Cardiology Diagnostic Technician II- Stress Lab
Job Ref # 31026
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Location: Houston, TX
Category: Professional

Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: M - F


Job Summary

The Cardiology Diagnostic Technician II is an experienced technician who performs a variety of routine to complex electrocardiograms (12 lead EKGs), Holter monitor applications and exercise/treadmill, including pharmacological and echo stress tests for both inpatient and outpatient exams.  Processes and transmits EKG, Holter monitor and stress test data to designated software applications. Ensures exams are available for physician interpretation for completion of exam, including paperwork and reconciliation of exams. This job collaborates with all members of the patient care team.

HOUSTON METHODIST EXPERIENCE EXPECTATIONS

  1. Provides personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:

INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.

COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.

ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.

RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.

EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate. 

  1. Focuses on patient/customer safety
  2. Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards
  3. Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)
  4. Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met
  5. Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports by enabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job

 

PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

PEOPLE - 20%

  1. Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one another to achieve optimal department results.  Collaborates with all members of the patient care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner. (EF)

SERVICE - 30%

1.Performs diagnostic electrocardiograms (12 lead EKGs) and Holter monitor exams that requires precise placement of electrodes to the assigned area for accurate EKG data.Proactively identifies issues and how to address them for optimum results. (EF)

2.Performs exercise/treadmill Stress Tests including documentation of patient vital signs, symptoms and tolerance of exam. (EF)

3.Executes exercise/treadmill Stress Tests protocol proficiently as directed by the Cardiologist. (EF)

4.Provides care for the physical needs of patients when conducting the EKG, Holter exams and Stress Tests.  As well as, educates patients on the required care of the monitoring unit and electrode care, who require inpatient or outpatient Holter monitoring. (EF)

5. Provides direct assistance to physicians and other health care team members during diagnostic exams.

QUALITY/SAFETY - 30%

  1. Identifies changes or abnormalities in EKG morphology when performing exams or processing data.  Takes corrective action or communicates immediately, when appropriate, to proper personnel for the best results. (EF)
  2. Reviews the quality of EKG tracings for the patient care team and interpreting physician.
  3. Ensures all patient care equipment has had QC performed as required and is in safe working order prior to use.  Reports any malfunctions to management and regularly practices preventive maintenance procedures; calls for service if needed. (EF)

FINANCE - 10%

  1. Provides accurate and complete documentation of patient procedures. Enters charges at the time service is delivered, when applicable. (EF)
  2. Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies.  Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks.

GROWTH/INNOVATION - 10%

1.Participates in departmental projects and shared governance activities.

2.Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development as a Technician.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned.  Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Graduate of education program approved by the credentialing body for the required credential(s) indicated below

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

1 year  experience as a technician performing a variety of electrocardiograms (12 lead EKGs), holter monitor applications and Stress Tests; will consider internal candidates with 6 months experience as a Cardiology Diagnostic Technician I

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED

  • One of the following:  NHA-CET, NCCET-CET or CCI-CCT
  • American Heart Association BLS

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

to perform the Essential Functions of the Job

  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills and competency assessments
  • Possesses basic computer knowledge; operates multiple computer systems to include, Hospital / Radiology/ Cardiology Information Systems and Office software to maintain patient and exam documents
  • Exhibits strong interpersonal and team player skills with all levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers
  • Adapts to multiple ongoing priorities with minimal supervision including, organizing workflow and actively participating in problem solving
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles

WORKING ENVIRONMENT

  • Includes office, patient care units, and invasive procedure areas
  • May include exposure to hazardous chemicals, blood borne pathogens and radiation
  • Adherence to universal precautions is required
  • Extended periods of standing and walking are required
  • Able to flex hours and work other shifts to meet needs related to unanticipated acuity; meet operational needs

Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of  race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.

VEVRAA Federal Contractor – priority referral Protected Veterans requested.



Company Profile

Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group - As one of the nation’s leading hospitals and academic medical centers Houston Methodist has brought together some of the nation’s leading experts in multiple specialties to serve our patients.  As part of Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group (HMSPG), these specialists not only provide excellent clinical care, but are on the forefront of research, developing leading-edge technologies and treatments, and teaching the medical pioneers of tomorrow.  This combination of clinical service, research and academics ensures patients have access to the latest in treatments and technologies while providing the best in comprehensive patient care.  Established as a non-profit corporation and certified by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, HMSPG enables physicians to maintain autonomy with respect to their clinical practice while growing their practice within an academic environment.

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