Penn Highlands Healthcare

  • Unit Secretary / Monitor Technician, Progressive Care Unit

    Job Location US-PA-DuBois
    Posted Date 3 months ago(11/21/2018 2:56 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Progressive Care Unit
    Varied shifts (some weekends and holidays)
    Full Time
  • Overview

    The best of modern health care technology, plus the best of small town America!

    Located in the midst of the beautiful rolling hills and woodlands of Pennsylvania, you don't have to be a native to feel at home here. No matter where your roots, you'll quickly recognize that the staff at Penn Highlands DuBois (PHD), like other residents of the community, will make you feel right at home.


    Penn Highlands DuBois (PHD) offers residents of west central Pennsylvania a rare combination of technologically advanced health care in a warm, friendly environment. Widely recognized as one of the leading health centers of its kind in the commonwealth, PHD is an oasis of clinical and technical excellence, with a focus on patient-centered care. Its rural setting is just far enough from the hustle of the city life to make it peaceful, but close enough to provide easy access to sought-after urban attractions.

    The Monitor Technician, under the direction and supervision of the Director, is responsible for performing cardiac monitor observation duties



    *Complies with PENN HIGHLANDS DUBOIS policies and procedures,  accreditation agency requirements, and federal, state, and local law and regulations

    *Demonstrates competency in Monitor Technician role as evidenced by but not limited to:

    • Performs clerical duties to support the nursing staff and patient care
    • Pays attention to telemetry communication orders and acts upon to facilitate completion
    • Maintains patient records per policy
    • Provides appropriate cleaning of telemetry units upon discontinuation of patient monitoring
    • Records patient's departure and return to the unit in Cerner
    • Observes telemetry, recognizes arrhythmias, and notifies the responsible nurse immediately of any changes / concerns
    • Reports changes in patient's cardiac rhythm to the RN or provider
    • Collects and reports ongoing telemetry data on each patient monitored
    • Appropriately collects data and rhythm strips and places them on patient charts for the primary nurse to analysis
    • Acts in accordance with established procedure in the notification of telemetry nurse regarding arrhythmias
    • Assists the RN in the care of the patient by communicating patient arrhythmias in the department
    • Communicates pertinent information to co-workers during shift report
    • Contacts Bio Med regarding problems with maintenance of monitoring equipment

    *Demonstrates competency in Unit Secretary role as evidenced by but not limited to:

    • Performs clerical duties to support the nursing staff and patient care
    • Schedules follow-up appointments for post discharge patients
    • Faxes reports to physician offices
    • Notifies physician offices of consults
    • Places physician consults in STAR to populate to the physician's patient list and document appropriately
    • Observes for stat orders in the computer system and notifies the RN and the appropriate department
    • Pays attention to communication orders and acts upon to facilitate completion
    • Enters staff assignments in a timely and accurate manner and updates as needed
    • Maintains patient records per policy (i.e. restock forms, universal chart order)
    • Answers nurse call system, directs caregivers, and assists as appropriate
    • Maintains the nurse call equipment and assigns to appropriate staff
    • Enters intent to discharge in STAR and notifies registration
    • Enters department work requests through the intranet
    • Retrieves lab specimen labels and requisitions and provides to the appropriate staff member
    • Assists with completion of patient trip tickets
    • Fulfills sitters role as needed by the department
    • Performs basic tasks to support patient care (i.e. water pitchers, tissues, blankets, hygiene supplies, etc.)
    • Completes assigned portions of the monthly patient safety rounds
    • Restocks non-medication supply area to support patient care and health care providers
    • Performs monthly checks for outdated supplies and completes supply check log
    • Provides weekly cleaning of computers on wheels and keyboards
    • Ensures computers on wheels are plugged in to maintain functionality

    *Participates in the development of new staff as evidenced by but not limited to:

    • Actively participates in the orientation including cultural and social integration of new staff

    *Demonstrates personal accountability as evidenced by but not limited to:

    • Achieves educational credits to meet hospital requirements
    • Shares information obtained at education conferences to staff members
    • Participates in implementing departmental initiatives
    • Conducts self in professional manner in dress, actions, and interpersonal communication
    • Ensures environment of safety for patients, significant others, and coworkers
    • Informs Department Director /
    • Supervisor / Clinical Manager / Assistant Vice President Inpatient Nursing of patient care situations and departmental problems as appropriate
    • Demonstrates effective problem solving skills for clinical and departmental issues

    *Maintains Healthcare Provider (CPR) certification


    *Maintains discipline specific basic arrhythmia competency



    • Customer service attitude required
    • High school diploma or equivalent required
    • One year patient care experience preferred
    • Typing and computer skills required
    • Medical Terminology preferred
    • Healthcare Provider (CPR) certification required or must obtain within 6 months of start date in position
    • Successful completion of Arrhythmia Course within 2 months of start date in position required


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