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Monitor Technician, Telemetry

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Location: Austin TX

Company Name: HCA Healthcare

Occupational Category: 15-1151.00,Computer User Support Specialists

Date Posted: 2020-02-10

Valid Through: 2020-03-11

Employment Type: FULL_TIME


Description SHIFT: Nights (rotating weekends)

SCHEDULE: Full-time

St. David’s
South Austin Medical Center is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was
recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige
National Quality Award in 2014. St.
David's South Austin Medical Center is an acute care facility with 316 beds,
offering a range of complex specialties and sub-specialties, including a
nationally accredited oncology program with the area’s only adult bone marrow
transplant program; a trauma program that includes all of the capabilities and
programmatic elements of a Level II trauma center to treat the most severely
injured and critical patients; a comprehensive cardiac program; full-service
maternity and newborn care with Level I and II nurseries; and two full-service
emergency centers in the communities of Bee Cave and Bastrop.

We offer
you an excellent total compensation package, including competitive salary,
excellent benefit package and growth opportunities. We believe in our team and
your ability to do excellent work with us. Your benefits include 401k, PTO
medical, dental, flex spending, life, disability, tuition reimbursement,
employee discount program, employee stock purchase program and student loan
repayment. We would love to talk to you about this fantastic opportunity.


The Telemetry Monitor Technician maintains close observation of the electrocardiograph patterns of patients. The monitor technician possesses a basic knowledge of dysrhthmia interpretation and utilizes effective communication with unit personnel and interdisciplinary team members. The Monitor Technician observes and interprets cardiac telemetry tracings at a central monitoring station under the direction of a Registered Nurse. Records rhythm data at regular intervals as needed.


Performs monitoring of patients who have cardiac telemetry ordered, according to hospital; policies and procedures:
• Observe monitors constantly to detect changes in cardiac rate and rhythm
• Demonstrates basic knowledge of the effects of cardiac medications on cardiac rhythms
• Interprets accurately cardiac rate and rhythm 90% of the time
• Seeks assistance from the charge nurse or cardiac clinician as needed to interpret cardiac rhythms
• Informs, in a timely manner, charge nurse and/or primary nurse of any change in rhythm and/or significant change in rate
• Alert charge nurse, or any available RN, immediately of life threatening dysrhythmias
• Recognizes that variables such as age, race, nationality, culture, disease-causing vulnerabilities, socioeconomic factors affect the patient populations under their care. Uses interventions appropriate to these factors (e.g., interpreter, dietary preferences, social service consult, etc.)

Maintains a record of each patient’s cardiac rate and rhythm:
• Obtains a rhythm strip and correctly labels it with the patients name, room number, date, time, channel number, rate, and rhythm at the beginning of the shift and as any changes occur
• Prepares rhythm strip for each patients chart within one hour of shift
• An hourly log is maintained of each patient’s rate and rhythm
• Act as a resource for staff with remote telemetry patients
• Utilizes proper leads for interpretation unless otherwise indicated
• Assists in optimal lead placement when designated leads are not the most appropriate lead
• Prepares equipment for patients
• Clears and/or merges memory for each patient every four hours and as needed

Contributes to the orderly functioning of the unit:
• Maintains floor stock par levels for telemetry patients
• Telemetry charges are regularly and accurately entered on all telemetry patients
• Transmitters and wires are routinely cleaned
• Identifies equipment problems and notifies BioMed Department
• Answers phone for the unit as needed

• Attends 80% of staff meetings.
• Attends 100% of mandatory meetings and inservices.
• Participates in department QI activities
• Promptly greets individuals entering the unit and offer assistance
• Maintains confidentiality about hospital matters
• Adheres to the hospital and unit policies and procedures.
• Maintains competencies required by the hospital, unit and position.



Required: High School Diploma or equivalent. Completion of a dysrhythmia interpretation course with a pass rate of 85% within orientation period.
• Employees hired prior to 2/20/11 will be considered “grandfathered” and will not be required to present High School Diploma or equivalent.

Preferred: Completion of a Basic EKG course. 1-2 years of college. Computer skills. Previous experience as a monitor technician.


Required: BLS


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