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Cardiology Tech

Methodist Health System Omaha, NE
  • Purpose of Job
    • Cardiology technician assists Cardiologists scheduling appointments, reviewing patient files, monitoring testing and assists in diagnosis of cardio and/or vascular diseases.
  • Job Requirements
    • Education
      • High School Diploma or General Educational Development (G.E.D.) required.
      • Participates in mandatory in-services and continuing education programs as mandated by policies and procedures, external agencies, or as directed by supervisor or manager.

    • Experience
      • Previous experience with electrocardiogram (EKG) and cardiac stress testing required. 

    • License/Certifications
      • Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) strongly preferred at time of hire, required within 3 months of hire.

    • Skills/Knowledge/Abilities
      • Requires the ability to read, write, speak and understand the English language well enough to communicate at a level normally acquired through a high school education.
      • Requires the ability to recognize cardiac arrhythmia's normally acquired through on the job training and/or courses in EKG interpretation.
  • 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
        • Standing
        • Stooping/bending
        • Twisting
        • Walking
      • Constantly Performed (67%-100%):
        • Fingering/Touching
        • Grasping
        • Hearing
        • Reaching
        • Seeing/Visual
        • Speaking/talking

    • Job Hazards
      • Not Related:
        • Explosives (pressurized gas)
        • Electrical Shock/Static
        • Radiation Alpha, Beta and Gamma (particles such as X-ray, Cat Scan, Gamma Knife, etc)
        • Radiation Non-Ionizing (Ultraviolet, visible light, infrared and microwaves that causes injuries to tissue or thermal or photochemical means)
      • Rare (1-33%):
        • Chemical agents (Toxic, Corrosive, Flammable, Latex)
        • Mechanical moving parts/vibrations
      • Occasionally (34%-66%):
        • Biological agents (primary air born and blood born viruses) (Jobs with Patient contact) (BBF)
        • Physical hazards (noise, temperature, lighting, wet floors, outdoors, sharps) (more than ordinary office environment)
        • Equipment/Machinery/Tools
  • 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 Age Specific Criteria.
        • Demonstrates ability to identify opportunities for and give individualized customer service/patient care according to customer/patient needs.

      • Schedule patients for stress tests and assists physician's pr mid-level practitioners with performance of the stress tests (including nuclear stress tests).
        • Receives call from emergency room and coordinates chest pain patients for early morning stress tests.
        • Assists coordination of add-on patients to the Heart Station or Nuclear Department.
        • Communicates add-on patients with the mid-level practitioners or physicians for the procedure.

      • Prepares patient for a stress test.
        • Checks patient wristband for two identifiers (full name, medical history number, and/or date of birth).
        • Educate patient regarding lead placement, how to walk on a treadmill, what to expect from the increased heart rate, and the importance of exciting off the treadmill quickly for the echo sonographer.
        • Prior to the stress test, obtain accurate patient history, have appropriate indications for the procedure and obtain BP's for physicians or mid-level practitioners.
        • Monitor patients' heart rate after stress test to ensure it is within a normal range.
        • Log each patient in to Cerner and charge for the procedure.

      • Work professionally with all members of the cardiac team.
        • Works well with Emergency Room, Nuclear, Echo staff and Registered Nurses when coordinating stress echos.

      • Collaborates in the maintenance of proper inventory.
        • Works with Bio-med for all first respond maintenance for EKG carts or treadmill needs.
        • Shares the responsibility of ordering supplies for the department.

      • Demonstrates ability to access environment of care policies on computer.
        • Can speak to code red. How to rescue patients and evacuate the department.
        • Can speak to code triage. What is responsibility with a code triage?
        • Is knowledgeable of the hazardous materials in the area and can identify the chemical diamond.
        • Demonstrates competency in accessing all hospital policies.

      • Competent in putting on and taking off Holter Monitors and Event Monitors.
        • Knows who makes the appointment for the Holter Monitor or Event Monitors.
        • Give instructions to the patient for the Holter Monitor and Event Monitors.
        • Appropriately charges for putting on and taking off the monitors.

    • 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 Behavior and company policies/procedures.

      • Other duties as assigned.

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