Under the supervision of the RN, APP and/or physician, provides care in a short stay Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) to a variety of patients whose conditions do not initially meet inpatient admission requirements but require additional testing and/or assessments prior to disposition.
Provides input to the RN to help develop the plan of care and assists in carrying out plan of care for patients. Performs tasks delegated by the RN and other licensed members of the (CDU) team. Communicates changes in patient condition to the primary nurse or provider team. Additionally, responsible for administrative and clerical assistance to support the operation of the assigned nursing unit. Collaborates with other staff and leaders in the development, management and operation of the
Performs specialized tasks as directed by RN or APP/MD including but not limited to obtaining vital signs, venipuncture, IV insertion, EKG, wound cleansing, splinting, specimen collection, point of care testing, patient safety observation, decontamination of patients and/or staff member, as well as legal blood alcohol blood draws.
Differentiates between normal and abnormal vital signs and notifies the RN of abnormal vital signs.
Notifies RN of change in patient condition, safety concerns or family issues.
Performs transportation responsibilities when requested; transporting patients from one area to another including those requiring telemetry; delivering laboratory specimens, blood products, medications and other hospital/medical items to the requested departments as needed; and includes access to the pneumatic tube system to transport items.
Participates in Unit and Department Performance Improvement activities, which can include data collection.
Clerical responsibilities to include (but not inclusive): Managing unit central nursing station phone line, providing real time Admission/Transfer/Discharge communication to clinical staff, utilization of the electronic healthcare record (EHR) to retrieve and enter patient information to facilitate ancillary department workflows.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of Emergency Department Practices/Observation care patients.Knowledge of and ability to use medical equipment and instruments to administer patient care. Knowledge of common safety hazards and precautions to establish safe work environment.
Skill in maintaining records and recording test results. Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with patients, families, visitors, employees, providers and the public. Demonstrates sensitivity in dealing with psychiatric patient populations which requires very specific communication skills as directed by the plan of care.
Ability to maintain quality control standards. Ability to react calmly and effectively to emergency situations. Ability to interpret, adapt and apply guidelines and procedures. Ability to communicate clearly. Ability to demonstrate and maintain clinical/clerical competency. Ability to apply de-escalation techniques in promoting a safe work environment maintaining patient and staff safety.
Strong communication and interpersonal skill set required
* High School Diploma or GED (Required)
1 year of healthcare experience required
Emergency Department experience preferred
* Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR) from American Heart Association (Required)
* EMT-Basic (Required)
* Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) issued by the State of Colorado with twenty-hour Colorado State EMS approved IV training class (to practice under the provisions of the Colorado Code of Regulations: Rule 500, 3CCR-713-6) or EMT-Intermediate or Paramedic (EMT-P) with Colorado State certificate or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) with LPN-IV authority from the Colorado State Board of Nursing.
Location Denver Health Campus
Work Type Full time
All job applicants for safety-sensitive positions must pass a pre-employment drug test, once a conditional offer of employment has been made.
Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, high-quality academic health care system that is considered a model for the nation. The Denver Health system includes the Rocky Mountain Regional Level I Trauma Center, a 525-bed acute care medical center, Denver's 911 emergency medical response system, 8 family health centers, 15 school-based health centers, the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, the Denver Public Health Department, an HMO, and The Denver Health Foundation.
As Colorado's primary safety net institution, Denver Health is a mission-driven organization that has provided more than $3.3 billion in care for the uninsured in the last ten years. Denver Health is a leader in performance and quality improvements and remains financially secure, in part, due to its nationally recognized implementation of lean principles in healthcare. Denver Health is a major resource to the community, serving approximately 185,000 individuals and 67,000 children a year.
Located just south of downtown Denver, Denver Health is just minutes away from many of the cultural and recreational activities Denver has to offer.
We strongly support diversity in the workforce and Denver Health is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).
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