Paramedic, PRN, Emergency Department, Wilkes Medical Center
Provides emergency care to patients according to treatment protocols in accordance with NCCEP protocols set forth by the N.C. Office of EMS (NCOEMS). Involves serving as a care team member in the Emergency Department in accordance to the Scope of Practice set forth by the Non-Traditional Practice Setting Agreement with N.C. Office of EMS and the Medical Center/hospital. Serves the following patients age categories: neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Paramedic certification from an accredited certified paramedic program, or an Associate's of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in paramedic studies or equivalent. Three years of Emergency Service experience preferred.
LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION, and/or REGISTRATION: Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and NC-OEMS certification as EMT-P required. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) or Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) may be required within one year in select areas. Critical care certificate or national registry paramedic, preferred. Maintains certification through affiliation with approved NC-OEMS education provider.
- Provides patient/family centered care focusing on the physical, emotional, spiritual, cultural, religious, and environmental needs. This includes rapid evaluation of life threatening emergencies, implementation of prescribed therapies within scope of practice, collaboration with nursing and medical team to establish treatment goals.
- Maintains a safe, therapeutic, and healing environment through ensuring patient privacy and responsive, respectful, accepting, and professional behavior. Utilizes and promotes the use of technology and equipment to enhance the safety of patients and staff.
- Communicates effectively to promote sharing of information throughout the continuum of care and as an effective member of the healthcare team.
- Demonstrates the ability to function in a professional setting through active participation in a professional practice model. This includes participating in shared governance, adherence to standards of care, participation in peer review and professional development promoting leadership and clinical excellence, effective team skills, autonomous practice and acknowledgment of accountability for actions and critical thinking.
- Acts as a patient advocate throughout the continuum of care including all patient settings and in the community.
- Identifies clinical priorities and initiates action to improve patient outcomes.
- Uses medications, treatments and protocols within the scope of practice as defined by NCOEMS, under the orders from a physician.
- Performs and maintains competency for point of care testing as assigned, ensuring compliance with WFBH Point of Care policies and with applicable state and federal regulations.
- Documents any medication and treatment rendered in the Electronic Medical Record.
- Provides and documents patient re-assessment in the Electronic Medical Record in accordance with hospital policy and procedure.
- Demonstrates high-level teamwork with other members of the Emergency Department Care team.
- Supports an environment of evidence-based practice/research/quality improvement initiatives
- Demonstrates the organization's patient promise at all times
- Facilitates Optimal Patient flow through the Emergency Department and ensures the safety and security of all patients.
Ability to provide direct and indirect patient care
Strong oral and written communication skills
Ability to work collaboratively
Ability to evaluate and appropriately respond to verbal and nonverbal communication from patients in diverse stages of development, i.e. Neonates, pediatrics, adolescents, adults and geriatrics.
Builds/establishes rapport with Hospital personnel, providers, patients, and visitors
Ability to push stretchers, wheelchairs, carts, and equipment
Communicates clearly, concisely and professionally via telephone and other automation devices
Lifts and positions patients of all weights and heights using assistive devices and/or personnel as appropriate
Computer skills for electronic documentation of all patient care provided
Performs duties in accordance with applicable state and federal laws, local ordinances, established policies, procedure and protocols
Handles emergency or crisis situations
Subject to highly stressful and crowded conditions
Moderate noise environment
Subject to many interruptions
Handles absentee replacement on short notice
Required to wear PPE
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:0% 35% 65% to to to 35% 65% 100% N/A Activity X Standing X Walking X Sitting X Bending X Reaching with arms X Finger and hand dexterity X Talking X Hearing X Seeing Lifting, carrying, pushing and or pulling: X 20 lbs. maximum X 50 lbs. maximum X 100 lbs. maximum
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