Anesthesia Technician I (Days)

Location
Washington, District of Columbia-Washington
Posted
Feb 12, 2021
Closes
Feb 24, 2021
Ref
210000E4
Function
Nurse
Industry
Healthcare
Hours
Full Time
The Anesthesia Tech I position is an entry level position designed to provide a comprehensive blended education to individuals with healthcare experience who do not have anesthesia technician experience. The Anesthesia Technician assists the anesthesia provider in the delivery of patient care to pediatric surgical patients in a safe and organized manner. The Anesthesia Technician prepares equipment and work areas in all anesthetizing locations throughout the hospital for procedures requiring anesthesia. The Technician must be able to set-up, operate, and maintain monitoring and anesthesia equipment to support complex cases including but not limited to cardiac and trauma. This position will be responsible to maintain supplies and equipment in all anesthetizing locations. The Technician is responsible for stocking anesthesia supplies in carts at the point of care.
The position description incorporates the core responsibilities of the job. It is recognized that other related duties not specifically mentioned might also be performed, and that not all responsibilities may be carried out depending on operational needs. As a member of the Perioperative Surgical Team and under the supervision and direction of a registered nurse and/or an anesthesiologist the Technician is expected to support the Anesthesiologist, Anesthesia Assistants and Anesthesia trainees in delivery of care to the patient to in various locations where anesthesia is provided.. In addition, may provide patient transport and environmental service support as needed.

Qualifications

Minimum Education
High School Diploma or GED
Vocational Education

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Completion of the CNH Anesthesia Technician curriculum, didactic and clinical orientation, within 6 months of hire. The first 90 days are allocated for didactic portion of the curriculum. Completion of an equivalent anesthesia training program may be considered in place of CNH curriculum. (Required)

Minimum Work Experience
2 years

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Perioperative Services Assistant position or other support position in Perioperative Services (Required)

Required Skills/Knowledge
Human relation and interpersonal skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Must be able to speak, read, write, and understand the primary language used in the workplace.
Collaborate with the Anesthesia team in developing a plan of care for each patient
Assist in the set-up of anesthesia equipment and supplies. Assures all equipment is functioning before use
Understands the importance of verification of exposure to sterilization process, checking the integrity of sterile packaging and opening of appropriate supplies
Uses supplies in cost effective manner to avoid waste

Functional Accountabilities

Demonstrates foundational knowledge and completes anesthesia training curriculum
1. Completes anesthesia technician training curriculum within 6 months from date of hire
2. Completes didactic portion of the curriculum within the allotted timeframe (within 90 days) and achieves a minimum test score of 80% on each test. The didactic education includes the following modules:

1. General Anesthesia 6.04
2. Airway 6.20.06
3.a. Aestiva machine
3.b. Drager MACHINE DIAGRAM
4. Intraop complications
5. IV therapy
6.a. Cardiac Divider
6.b. Intro Cardiac Anesthesia
7. Regional Anesthesia 6.04
8. Basic Pharmacy for Anesthesia
9. PATIENT-POSITIONING-2
3. Complete hands-on skill portion with satisfactory return demonstration.
4. Complete above curriculum and clinical orientation within 6 months from date of hire.
6. Able to demonstrate effective and successful contributions to team and/or cross-functional team objectives
7. Contributes fully to an effective team environment; demonstrates willingness to work cooperatively with others to achieve shared goals

Demonstrate the Competency as an Anesthesia Technician
1. Maintains and organizes the anesthesia environment and supplies to facilitate departmental fucntion
2. Prepares operating room and off-site locations for indicated procedures to include setting-up, calibrating, and ensuring integrity of monitoring devices and setting up airway equipment and IV fluids.
3. Consults operating room schedule and anesthesia team to determine equipment needs for all procedures. Able to troubleshoot as needed.
4. Assemble, clean and stock anesthesia equipment in assigned anesthetizing locations before and after the operative or diagnostic procedure; able to troubleshoot the anesthesia machine and equipment; set up cardiac and physiologic monitors such as calibrating arterial lines.
5. Assist the anesthesiologist in establishing, monitoring, intubation, extubation, and arterial cannulation; assist the anesthesiologist by setting up Hotlines, humidified circuits; understand the concepts of Difficult Airway Management.
6. Demonstrate the principles of aseptic technique as defined by AORN and Joint Commission for all anesthesia and surgical supplies and equipment
7. Cleans anesthesia machines, cables, carts, blood warmers, heating blankets, and units, IV poles, etc. Consults with biomed as needed
8. Demonstrates good problem solving techniques related to supplies, instruments, equipment etc. in a timely organized manner
9. Maintains the cleanliness and organization of the anesthesia workroom, and all anesthesia work stations on a daily basis. Maintains supply stock in workrooms and all anesthesia work stations.
1. Ensures operating rooms and work rooms have appropriate stock of disposable and durable medical equipment
1. Ensures proper functioning and integrity of anesthesia equipment
1. Oversee the cleanliness of the anesthesia work space and ensure the standards of infection control are met
1. Review designated induction room/operating room equipment on a daily basis to ensure function and availability, include stretchers, oxygen tanks, oxygen gauges, and anesthesia monitors, suction devices.
1. Clean / HLD laryngoscope handles, blades, LMA and return them to their proper location
1. Document and seek repair of malfunctioning anesthesia related equipment

Demonstrates knowledge of risk and safety issues and uses measures to ensure optimal outcomes
1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
2. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
3. Clean and sterilize largynscope handles, blades, LMA and return them to their proper location.
4. Handle all sharps in a safe and protective manner in consideration of self and others
5. Apply the correct technique of disinfection and follow manufacturer protocols
6. Perform all activities following OSHA guideline and practices; observes aseptic principles
7. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making
8. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
9. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance
1. Check expiration dates of medication placed in the medication refrigerator, mediprep station, medication cabinet. Returns expired medication to the pharmacy
1. Assist in between case preparation include sending case carts to SPD, place trash in appropriate containers and location.
1. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
1. Maintain adequate and up-to-date drug inventory daily and discards out -of-date drug inventory daily; replenish anesthesia drug supplies daily
1. Document and seek repair of malfunctioning anesthesia related equipment

Demonstrates actions that show accountability and professional judgement
1. Arrives to the unit on time
2. Handles difficult situations appropriately
3. Utilizes down time constructively
4. Complies with departmental policies and procedures
5. Able to identify own learning needs. Seeks out opportunities to meeting needs and attends all required meetings/in-services/programs
6. Consistently participates in staff meetings and in-services to improve skills
7. Completes, documents, and reports all mandatory education and training
8. Demonstrate accurate, clear, and timely verbal and written communication
9. Seek assistance from charge nurse or care team member when confronted with an unfamiliar situation or problem.

Organizational Accountabilities
Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)
Organizational Commitment/Identification
1. Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
Teamwork/Communication 1. Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
2. Partner with all team members to achieve goals
3. Receptive to others' ideas and opinions
Performance Improvement/Problem-solving 1. Contribute to a positive work environment
2. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
3. Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
4. Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility 1. Use resources efficiently
2. Search for less costly ways of doing things
Safety 1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

Childrens National Hospital is an equal opportunity employer that evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, identity, or other characteristics protected by law.

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