Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, located on Florida's Emerald Coast, seeks a Paramedic to join our Team!
The Emerald Coast features world famous vacation destinations of Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island and is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is one of the nation's top performers on quality measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. The hospital has the tri-county's only comprehensive cardiovascular program. It is also the only acute care hospital in the area that offers open heart surgery, an Advanced Primary Stroke Center accredited by the Joint Commission, a Chest Pain Center and a Cancer Care Center that is affiliated with UAB and accredited by the Commission on Cancer.
The Paramedic under the direction of the Medical Director and Emergency Services Director is responsible for implementing technical procedures and care on all Emergency Department patients safely and effectively. The quality of care and service given will adhere to the philosophy and objectives of the hospital and the department of nursing and will maintain and support the standards of nursing care and practice in order to meet the health care needs of patients, and their families. The Paramedic works responsibly with the RN and LPN in planning, and performing nursing care for patient(s) in accordance with the Florida State 10-D-66, physician's orders, recognized nursing techniques, policies, procedures, established standards and administrative policies.
Demonstrates knowledge of the nursing process.
Participates and cooperates in the unit based Quality Improvement processes.
Supports, maintains and provides an environment which is supportive of quality patient care through effective use of resources and personnel.
Practices, develops and endorses customer service skills in relationships with internal and external customers.
Serves as the patient and family advocate with respect to the patients right to privacy by protecting confidential information.
In conjunction with the RN and/or Nursing Supervisor, plans and implements patient care and teaching based on a total assessment and the age of the patient.
Plans and implements patient care and teaching based on a total assessment and the age of the patient.
Evaluates and documents patient response; monitors and recognizes changes in physiological and psychosocial status; takes appropriate action based on assessment of the patient.
Actively seeks ways to control costs without compromising patient safety, qualify of care or the services delivered.
Demonstrates knowledge of the occurrence reporting system. Uses system to report potential patient safety issues.
Follows established guidelines for reporting a significant medical error or unanticipated outcome in the patient's care which results in patient harm.
Attends in-service presentations and completes all mandatory education requirements.
Uses Performance Improvement Plan to improve patient safety.
Regular, punctual and dependable attendance.
Maintain clear communication with attending physician and licensed nurse assigned to patient about all patient care issues.
Assist licensed nurse by communicating any information collected during their interaction with the patient or family. Receive patients from EMS personnel.
Monitor patients for arrhythmias, document EKG strips, and report findings to licensed nurse assigned to patient.
Measure and record patient's input and output.
Administer medication from paramedic medication list, properly documenting the medication and effects, and clearly communicating with the physician and other members of the health care team assigned to the patient.
As appropriate, keep patients informed of their treatment plan.
Hang crystalloid IV fluids at prescribed rate, as ordered by attending physician.
Chart on patient's record as needed.
Transport monitored and non-monitored patients to inpatient units and diagnostic areas.
Tag and report broken equipment according to department policy.
Assist physicians with central line insertions, lumbar punctures, defibrillation, cardioversion, chest tube insertion, thoracentesis, arterial lines, and suturing.
Answer EMS radios and phones (Only physicians can give orders to EMS crews.)
Maintains proficiency with basic arrhythmias as per AHA standard guidelines.
Other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION REQUIRED AND/OR PREFERRED:
EXPERIENCE REQUIRED OR PREFERRED:
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES:
Reads and writes Basic English with the basic skills necessary to transcribe physician's orders
Knowledge of body substance isolation
Ability to listen, empathize and respond to patient, family, internal and external partners needs
Basic computer skills