DIALYSIS / PHERESIS TECHNICIAN (PART-TIME, NIGHT SHIFTS)

University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Mechanic/Technician
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Posted on May 12, 2020
Req #: 179239
Department: UW MEDICAL CENTER KIDNEY DIALYSIS
Posting Date: 05/20/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: 80% of $3,907.00 to $5,594.00 per month 
Union Position: Yes
Shift: Night Shift 

Join our award-winning team at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). Among the top medical centers in the United States, and ranked as the number 1 hospital in Washington State, as rated by U.S. News & World Report 2018-2019 "America's Best Hospitals", UWMC prides itself on compassionate patient care as well as its pioneering medical advances. UWMC is operated by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine.

The University of Washington 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. 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.

The UWMC Kidney Dialysis department has an outstanding opportunity for a PART-TIME DIALYSIS/PHERESIS TECHNICIAN (80%, Night Shifts). The Dialysis/Pheresis Technician prepares, assembles, operates, and monitors equipment used for dialysis and pheresis treatments; prepares dialysis solutions and concentrates; and participates in quality control on dialysis equipment.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Provide front-line Dialysis and Pheresis services:
• Assemble, prepare, prime, and preset dialysis and pheresis equipment and materials in the dialysis lab and at patient bedside according to nephrology orders
• Maintain current knowledge of operation procedures and maintenance of new equipment
• Coordinate with Nursing Staff to determine prioritization and timeliness of procedures
• Reprocess and disinfect hemodialysis equipment per policy and procedure
• Aseptically dispense dialysis solution to include calculating, measuring pre-weight of dry chemicals, and verifying through chemical analysis for accuracy
• Make changes in dialysis composition by compounding any additions such as potassium, calcium, urea, and magnesium
• Prepare and mix bicarbonate solution for patient use
• In coordination with RN, perform bedside plasmapheresis treatment; observe patient’s tolerance to plasmapheresis and report changes to physician and/or RN; make equipment adjustments to avoid adverse patient effect; adjust apparatus parameters based on patient data and conditions, control speeds for blood products collection and safe return of patient blood; administer coagulant or other additives
• Participate in on-call coverage rotation for urgent dialysis set-ups outside laboratory business hours
• Perform related duties as required

Staff Development:
• Participate in orientation of Dialysis Pheresis Technician Trainees and other medical staff

Fiscal Responsibility:
• Demonstrate fiscal responsibility by assuring cost-effective delivery of quality patient care
• Maintain inventory of supplies

Quality and Safety:
• Participate in Quality Control and maintenance of dialysis equipment to meet manufacture, departmental, and regulatory standards. Record all maintenance, operational functions, cleaning, and cultures
• Provide for a safe environment by wearing personal protective equipment while disinfecting equipment or when pouring any chemical solutions
• Maintain a clean and orderly working environment
• Respond accordingly to all emergency and routine troubleshooting calls from nursing personnel
• Recognize and respond to acute and emergency situations (cardiac/respiratory arrest, power failure, bomb threat, fire, disaster)
  REQUIREMENTS: An Associate's Degree with emphasis in chemistry, biology, or medical sciences AND two years of experience in a medical laboratory to include one year in a dialysis/pheresis laboratory at the level of Dialysis/Pheresis Technician Trainee OR equivalent education/experience.   

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.

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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 dso@uw.edu.