The Health Technician is primarily responsible for providing support to staff by monitoring cardiac rhythms of telemetry patients and remote continuous patient observation and telesitter monitoring system, at the central station according to telemetry protocols and telesitter protocols. Duties include, but are not limited to: Admits and discharges patients to/from the telemetry monitoring system per physician orders. Views patient cardiac rhythms at the central monitoring station and responds to alarms based on telemetry protocols. Demonstrates technical analysis of fundamental cardiac rhythms and detections of lethal arrhythmias, acute rhythm abnormalities, telemetry settings and alarm levels, and the effects/potential effects on patients and treatments. Uses the Electronic Medical record and other approved software as needed to perform duties and chart effectively. Communication skills to provide for effective, concise, and courteous communication with Veterans, nursing staff and medical staff in relation to Telemetry monitoring and Telesitter observations. Recognizes abnormal rhythms and contacts appropriate health care personnel. Identifies emergency situations and calls a code blue when appropriate. Checks CPRS once a shift to make sure the remote patients have current telemetry orders. If orders are not current, then the telemetry tech notifies the patients nurse. Off-going tech transports telemetry strips to other units after shift report. Work Schedule: 0730-2000 and 1930-0800 Monday-Sunday/Every other weekend Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician/PD12588A Physical Requirements: The work may require regular physical exertion; such as walking, frequent bending, reaching and stretching to set or remove equipment; lifting and carrying of weight up to 20 pounds, and pushing or pulling of moderately heavy objects. Some typing is required, and some duties may require above average dexterity. Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.