University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Mechanic/Technician
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Posted on May 8, 2020
Req #: 175628
Job Location: Harborview Medical Center
Posting Date: 01/29/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: 90% of $2,926 - $4,190 per month 
Union Position: Yes
Shift: Alternate Work Shift 

As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Harborview Medical Center has an outstanding opportunity available for a part-time (90% FTE|36 hr/wk), alternative shift, CARDIAC MONITOR TECHNICIAN. Under general supervision, the Cardiac Monitoring Technician assists the nursing staff through the surveillance of monitors and the performance of clerical duties. Duties include: analysis/documentation of cardiac rhythms, constant surveillance and hourly documentation of rhythms, and efficient and respectful communication with team members.

  • Assists the nursing staff with surveillance of cardiac monitors including identification and communication of dysrhythmias
  • Assists with the clerical and support activities for patient care on the nursing unit
  • Receives visitors to the unit and facilitates contact between the patient/family and appropriate discipline
  • Participates in unit and selected departmental activities to promote effective problem solving and communication
  • Participates in the development of monitor surveillance programs/systems
  • Provides surveillance of monitors informs the nursing staff of cardiac rhythm changes and/or abnormal cardiac rhythms
  • Assures ongoing monitor surveillance when away from monitors; informs charge nurse
  • Posts a 6-second cardiac rhythm strip on each telemetry patient according to practice standards including when ever there are rhythm changes and/or abnormal rhythms
  • Identifies each cardiac rhythm strip with patient name, patient room number and monitoring lead
  • Analyzes each cardiac rhythm strip for heart rate, measures designated intervals, compares each cardiac rhythm strip to those previously documented
  • Records cardiac rhythms during an emergent patient event and when otherwise instructed to do so by the nursing staff
  • Notifies nursing staff when there is excessive artifact, when lead wires are off, or when low battery is indicated and assures that lead wires are reattached or battery replaced
  • Troubleshoots technical/equipment problems with the monitors and reports them to clinical engineering
  • Assists RN in maintaining monitoring equipment by replacing recording paper, faulty lead wires and low batteries on telemetry transmitters
  • Assures that alarms are suspended when patient is removed from monitor and unsuspended when patient returns to monitors
  • Proactively maintains telemetry equipment

  • This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

    High school diploma or GED and completion of a course in cardiac dysrhythmia recognition and interpretation
    one year experience in monitor surveillance in a coronary care/telemetry unit.

    One year of clerical experience in a healthcare setting

    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or