Maternal/Child Technician - PMC Nursing Administration - Part Time Evening
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The Maternal/Child Technician assists in the nursing care and preparation of labor and delivery surgical patients and as an assistant to the professional nursing staff in the division of Maternal Child Health, by performing tasks involving patient care and related unit activities.
A day in the life of a Maternal/Child Technician at Hackensack Meridian Health includes:
- Prepares rooms with appropriate instruments, sutures, supplies and equipment necessary for each individual procedure as
outlined in the departmental policy and procedure manual; refers to the physician’s preference book for special needs,
equipment, or instruments of the surgeon performing the scheduled operation.
- Demonstrates competence in assisting the surgical team during operative procedures. Consistently passes instruments,
sponges, sutures, and suction tubes to surgeon and surgical assistants, as requested, in such a manner that the surgeon
need not divert attention from the operating field.
- Demonstrates an awareness of legal responsibilities and the reason for complete accuracy when performing operating room counts (sponge, needle, instrument); knows proper procedure to follow in case of an incorrect count; reports discrepancies and/or corrections immediately.
- Follows written procedures in accounting for reporting the number of drains and /or packs and their location to the
- Demonstrates competence in the care of specimens and in the accurate recording, labeling, and handling of specimens at all times.
- Gowns and gloves other scrubbed personnel, as requested, Following strict aseptic procedures at all times.
- Adjusts lights and other equipment as directed by the surgeon or staff nurse; always follows orders carefully and completely; positions and adjusts surgical and special equipment accordingly to the surgical procedure to be performed.
- Maintains patient’s safety by applying the principles of body alignment and attaches additional equipment on the table
according to established procedures; ensures that bony prominence are well padded. Utilize knowledge of techniques
and regulations appropriate to the ages of patients served.
- Keeps operative field in a neat, clean, dry and sterile condition; identifies and immediately reports any breaks in aseptic techniques by self and others; maintains a sterile set-up until the patient has left the operating room.
- Ensures comfort and safety for patient; demonstrates an awareness of patient’s fears and apprehension. Supports patients emotionally in the pre- and post-surgical phase; is sensitive to patient care needs, and treats patients with kindness and understanding; shows an interest in the patient as a person. Alerts others to meet a patient’s immediate needs; remains aware of any changes in a patients condition; respects patient’s privacy and confidentiality, at all times. Utilizes updates knowledge of techniques and regulations appropriate to the ages of patients served. Communicates clearly and tactfully with patients.
- Follows established procedures in making up special sterile supplies such as: needles, catheters, penrose drain, cotton balls, etc.: sterilizes specific instruments as necessary according to proper sterilization procedures; demonstrates proper wrapping techniques of supplies for sterilization. Always follows written procedures for gas and steam sterilization; knows responsibilities and the necessity for chemical and bacteriological monitoring.
- Checks on daily basis, assigned MCH equipment to ensure proper functioning; maintains an awareness of special maintenance procedures; promptly reports any inoperative equipment to the supervisor; inspects the department regularly for proper equipment functions.
- Takes and records temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure height, weight, I & O, and other measurements as applicable, in an accurate and precise manner. Records all vital signs immediately after taking, in the TPR log book and reports all variations from normal to the RN in charge.
- Prepares patients for meals, sets up each patient and their tray, assists in feeding patients (if necessary), positions patients to avoid choking and ease in eating; regularly provides patients with fresh water (at least one time/shift) and other nourishments according to patient’s needs.
- Demonstrates competence in performing treatments and procedures Such as enemas, applications of heat and cold compresses, sitz bath, Skin preps and EKG’s.
- Ensures delivery of excellent customer service resulting in positive and improving patient satisfaction scores
for department and Medical Center.
- Follows departmental procedures in: scrubbing, hand drying, gowning, gloving, and observing for contamination and/or breaks in aseptic technique. Demonstrates close attention to details of aseptic technique at all times. Follows aseptic technique when opening sterile supplies and setting-up procedures. Discards any contaminated supplies-immediately, according to established written procedures.
- Assists in transportation of patient as required from bed to operating room. Assists other team members, upon completion of surgery, in moving patient on a wheeled stretcher for delivery to the Post Anesthesia Recovery Room; demonstrates an awareness of patient safety and proper body mechanics.
- Assists in draping patients for surgical procedures; follows procedures outlined in the department manual. Assists in the preparation of patient operative areas according to the need; carefully follows established procedures under the direction of the Labor and Delivery Room Staff Nurse.
- Assists in the cleanup of the labor and delivery rooms following deliveries and surgical procedures, including disposal of used linens, gloves, instruments, utensils, equipment and waste; cleans instrument tables at the end of each case according to proper sterilization. Always follows written procedures for gas and steam sterilization; knows responsibilities and the necessity for chemical and bacteriological monitoring.
- Assists in clerical work and takes messages.
- Participates in patient assignment conferences with the Registered Nurses and fully understands patient assignment.
- Assumes responsibility for patients’ clothing and personal property (prosthetic devices, hearing aids, glasses, etc.) by securing items in accordance with established procedures; accurately notes and always provides for safe care of patient valuables. Assists and accompanies patient in the admission, transfer, and discharge process; documents patient admission and discharge data correctly in appropriate log book.
- Provides post-mortem care and transport of body in a safe, precise manner to the morgue.
- Maintains CPR certification; demonstrates and ability to function in emergency situations.
- Assists with the orientation of new personnel to the MCH unit.
- Demonstrates the ability to perform any or all of the scrub or circulating duties outlined in the department procedure manual under the direction of a staff nurse for labor and delivery surgical procedures.
- Demonstrates a good rapport and cooperative working relationship with all members of the health care team; responds to co-workers with concern and cooperation; readily assists co-workers without being asked.
- Greets patients in a courteous manner, responds to patients with empathy and positive interpersonal skills; introduces self and refers to patient by name.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Successful completion of a nationally or regionally accredited education program for surgical technologists.
- High School diploma or equivalent.
- Successful completion of a Nursing Assistant/Technician Training Program with Certification.
- BLS Certification.
- One year of hospital Nursing Assistant/Technician experience preferred.
- Six months Operating Room or Labor and Delivery scrub experience preferred. Six months hospital Nursing Assistant experience preferred.
If you feel that the above description speaks directly to your strengths and capabilities, then please apply today!
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