Maternal/Child Health Technician
- Job Title
- Maternal/Child Health Technician
- Job ID
- Washington, DC
- Other Location
Culture of Care Statement: In an effort to improve patient safety, Howard University Hospital (HUH) supports a Just Culture. This atmosphere of accountability promotes the identification of human error (mistake), at-risk behavior (behavioral choice that increases risk) and reckless behavior (disregard for risk). The goal is to maintain a culture for learning, safe systems and well managed behavioral choices.
PURPOSE OF JOB:
This position assists patients with newborns with activities of daily living, provide basic nursing care to non-acutely ill patients, and provide support in the LDR, Operating Rooms of Labor and Delivery, Postpartum, Transitional Nursery, NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) and assist in the maintenance of a safe and clean environment.
Assists during the following obstetrical surgical procedures: cesarean section, Dilation & Curettage (D&C), tubal ligation, and cerclage placement and removal
Under the direction of the RN, performs the following nursing care activities according to established guidelines: surgical preparations;
Assisting patients to the bathroom and/or out of bed; Foley catheter insertion or discontinuation, measuring and recording of intake and output and vital signs (temperature, pulse, respirations, weight, height, blood pressure, pain) in a timely manner in the electronic medical record (EMR) and communicates findings as appropriate to RN
Applying non-sterile dressings; obtaining specimens; blood draws, finger sticks, inserts intravenous lines/saline locks, performs PKU’s, CCHD (critical congenital heart disease) and hearing screenings, ambulating, turning, positioning and transporting patients; providing mouth care and exercise to patients
Records observations of patient’s condition, the care provided and the patient’s responses. Reports to the Team Leader or Charge Nurse all observed changes and/or abnormalities in the condition of patients to whom assigned
Practice appropriate infection control procedures, and maintains a safe, clean, comfortable aseptic environment; includes cleaning equipment (including isolettes, bassinets, and warmers) used in patient care, stocking rooms and supply carts /cabinets, checking for and removing expired supplies. Performs personal hygiene activities for the patients to include peri-care, grooming, bed making, cleaning and tidying bedside stand and over-bed table
Collects specimens, including venipuncture, properly labels all specimens and assists nursing staff with proper requisitioning
Feeds patients including transitional and normal newborn babies (excluding special feeding situation); serves meals, snacks, fresh ice and water
Assists in the admission and discharge of patients, including but not limited to: patient orientation to the room and the unit; preparation of units, patient rooms and beds; processing patient valuables; stocking the patient’s room.
Responds to the patient’s requests (including call bells) and directs as necessary to the nurse
Performs a variety of transport/delivery activities related to the care of patients when such service is not available
Transports patient care equipment from one area to another, including assisting with the placement and assembling of such equipment.
Checks unit equipment and reports malfunctioning and assists in maintaining adequate levels of supplies/equipment. Collaborates with the Unit Secretary to ensure ordering of materials and supplies.
Prepares patients, supplies and equipment for labor and delivery surgical cases and procedures (i.e. circumcisions) on postpartum, neonatal ICU and nursery in a timely manner. Transport and collect instruments from sterile processing, cleans and packages instruments, and resets rooms after use, ensuring sterility and availability of instruments and packages
Controls traffic flow in labor and delivery sterile areas and observes persons entering labor and delivery surgical area for proper attire.
Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area. The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
Knowledge of a proficiency in providing direct patient care
Ability to use patient care equipment safely and effectively; for example, pulse oximeter, dinamapp, sequential compression device, glucose monitor, hearing screening machines etc.
Ability to document direct patient care on appropriate forms
Ability to maintain confidentiality relating to client issues
Strong customer service skills on the telephone and face-to-face contact
Basic knowledge of fundamentals of anatomy, sterilization procedures, aseptic techniques, medical terminology and care of instruments in the obstetrical service
Knowledge of obstetrics instruments and surgical supplies
Ability to adhere to strict policies and procedure involving safety hazards and the handling of materials according to Hospital’s policies and procedures
Exceptional customer service skills essential
Competence in Baby Friendly USA practices and demonstrate the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively implement the care practices included in the infant feeding policy
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Internet Explorer)
Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public
High school degree or GED diploma is required
Successful completion of a hospital- or school-based training program for Operating Room Technician (ORT) or Labor and Delivery Scrub Technician
Completion of an approved phlebotomy course preferred
2+ years of experience as Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant and/or Scrub Technician experience in an acute care patient setting
Current certification as CNA, EMT or PCT in the District of Columbia, or a Nursing Student (RN Program) with completion of at least one year of clinical rotation
Current Basic Life Support certification required
Must be able to stand, walk, sit, manually lift up to 35lbs and transfer/lift using the appropriate device to accomplish the patient care task, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, bend, pull, push, reach, handle, write, type, file, speak, hear, see, (depth perception, color vision), calculate, edit, evaluate, interpret, and organize for extended periods of time.
- Required Skills
High school degree or GED diploma is required. Successful completion of a hospital- or school-based training program for Operating Room Technician (ORT) or Labor and Delivery Scrub Technician.
Completion of an approved phlebotomy course preferred.
2+ years of experience as Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant and/or Scrub Technician experience in an acute care patient setting.
Current certification as CNA, EMT or PCT in the District of Columbia, or a Nursing Student (RN Program) with completion of at least one year of clinical rotation.
Current Basic Life Support certification required.