Centura Health CNA - Nursing Unit Secretary II in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is a full-service, 522-bed acute care provider in Colorado Springs comprised of Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center. Penrose Hospital serves as the anchor hospital of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services with 364-licensed beds and the ability to provide tertiary (high tech) medical-surgical services with an emphasis on elective and outpatient care. Established in 1890, Penrose Hospital has grown to become a major health treatment and referral center, specializing in cancer care, cardiac care, emergency trauma care and physical rehabilitation. In 2008 we opened St. Francis Medical Center to keep pace with the growing needs of the Colorado Springs’ community on the north side of the city. St. Francis Medical Center features 172-beds and offers a modern Birth Center, Level IIIA Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Care Unit, Emergency Department, Level III Trauma Center, Imaging Services, Surgical Services, and Critical Care Unit. It is also serves as Southern Colorado’s home base for the Flight For Life® Colorado air medical helicopter service. It’s an incredible time to join us as we celebrate our tenth consecutive year as one of “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” by Healthgrades and Magnet Hospital designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for superior quality in nursing care. With 300+ days of annual sunshine, mild winters and easy access places like Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods and some of Colorado’s top destination resorts, you will enjoy an incredible lifestyle while having the career you’ve always wanted. For more information about Penrose – St. Francis Health Services, visit http://www.penrosestfrancis.org/.

_Job Description/Job Posting ID: 129132_

_Recruiter Contact:_ MatthewDevine@centura.org

_Clinic/Department:_* 6061 PSF MICU*

_Hospital:_* PENROSE HOSPITAL*

_Schedule:_ Full Time

_Shift:_ Nights

_Position Summary_

Provides direct and indirect nursing care under the direction of a RN and in accordance with policies and procedures. Continually monitors patients on telemetry by interpreting and recording ECG rhythms and reporting pertinent changes to appropriate personnel. Responsible for accuracy of reports and error reconciliation. Troubleshoots equipment problems and communicates needs to leader. Assists the healthcare team in coordinating, prioritizing and communicating patient, physician and staff needs. Assumes personal accountability for organizational mission and core values.

_Minimum Education Requirements_

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Graduate of a Certified Nursing Assistant Program

_Minimum Experience Requirements_

  • Six months previous CNA experience

  • Ability to read, write, speak, and understand English Basic computer skills

  • Previous telemetry experience, preferred

  • Previous nursing unit secretary or medical office experience, preferred

_License/Certifications_

  • Current state CNA license for applicable state of employment

  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification from American Heart Association

  • Certified Rhythm Analysis Technician (CRAT) from Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), preferred Successful completion of ECG exam annually

_Position Duties (essential functions denoted with an * )_

  • Assists with safe and appropriate delegated patient care tasks which are directly supervised

  • Provides person-centered care with sensitivity and respect for the human experience in a collaborative fashion with other team members. Assists care team in achieving daily patient and family goals. *

  • Provides quality patient care, including comfort and hygiene measures, preventative skin care, safety measures, transport, and nutritional and elimination needs. *

  • Reports patient status changes and needs to RN accurately and in a timely manner. *

  • Demonstrates effective use of clinical strategies to insure patient and associate safety. *

  • Communicates concerns regarding hazards or errors related to patients to the health care team. *

  • Uses Situation, Background, Assessment, and Recommendation (SBAR) communication techniques. *

  • Accurately documents vital signs, input/output, nutritional intake, personal hygiene, weights and other patient care performed and reports findings promptly to RN. *

  • Demonstrate working knowledge of telemetry monitoring system. *

  • Responsible for observation and documentation of patient’s cardiac rhythm: every shift, when an arrhythmia occurs, and on each new patient as they are placed on telemetry. RN to co-sign patient’s documented rhythm. *

  • Recognizes and notifies RN immediately when life threatening arrhythmia occurs. *

  • Promptly responds to all monitor alarms according to department/hospital policy. *

  • Documents all communication to care givers. *

  • Documents rhythms strips according to department/hospital policy. *

  • Maintains patient EKG records in systematic organized fashion. Files EKG reports onto charts as needed. *

  • Documents reason when patient is temporarily or permanently removed from telemetry and if/when monitoring resumes. *

  • Ensures central monitor is never left unattended. *

  • Ensures all patients on telemetry are connected to central monitor and alarms are appropriately set. *

  • Maintains inventory and replacement of telemetry supplies. Assures that all transmitter inventory is accounted for each shift. *

  • Cleans transmitter after each patient use. *

  • Helps to maintain equipment in good working order; notifies biomed of malfunctioning equipment. *

  • Effectively uses time, personnel, equipment and supplies to provide high quality, cost effective patient care and monitoring. Organizes and prioritizes work to be completed within assigned time frame to promote consistent patient comfort. *

  • Maintains thorough and confidential maintenance of patient charts and records.

  • Promptly triages and responds to patient call lights. *

  • Utilizes computer technology to access and exchange data, i.e., lab results, interdepartmental communications, etc. *

  • Maintains non-EMR patient records as needed to ensure availability of accurate patient information. *

  • Responsible for inputting daily and special charges as requested. *

  • Performs clerical duties, maintains department/unit logs and coordinates services as needed. *

  • Greets patients/visitors and directs/escorts to the desired location. *

  • May be tasked with rounding on patients throughout the shift asking if patients or visitors have any needs. *

  • Ensures that work environment and patient rooms are neat and orderly to enhance unit and hospital image. Maintains and stocks nursing supplies. *

  • Serves as a patient advocate. *

  • Uses standards of care, hospital policies/procedures and regulatory guidelines to guide work. *

  • Demonstrates ethical, legal and professional behavior. *

  • Communicates in a clear, courteous manner with patients, families, visitors, coworkers, physicians and other departments. *

  • Consistently demonstrates flexibility as evidenced by floating to other areas and is agreeable to work flexible schedules including weekends, holidays, evening and night hours as necessary to meet the needs of the patients and department. *

  • Assists with quality improvement, safety and regulatory functions as directed. Participates in process change to improve practice. *

  • Assists in training other nursing support staff, volunteers, students and other hospital personnel. *

  • Adapts to rapidly changing technology as evidenced by competency in technology and equipment used in the patient care setting. *

  • Demonstrates effective time management and is proactive in prioritizing workload and meeting productivity requirements. *

_Physical Requirements_

  • Medium Work - exert/lift up to 50 lbs. force occasionally, and/or up to 20 lbs. frequently, and/or up to 10 lbs. constantly

Important notification to applicants as of Nov. 20, 2014: Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Centura Health will no longer hire tobacco users in Colorado and Kansas. The change to our policy does not apply to associates hired on or before Dec. 31, 2014. Centura Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V.