When it comes to treating a heart attack, every minute counts. At North Suburban Medical Center, we get our patients lifesaving procedures quickly. The national standard set by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association is 90 minutes, beginning when the patient enters the emergency room. With our Cardiac Alert program, we are able to consistently meet or exceed the national standards. Position Summary:
Assists the Physician in performing diagnostic and interventional cardiovascular procedures. Works independently within our cardiovascular team philosophy and communicates knowledgeably, timely, and professionally with patients (and patient families), co-workers, healthcare colleagues, and physicians. Able to work in and display critical thinking abilities in stressful situations. Available to fulfill the department requirements of being on-call for after hours emergency procedures and be with in the required thirty minute response time. Is physically able to meet the job requirements:
- Perform effective CPR.
- Physically move procedural equipment.
- Patient transport in a cart / bed.
- Assist in bed to bed patient transfer.
- Able to stand for prolonged periods of time during a procedure wearing a leaded apron and vest.
- Able to see and manipulate interventional equipment in dimly lit procedural suite.
Has patient assessment knowledge and ability. Is a department resource for co-workers in cardiovascular procedures and equipment use. Conducts individualized orientation for new employees to ensure a smooth transition to the Cath Lab team. Responsible for professional development, teamwork, and quality of care through observation, in-services, verbal critique, coaching. Facilitates outreach educational opportunities outside the CV department i.e. other healthcare institutions, patient care units, and the community. Works with CV services manager in evaluating and developing action plans that aids in meeting the clinical needs of the department.Qualifications: Licensure/Certification/ Registration:
Current registration as Registered Radiology Technologist (RTR), or current certification as Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS); current BCLS certification, current ACLS certification. Education:
Graduate of an Accredited School of Nursing, accredited RTR and/or RCIS training program. Experience:
2 years experience in interventional radiology procedures (RTR) preferred. 2 years experience in cardiovascular lab setting preferred (RCIS). Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:
Degree of Supervision Required:
- Available to fulfill the department requirements of being on-call for after hours emergency procedures and be with in the required thirty minute response time.
- Provides safe and appropriate patient care within the Standards of Nursing Practice at NSMC.
- Displays appropriate judgment and problem solving skills.
- Communicates positively and professionally with all internal and external customers.
- Has patient assessment knowledge and ability.
During orientation periods the new employee will be under the direct supervision of a designated preceptor. Once off orientation it is expected that the employee works independently within our cardiovascular team philosophy. Orientation Period :
3 to 6 months depending on experience. Continuous evaluations will be done to determine employees' competence.