • Essential Functions I

  • Provides appropriate care specific to the age of the customer/patient, to ensure understanding and comfort level of treatment, as outlined in the Population Specific Criteria.

  • Demonstrates ability to identify opportunities for and individualized customer service/patient care according to customer/patient needs.

  • Exhibits excellent interpersonal relations with patients, co-workers, physicians, and guests to ensure effective communication.

  • Responds to patient needs promptly and courteously.

  • Obtains feedback from patients and visitors regarding their hospital experience.

  • Communicates patient issues to the appropriate staff. (RN/MD/Mid-Levels)

  • Maintains a positive attitude while responding to requests in a timely and accurate manner.

  • Actively participates in report process.

  • Maintaining an environment conducive to the comfort and recovery of the patient.

  • Consistently assists in maintaining of needed equipment (scales, thermometers, etc.)

  • Consistently assists in keeping unit as neat and tidy as possible.

  • Consistently distributes linen and supplies to patient rooms when needed.

  • Performs other duties as delegated and appropriate under the direction of the Service Leader and/or RN to include medication and blood pickup.

  • Consistently answers call lights within 3 minutes.

  • Performs technical skills competently and independently to assure patient safety. (Autonomy)

  • Able to competently perform technical skills independently.

  • Is accountable to learn new skills and equipment within areas' specifications and time frame.

  • Initiate insertion of peripheral intravenous catheter & IO.

  • Administer IV fluids.

  • Administer oral/ IV/ IM injections per Medical Director's approval.

  • Administer aerosol treatments.

  • Assist with CPR as directed by primary RN to include chest compressions and ventilation.

  • Maintains a professional behavior in attitude, demeanor, interactions to achieve organization's mission. (Quality Improvement, Interdisciplinary Relationships, Professional Development, community and the healthcare organization.)

  • Communicates effectively to solve problems at the personal and unit level.

  • Is approachable and professional in working with other health professionals, ancillary staff, patients and family.

  • Takes pride in the unit by active participation in restocking and maintaining a clean environment.

  • Maintains a professional appearance, behavior, and work environment.

  • Maintains competence in area of experience.

  • Participates in meetings and/or committees as needed to assist in decisions effecting area/ unit or organization.

  • Initiates action to correct, prevent, and/or minimize risk(s) to the patient, family or hospital employees (i.e., falls, needle sticks, patient concerns.) (Quality of Care)

  • Completes appropriate report form for any risk (e.g., incident report, patient concern report, maintenance request.)

  • Communicates to appropriate personnel regarding unresolved issues.

  • Works within the scope of practice as defined by Iowa Department of Public Health.

  • Provides assistance with special projects.

  • Assists with orientation, training new personnel, and performance improvement.

  • Utilizes information systems to facilitate communication and documentation.

  • Performs ongoing assessments to determine the assigned patient's needs and implements interventions under the direction of the MD.

  • Includes data from the patient/significant other(s) in the assessment as appropriate.

  • Prioritizes data collection according to patient's immediate needs.

  • Is familiar with, and follows, paramedic protocols and standards of care for their unit.

  • Uses current knowledge in paramedic practice based on standards and research literature.

  • Performs an initial and ongoing assessment to determine the assigned patient's ongoing care needs.

  • Includes data from the patient/significant other(s) in the assessment as appropriate.

  • Prioritizes data collection according to patient's immediate needs.

  • Uses assessment findings in discharge planning.

  • Develops/reviews/revises and individualizes the plan of care to address the patient's care needs for optimum patient care outcomes.

  • Collaborates with physicians and other clinical disciplines as appropriate.

  • Provides teaching specific to the patient's health care problem.

  • Care plan reflects continuing care needs and/or referrals for discharge/transfer.

  • Implements interventions that are consistent with the established plan of care in a safe and appropriate manner.

  • Is familiar with, and follows, Paramedic protocols and standards of care for their unit.

  • Uses current knowledge in Paramedic practice based on standards and research literature.

  • Administers medication without error and utilizes critical thinking regarding medication effects on patient.

  • Evaluates patient care to determine response to care/interventions for optimal patient outcome.

  • Monitors outcomes and documents patient response to interventions.

  • Evaluates the patient's capabilities and/or limitations related to nursing and medical interventions.

  • Continually monitors the patient and/or significant other(s) ability to manage care needs after dismissal.

  • Gives a complete verbal or written change of shift report to the oncoming care provider. Includes current care requirements, to include SBAR content, and is familiar with the overall plan of care.

  • Recognizes and addresses patient and family capabilities and limitations (physical and mental).

  • Performs technical skills competently and independently to assure patient safety (autonomy).

  • Able to competently perform technical skills independently.

  • Is accountable to learn new skills and equipment within areas' specifications and time frame.

  • Demonstrates correct and safe technique in the use of equipment according to specific product information and policy and procedure manuals.

  • Follows appropriate procedure for obtaining and returning or cleaning/disposing of equipment and supplies.

  • Charges accurately for use of supplies and equipment according to policy.

  • Maintains competence in area of experience.

  • Initiates action to correct, prevent, and/or minimize risk(s) to the patient, family or hospital employees (e.g., falls, needle sticks, patient concerns).

  • Completes appropriate report form for any risk (e.g., incident report, patient concern report, maintenance request).

  • Works within the scope of practice as defined by Iowa Department of Public Health.

  • Observe appropriate precautions when administering hazardous medications or handling excreta from patients who have received hazardous medications.

  • Follows infection control guidelines and practices.

  • Essential Functions II

  • Participates in mandatory in-services and/or CE programs as mandated by policies and procedures/external agencies and as directed by management.

  • Follows and understands the mission, vision, core values, Employee Standards of Compassionate Care/AIDET and company policies/procedures.

  • Other duties as assigned.

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