Dialysis Technician, Hemodialysis

Job Description

At UC Health, we're proud to have the best and brightest teams and clinicians collaborating toward our common purpose: to advance healing and reduce suffering.

As the region's adult academic health system, we strive for innovation and provide world-class care for not only our community, but patients from all over the world. Join our team and you'll be able to develop your skills, grow your career, build relationships with your peers and patients, and help us be a source of hope for our friends and neighbors.

UC Health is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of employment

Assist the professional staff with the delivery of patient care in the dialysis unit. In addition, this position is responsible for inventory control, basic machine care/tasks and order entry into computerized systems.

Responsibilities

PATIENT POPULATION -

(CLINICAL ONLY) Engages in population appropriate communication. Has knowledge of growth and development milestones and tasks. Gives clear instructions to patients/family regarding treatment. Involves family/guardian in the assessment, initial treatment and continuing care of the patient. Identifies any physical limitations of the patient and deploys intervention when necessary. Recognizes and responds appropriately to patients/families with behavioral health problems. Interprets population related data and plans care appropriately. Identifies and responds appropriately to different needs resulting from, unique psychological needs or those associated with religious / cultural norms. Performs treatments, administers medication or operates equipment safely. Recognizes and responds to signs/symptoms of abuse or neglect.

Performs selected aspects of patient care as assigned or directed:

As instructed by RN will: Assists dialysis & aphaeresis patients repositioning, transferring, weighing, feeding and personal hygiene. Performs technical procedures related to dialysis procedures: Set up and tear down of dialysis machines in dialysis unit and intensive care units. Checks machines for presence of disinfectant. Weekly disinfection of dialysis machines. Performs checks on water system daily and prior to each shift of patients. Point of Care Testing: Performs test on specimen as well as quality checks.

Environment and Safety -Assists with the transport of patients between units as needed. Safety hazards are corrected and reported to appropriate person. Assists with cleaning, maintenance and orderliness of dialysis unit and procedure room. Practices standard precautions. Daily stocking of supplies and making of packs. Responsible for transferring and/or securing specimens, pharmaceuticals and central service items as directed or needed for the unit. Performs weekly cultures of water stations and dialysis machines. Assist with patient identification and hand washing performance improvement projects. Obtain laboratory results. Files lab reports, answers phone, faxes information as directed. Inventory control, patient scheduling and computer order entry. Order all supplies and maintains inventory for dialysis, aphaeresis and interventional Nephrology in Lawson, Corporate Express, Owens and Minor, ABC warehouse, and pharmacy storeroom. Preparation of transfer packet (medical record) for transfer of chronic outpatients to community units. Initiates and processes 2728 End Stage Renal Disease Renal Evidence forms for chronic outpatients. Schedules patients for clinic appointments, procedures and community transportation. Maintains hemodialysis machine and water quality records. Communicates with Clinical Engineering to correct any problems. Basic order entry in Lastword and data entry in HII TIME documentation system. Enters daily procedure and supply charges in Lastword in the absence of the biller. Maintains positive customer relations with physicians, visitors, patients and others. Customers are addressed pleasantly and respectfully. Offers assistance in concise, informative manner, keep a courteous and positive tone. Facilitates patient/family orientation by explanation of visitor policy, family waiting area, treatment restrictions and HIPAA regulations. Attends unit meetings 10/12 times/year. Attends required in-services and educational opportunities.

Age Specific - Demonstrates knowledge and skill necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of patients served (adult and geriatric population).

Qualifications

Description -

Primary Purpose:

Dialysis technicians collaborate with RNs to provide dialysis treatment and maintain the functionality of the department. This involves prepping and testing equipment, reviewing treatment orders, and opening and preparing the department. Technicians evaluate patients prior to the dialysis being performed; this includes taking blood pressure, weight, temperature, and pulse.

Qualifications -

Knowledge and Skills

Education: High School Diploma or GED minimum required.

License and Certifications:

Current Ohio Dialysis Technician Certification through Ohio Board of Nursing, or able to transfer Current State Certification to Ohio prior to first day of employment.
Years of Experience: Minimum One - two years equivalent experience. Three to five years preferred.

Required Skills and Knowledge: Basic computer skills. Basic patient care skills at level of nursing assistant. Knowledge of the Patient Care Systems preferred (Epic, Access Anywhere, Word, Excel, etc...).