JOB DESCRIPTION: Assists the gastroenterologist with procedures such as gastroscopy, dilatation, colonoscopy, electrocoaugtery, flexible protoscopy, anoscopy, peritoneoscopy, liver biopsy, sclerosis, motility, secretin studies, gastric analysis, small bowel endoscopy, transesophageal cardiography, or other procedures. Assists the gastroenterologist with specimen collection for biopsy, cytology, fecal, viral cultures, duedenal aspirate, and others. May start/discontinue IV fluids, administer enemas, operate EKG and other monitoring equipment, pass N-G tubes, begin and assist in CPR, administer oxygen, monitor vital signs during endoscopy or recovery room procedures and notify the physician of any abnormalities or significant changes. Teaches patients about procedure to be performed using verbal explanations, pamphlets and relevant audiovisual aids. Requests physician or nurse to address and answer patients' questions before and after procedure is completed. Verifies that a properly signed consent form is obtained prior to any procedure. Instructs transporters to pick-up and discharge patients from nursing units or other hospital departments and/or GID Lab. May be required to transport both in-patients and outpatients to and from GID Lab by wheelchair or stretcher. Performs techniques using specialized equipment such as endoscopes, light sources, and GID accessory equipment, cautery and photocoagulation, monitoring equipment, peritoneoscopy equipment, motility machines, or other related equipment. Keeps procedure rooms stocked with supplies and equipment and maintains work areas to keep them clean and dust free. Keeps accurate and complete records of procedure charges, data sheets, specimen/laboratory slips, medicines given, adverse reactions, equipment sent for repair, and other required documentation. Performs other related duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: One year of experience as a Gastrointestinal Laboratory Technician OR current licensure as a Practical Nurse (LPN) OR four years of Gastrointestinal Laboratory Instrument Technician experience OR three years of Nursing Technician II experience.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Medium): 20-50 lbs; 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 11-25 lbs, 34-66% of the workday (frequently); 01-10 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 50 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 25 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking, Occasional sitting, Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing), Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors Communicable diseases Electrical shock, Floor Surfaces, Hot/Cold Temperatures, Indoor/Outdoor conditions, Latex, Lighting, Patient care/handling injuries, Radiation, Shift work, Travel may be required. Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators, environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.