Maternal & Child Health Technician
- Job Title
- Maternal & Child Health Technician
- Job ID
- Washington, DC 20060
- Other Location
With over 150 years of caring for our community and each other in the Washington DC area, Howard University Hospital has a world-renowned reputation for high-quality, patient-centric care. Howard University Hospital is the nation’s only teaching hospital located on the campus of a Historically Black University and has created a superior learning environment, with groundbreaking research and positive patient outcomes.
Howard University Hospital seeks to hire a Maternal & Child Health Tech for Postpartum who will embrace our reach and historic tradition of excellence. If you want to make a difference in someone’s life every day, consider a position with a team of professionals who are doing just that, making a difference.
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.
This position will not have any direct reports.
NATURE AND SCOPE:
Provides and assures patient centered, cost efficient, safe, culturally competent, and linguistically sensitive and quality care by adhering to evidence based practice.
· Professionally and courteously interact with staff, patients and their families, physicians, other healthcare providers and Hospital & University officials.
· Functions under the clinical direction of a Registered Nurse and receives daily assignments from the Nurse Coordinator/Charge Nurse or designee.
· 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.
· 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.
· Performs personal hygiene activities for the patients to include peri-care, grooming, bed making, cleaning and tidying bedside stand and over-bed table.
· 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.
· Feeds patients including transitional and normal newborn babies (excluding special feeding situation); serves meals, snacks, fresh ice and water.
· Performs clerical duties in the absence of the Unit Secretary.
· 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.
· 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.
· Checks unit equipment and reports malfunctioning and assists in maintaining adequate levels of supplies/equipment.
· Assists during the following obstetrical surgical procedures: cesarean section, Dilation & Curettage (D&C), tubal ligation, and cerclage placement and removal,
· 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.
· Performs duties such as: procuring supplies, opening packs, donning gowns, and labeling specimens to be taken to the laboratory while maintaining aseptic techniques.
· 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.
· Collaborates with the Unit Secretary to ensure appropriate recording of labor statistics and ordering of materials and supplies.
· Reports incidents and/or injuries to the nurse in charge.
· Attends all identified classes and in-services required to maintain skills to perform job functions.
· 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.
· Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics, the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
· Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training.
· Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.
· Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities.
· Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.
· The employee must demonstrate collaboration, accountability, respect, excellence, and service.
· The employee must work with team members and peers in and outside of their immediate work group to create an exceptional experience for patients, students and other visitors.
· The employee must accept responsibility for their actions to provide health care and/or ancillary functions in a highly efficient and compassionate manner. The employee must function as a Steward (Have Ownership) of the Howard University Hospital values that foster a commitment to improving the patient and student experience, organizational efficiency and the environment.
· The employee must embrace diversity and care holistically for those Howard University Hospital serves. They must treat all as they would like to be treated. They must manage the patient’s right to privacy and keep any proprietary information about the institution confidential.
· The employee must anticipates the needs of the patient and/or student. They must present themselves as a model representative of the institution and maintains high standards of care while striving to improve performance and create exceptional experiences for our patrons.
· The employee must behave in a friendly, resourceful and professional manner towards all individuals they encounter.
· 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.
· Basic knowledge of fundamentals of anatomy, sterilization procedures, aseptic techniques, medical terminology and care of instruments in the obstetrical service.
· Maintain 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.
· Competence in both oral and written English.
· Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.
· High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
· 2+ years of experience as Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant and/or Scrub Technician experience in an acute care patient setting.
· Successful completion of a hospital- or school-based training program for Operating Room Technician (ORT) or Labor and Delivery Scrub Technician.
· Current American Heart Association BLS certificate
At Howard University Hospital our job is to care for you. We do this by offering:
- Work life balance
- Recognition and rewards for professional expertise
- Competitive, comprehensive benefit plans offered (including health, disability, vacation and sick leave and 403B retirement plan)
- 100% free tuition to attend Howard University for you and/or your dependent children
Howard University Hospital requires all external applicants to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before commencing employment. External Applicants may be required to furnish proof of vaccination and, if offered, may elect to be vaccinated at a designated Howard University Hospital location.
- Required Skills
• High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
• 2+ years of experience as Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant and/or Scrub Technician experience in an acute care patient setting.
• Successful completion of a hospital- or school-based training program for Operating Room Technician (ORT) or Labor and Delivery Scrub Technician.
• Current American Heart Association BLS certificate