Mercy Health

  • Nurse Technician

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    Position Type
    Surgical 5th Fl
  • Overview

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    Our mission is clear. We bring to life a healing ministry through our compassionate care and exceptional service.  


    We don’t believe in jobs at Mercy, we believe in careers that match the unique gifts of unique individuals; careers that not only make the most of your skills and talents, but also your heart.


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    Responsibilities and Qualifications


    Adheres to the standards of Nursing practice/policy/procedures of the hospital and
    nursing department.1.1 Take assignment from charge nurse and clinical preceptor.
    1.2 Do not work above scope of practice
    1.3 Answers patients call lights in a timely manner to determine needs and responds
    appropriately by fulfilling needs within the scope of job description or reports patient
    needs to the nurse.
    1.4 Provides patient with privacy.
    1.5 Maintains confidentiality of patients, staff and hospital information (written, verbal,
    and electronic sources).
    1.6 Administers treatments and procedures within the realm of training using skills
    check sheet from nursing program and orientation skills check list.
    1.7 Documents tech nursing tasks and activities in EPIC.

    The following skills may be performed without direct supervision upon documentation
    of completed competency.2.1 Assists the nurse with the admission and discharge
    a)Tasks and documents vital signs/height/weight upon admission.
    b) Orients patient and family to environment.
    2.2 Takes and records temperature, pulse, respirations, and blood pressure on all
    assigned patients at the beginning of each shift and every four hours for twenty-four
    hours after surgery. Takes vital signs more frequently as assigned. Reports any
    significant findings to the nurse.
    2.3 Obtains weight on patient as ordered, report to nurse preceptor and document in
    2.4 Performs finger stick blood sugar as ordered, documents results in computerized
    nurses note and reports abnormal results (less than 70 or greater than 180), and
    record all results in EPIC.
    2.5 Empties wound suction/drainage devices; records amounts on Intake-Output in
    computerized record, does not apply to central lines or chest tubes.
    2.6 Applies and refills ice packs, refills K-pad units and humidifies, as directed by
    2.7 prepares and assists patients with sitz baths as ordered and documents on patient
    care record.
    2.8 Collects specimens, labels them correctly and delivers them to other departments
    for analysis, i.e.;
    a) Urine-Routine
    b) Urine-clean catch
    c) Urine-sterile from Foley
    d) Sputum
    e) Stool
    2.9 Pulse oximetry placement/readings and reports less than 92% to nurse
    2.10 Perform telemetry placement and electrode changes; inform telemetry tech when
    patient is off telemetry for test/bathing/ discharge.
    2.11 Turn, cough, and deep breathe postoperative patients every 2 hours or as
    2.12 Maintains patients proper body alignment and activity by turning nonambulatory
    patients every two hours and documenting position in computerized record.
    2.13 Assists patient to chair or ambulate as ordered.
    2.14 Prime IV tubing, change peripheral IV dressing, and discontinue peripheral IV's.
    2.15 Documents appropriate tech information in medical record.
    2.16 Measure for and apply anti-embolism (TED) stockings.

    Provides personal hygiene and comfort measures to patient as directed.3.1 Provides
    complete/partial baths or showers, including oral care.
    3.2 Provides fresh ice water routinely being aware of NPO status of patient.
    3.3 Provide hair care, nail care, and back rubs as needed.
    3.4 Documents hygiene and comfort measures on the patient care record.
    3.5 Assists with bedpan/urinal, bedside commode, or up to bathroom as needed.
    3.6 Perform perineal/catheter care as ostomy care as needed.
    3.7 Accurately records intake and output. Reports information to assigned nurse.

    Demonstrates ability to provide care to the following age groups:
    4.1 Utilizes knowledge of growth and development related to patient care activities.
    4.2 Includes age specific information when gathering data.

    Assists in the maintenance of adequate nutrition.5.1 Serves between meal
    supplements/snacks as ordered.
    5.2 Assists patients with meals, feeding if necessary.
    5.3 Documents types of diet and percentage of food eaten on the computerized record.
    5.4 Correctly follows patients diet as ordered.

    Communicates pertinent information to the responsible nurse.6.1 Promptly reports all
    signs and symptoms indicating any changes in the patient's
    condition to appropriate nurse immediately.
    6.2 Reports to appropriate nurse any patient needs/responses to therapy (complaints
    of pain, response to surroundings, changes in alertness, unusual skin redness or tears,
    6.3 Reports off to charge nurse before leaving assigned area.

    Maintains a clean and safe environment for patient and self by:7.1 Emptying and
    properly bagging linen and trash and storing it according to hospital
    7.2 Cleaning bedside and over-bed tables and straightening/changing bed linen prn.
    7.3 Removing unnecessary equipment from room.
    7.4 Cleaning bedpans, urinals and bedside commodes.
    7.5 Using proper hand washing techniques and standard precautions at all times.
    7.6 Complies with isolation procedures.
    7.7 Proper use and documentation of Patient Safety Precautions (i.e. side rails up, bed
    in low position, call light in reach, bed alarm on, and awareness of fall risk.)
    7.8 Follows fall protocol at all times based on Fall Risk assessment score, Reports non
    -compliance to nurse or charge nurse.
    7.9 Follows skin risk protocol at all times based on Braden assessment score. Reports
    non-compliance to nurse or charge nurse.

    Promotes professional and organizational development by completing the following:8.1
    Attends all mandatory in services.
    8.2 Maintain current life support certification.
    8.3 Adheres to all OSHA Standard regarding appropriate safety regulation and
    8.4 Complies with all policies, procedures, and protocols with no documentation
    8.5 Accurately completes clock-in transactions.
    8.6 Demonstrate ability to work professionally with co-workers and function as a team
    8.9 Demonstrate ability to accept constructive criticism from supervisor.
    8.10 Demonstrate ability to abide by all work rules.
    8.11 Maintain a positive attitude and influence with environment at all times.

    Performs the following skills upon documentation of completed competency. A
    Registered Nurse is directly responsible at all times for the Nurse Technician, who is
    functioning as an unlicensed person with a defined job description. The RN must be
    physically present in the institution, not, however, providing direct supervision for every
    activity.a) Dressing change for peripheral IV sites - Does not apply to central and PICC
    b) Monitor IV Fluids
    c) Administers all types of enemas
    d) Foley Catheter placement
    e) Basic dressing changes that require no meds or ointments.
    f) Use the Nursing process to establish priority of care.
    g) Take report on assigned group of patients from off-going shifts and give report to
    h) Monitor patient receiving blood products for adverse reactions
    i) May update, but not initiate the Nursing assessment with RN co-signage.
    (technicians are allowed to make notes on the intervention, not chart progression the
    patient is making toward closing out the plan of care.)
    j) Phlebotomy and IV catheter insertions.
    k) Convert Peripheral IV to saline lock - cannot flush saline lock
    l) NasoGastric Tube Placement
    m) initiate or Irrigate Foley catheter
    n) NT suctioning
    o) Administer Tube feedings via PEG or NG Tube and flush with water

    The above description is intended to describe the general
    nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. The list is not
    intended to be an all exhaustive list of responsibilities and duties required and may
    include other duties as assigned.


    Because you’re committed to excellence, you understand the importance of being properly prepared for your role at Mercy. That’s why you’ll bring to your role the right set of qualifications:


    Education: Current enrollment in a RN school of nursing and has at least one year or less to complete the nursing program, or has completed a RN program in a school of nursing and has applied to write the licensure examination. The graduate may continued to be employed in a Nurse Technician role until licensed, provided that the first licensure examination is taken within 6 months of graduation, on either the first or the second attempt. Completion of orientation to unit assigned.
    Licensure: none
    Certifications: BLS certification required upon completion of orientation.
    Other: Prior to performing any nursing skill; 1) the skill must have been taught in the nursing program or tech orientation, and 2) the tech is required to verbally demonstrate or express rationale, implication and procedure of focus to the preceptor. To achieve competency level in skills, the nurse tech will; 1) observe the skill 2) perform under direct supervision, and 3) competency achieved when preceptor is confident skill can be performed independently.
    Preferred Education:
    Preferred Licensure: phlebotomy certification
    Preferred Experience: Previoous experience as nurse assistant, unit secretary or orderly.


    We’ll Support You at Work and Home


    Our foundations are built on dignity and respect. Modern Healthcare Magazine named us as a “top 100 places to work.” We go out of our way to help people feel welcomed.  We offer day-one comprehensive health, vision and dental coverage, PTO, tuition reimbursement and employer-matched retirement funds to benefit-eligible co-workers, including those working 48 hours or more per pay period!


    What Makes a Good Match for Mercy


    Compassion and professionalism go hand-in-hand with us, along with exceptional quality care. Having a positive outlook and a strong sense of advocacy is in perfect step with our mission and vision. We’re also collaborative and are not afraid to do a little extra to deliver excellent care – that’s just part of our commitment. If that sounds like a fit for you as well, we encourage you to apply.


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