Paramedic

Mercy Medical Center

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This position supports Mercy's philosophy of patient centered care through participation in the interdisciplinary team. The Paramedic performs designated procedures under the supervision of a Registered Nurse as well as responding to ever-changing and emergent situations within the unit.

Job Duties

  • Functions under the general supervision/direction of a supervising RN/Physician and is responsible for facilitating the provision of patient care which is goal directed.
  • Performs accurate measurement of patient statistics to include vitals, height and weight.
  • Manages room turnover and patient flow.
  • Collects health history and medication list.
  • Escribe orders.
  • Prepares patient for physician exam.
  • Instructs patients as directed by the RN or physician.
  • Administers oral, IV, SubQ and IM medications.
  • Demonstrates basic knowledge of medication purpose, side effects and administration procedure.
  • Practices standard precautions.
Department Specific Duties
  • Receives radio ambulance report if Shift Supervisor or another nurse in not available.
  • Performs IV/IO insertion on adult and pediatric patients and may obtain ordered lab tests.
  • Responds to in-house and outpatient codes with another nurse.
  • Performs primary triage of call back and ambulances.
  • Covers for the primary RN during breaks, however, not to begin new patients.
  • Tasks such as these may be completed under the direction and discretion of the primary nurse:  Monitors cardiac activity and performs ECG per protocol; initiates/maintains CPAP; Administers (and wastes as appropriate) various intravenous medications to include narcotics for pain management and IV fluids.
  • Places NG/OG tubes and foley catheters in adult and pediatric patients once trained by MMC personnel; and performs intubation under the direct monitoring of the Provider.
  • Assists the primary RN as the second staff in Cardioversions/Sedations and in verifying medication and infusions with the primary RN to include various medications.
  • Transports patients with blood products hanging, performs eye irrigation, receives critical lab values and follows Critical Results in Test policy, and assess patient's response to interventions (ex. pain).
  • Transports patients as needed.
  • Educates and discharges patients.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Demonstrates critical thinking skills and abilities.
  • Sound background in emergency medical care.
  • Demonstrates ability to provide safe and effective patient care.
Professional Experience
  • Previous patient care/paramedic experience preferred.
Education
  • Education sufficient to obtain required licensure.     
Licensure, Certification, Registration
  • Required: Currently licensed to practice as an EMT-Paramedic in the state of Iowa.
  • Required: Current certification in Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
  • Required: Current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) in accordance with the American Heart Association.
  • Iowa Dependent Adult Abuse/Iowa Child Abuse Mandatory Reporter training required.  Employee must submit certification of completed training to Human Resources prior to start or transfer date.
  • Valid Driver's License required.
  • Must meet insurability requirements for purposes of utilizing Mercy vehicles - must be at least 18 years of age required.
  • Must provide and maintain a good driving record, documented at hire, by a copy of a Motor Vehicle Record.
  • Required:  Current certification in Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS).

Location: Mercy Medical Center - Cedar Rapids · Emergency Department
Schedule: Part Time, Variable/Rotating Shifts, Variable

Job ID: 81641

Posted 12 days ago

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