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Company: VUMC
Location: Nashville, TN
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Biotech


Housekeeping & Patient Transporter 

 Adult Emergency Room (Night Shift)

Requisition 2007582


Discover Vanderbilt University Medical Center:

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is a comprehensive health care facility dedicated to patient care, research, and biomedical education.  The mission of VUMC is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.


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Department/Unit Summary

The Adult Emergency Room is the Level 1 Trauma Center for Middle Tennessee with 88 treatment areas including four trauma bays. We are one of the busiest emergency rooms in the country and see 69,000 patients annually. We have the ability to quickly diagnose through our use of two CT scanners and an x-ray machine for the Adult ER. We are a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Accredited Chest Pain Center, and the Designated Level 1 Burn Center for the region.


Your Role

Employees working in the clinical technician positions will split the time between these duties:
  • 50% of their time cleaning emergency room treatment areas and all other areas of the ER plus getting the rooms set up for next patient
  • 50% transporting patients to radiology and other diagnostic testing areas from the emergency room.
No medical experience or certification is required. Cleaning experience typically required.
Learn More about the Adult Emergency Department
Position Qualifications


  • High School Graduate or GED.
  • Prior cleaning experience highly preferred.

Position Shift:

  • Typically 36-hours per week, 12 hour shifts - 7PM to 7AM for nights.
  • Must work two weekend shifts (Saturday and Sunday night) every other weekend. Holidays rotate in much the same way.
A formal job description is below:
Assists the patient care manager with the coordination of the daily patient schedule in conjunction with the Clinical Staff Leader, physician, and staff nurse with regular guidance. Ensures instrumentation and supplies are verified according to preference cards and added to case cart prior to entry into the room. Ensures the appropriate specialty equipment is available and placed in each room. Delivers sterile supplies and equipment to the Operating Room.

  • Responds to emergency calls or requests for cleaning services.
  • Assists in preparing the room for procedures to meet special equipment needs.
  • Performs instrument sterilization for specialized instrument; turnovers utilizing principles of outlined by AAMI standards.
  • The responsibilities listed are a general overview of the position and additional duties may be assigned.


STERILIZATION PREPARATION (FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS):- Has limited experience, training, direct exposure, or past experience working with sterilization preparation.

SURGICAL EQUIPMENT KNOWLEDGE (NOVICE):- Knowledge of the specific equipment and its performance criteria, capabilities and limitations. Able to use the equipment to accomplish basic tasks associated with the specific devices. May conduct remedial maintenance and preventive maintenance.

CUSTOMER SERVICE - (FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS):- Demonstrates an awareness of the need for good customer relations. Asks questions to identify customer's needs or expectations. Understands the need to provide ongoing dialogue with and service support to the organization's customers. Understands the distinction between direct customer and ultimate consumer. Demonstrates an orientation and sensitivity to customer service. Prohibits personal emotions from interfering and influencing customer responses.

  • Organizational Impact: Performs clearly defined tasks and methods described in detail to achieve standardized solutions that impact own performance with regular guidance.
  • Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Follows a well established process to solve routine problems where solutions are clearly prescribed.
  • Breadth of Knowledge: Has basic job knowledge of systems and procedures that are common to own job.
  • Team Interaction: Individually contributes to the team.



  • Develops Self and Others: Continuously improves own skills by identifying development opportunities.
  • Builds and Maintains Relationships: Seeks to understand colleagues priorities, working styles and develops relationships across areas.
  • Communicates Effectively: Openly shares information with others and communicates in a clear and courteous manner.


  • Serves Others with Compassion: Invests time to understand the problems, needs of others and how to provide excellent service.
  • Solves Complex Problems: Seeks to understand issues, solves routine problems, and raises proper concerns to supervisors in a timely manner.
  • Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Listens carefully to understand the issues and provides accurate information and support.


  • Performs Excellent Work: Checks work quality before delivery and asks relevant questions to meet quality standards Ensures continuous improvement.
  • Ensures Continuous Improvement: Shows eagerness to learn new knowledge, technologies, tools or systems and displays willingness to go above and beyond.
  • Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Demonstrates basic knowledge of conditions that affect safety and reports unsafe conditions to the appropriate person or department.


  • Demonstrates Accountability: Takes responsibility for completing assigned activities and thinks beyond standard approaches to provide high-quality work/service.
  • Stewards Organizational Resources: Displays understanding of how personal actions will impact departmental resources.
  • Makes Data Driven Decisions: Uses accurate information and good decision making to consistently achieve results on time and without error.


  • Generates New Ideas: Willingly proposes/accepts ideas or initiatives that will impact day-to-day operations by offering suggestions to enhance them.
  • Applies Technology: Absorbs new technology quickly; understands when to utilize the appropriate tools and procedures to ensure proper course of action.
  • Adapts to Change: Embraces change by keeping an open mind to changing plans and incorporates change instructions into own area of work.


    Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:

    • Heavy Work category requiring exertion of 50 to 100 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 20 to 50 lbs. of force frequently and/or up to 10 to 20 lbs. of force continually to move objects.


    • Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position
    • Occasional: Lifting over 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects from one level to another, includes upward pulling over 35 lbs, with help of coworkers or assistive device
    • Occasional: Climbing: Ascending or descending stairs/ramps using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.
    • Occasional: Kneeling:Bending legs at knees to come to rest on knee or knees.
    • Occasional: Crouching/Squatting: Bending body downward and forward by bending legs and spine.Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.
    • Occasional: Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.
    • Occasional: Fingering: Picking, pinching, gripping, working primarily with fingers requiring fine manipulation.
    • Frequent: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.
    • Frequent: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another
    • Frequent: Carrying under 35 lbs: Transporting an object holding in hands, arms or shoulders, with help of coworkers or assistive device.
    • Frequent: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.
    • Frequent: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles
    • Frequent: Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching or maneuvering self, patient and equipment simultaneously while working in large and small spaces
    • Frequent: Bimanual Dexterity: Requiring the use of both hands.
    • Continuous: Walking: Moving about on foot.
    • Continuous: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.
    • Continuous: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.


    • Frequent: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.
    • Continuous: Auditory: Perceiving the variances of sounds, tones and pitches and able to focus on single source of auditory information
    • Continuous: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.
    • Continuous: Smell: Ability to detect and identify odors.

    Environmental Conditions

    • Occasional: Chemicals and Gasses: Medications, cleaning chemicals, oxygen, other medical gases used in work area.
    • Occasional: Pathogens: Risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other contagious illnesses.

VUMC Recent Accomplishments Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
    • US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology (Bill Wilkerson Center), 9 adult and 9 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training
    • Truven Health Analytics: among the top 100 hospitals in the US
    • Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"
    • The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score
    • National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science: 12 faculty members elected fellows in 2014
    • Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Tennessee
    • Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer
    • American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US

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