Bachelor of Science Degree from accredited college or University, with major in Exercise Science/ or similar program required
American College of Sports Medicine Certification preferred (not required)
Current BCLS certification
Current ACLS certification
Completion of approved ECG interpretation course successfully or it may be challenged to meet competency through staff development
One year of prior exercise testing experience in non-invasive cardiology type lab preferred. Will consider experience in Cardiac Rehab program administering stress testing.
Demonstrates effective verbal and written communication skills
Must be proficient in the following procedures:
Adult 12 lead EKG
Holter Monitor set up
Holter Monitor Scans (Based on need)
Treadmill Exercise Testing
Cardiolite Exercise Testing
Persantine /Cardiolite Testing
Ambulatory Blood pressure monitoring
Event recording placement
The following general clerical and basic office skills may be required within three months of hire, they include:
Computer skills are required for typing test results. Correct spelling and typing sentence structure of physician interpretation for electrocardiograms and all Cardiac Diagnostic Suite clinical duties (copying, filing, and distribution of reports).
This position reports to the lead Exercise Physiologist who receives direction from the manager. The manager is directly responsible to Practice Administrator. There is no managerial responsibility with this position. It will be necessary to supervise and teach electrocardiograms and other testing procedures to other staff, nursing students, new hires, and student interns and allied health students. Works closely with other hospital staff such as: Physicians, all Cardiovascular Service Line staff, Medical Procedure Room Nurses, Students, and Nuclear Medicine department staff.
Supports the Mission, Vision and Values of Munson Healthcare
Embraces and supports the Performance Improvement philosophy of Munson Healthcare.
Promotes personal and patient safety.
Has basic understanding of Relationship-Based Care (RBC) principles, meets expectations outlined in Commitment To My Co-workers, and supports RBC unit action plans.
Uses effective customer service/interpersonal skills at all times.
Demonstrates knowledge of indications for various types of stress tests and methods of testing.
Follows guidelines and procedures for patient assessment, preparation, ECG recordings, test performance, test endpoints and recovery monitoring. Notifies the supervising physician of any abnormal pre-test conditions, abnormalities or concerns. Prior to beginning any stress echo/dobutamine, the supervising physician will check the baseline ECG and images on stress/dob echoes for approval to begin. Show post tracings and images on stress/dob echoes to supervising physician prior to discharge with approval to discharge. See separate guidelines for terminating a stress test and contraindications to testing. No stress testing of any kind will be run in the absence of the supervising physician being in the department and available.
Effectively reports abnormal findings on any test performed to the attending physician.
Performs resting 12 lead electrocardiograms in a uniform fashion with proper electrode placement.
Will be able to administer Cardiolite stress testing with or without Physician, Nurse, Physician Assistant, Nuclear Medicine technologist or Nurse Practioner in attendance. If the supervising physician is not in attendance, they must be in a designated area and immediately. The Exercise Physiologist does not administer medication outside of oxygen and NTG with an immediate call to the supervising physician.
Performs ambulatory electrocardiograms and patient hook-ups according to department protocol.
Applies Event recorders according to policy and procedure.
Prepares Ambulatory blood pressure monitors according to procedure.
Scans holter monitors and prepares report for physician interpretation (not all staff will be required to scan holters related to low volume to assure the highest competency, therefore not diluting the staff and affecting quality)
Prepares and completes all necessary forms before and after testing for all procedures.
Monitors and evaluates all tracings to include EKG’s, Holter monitors, Stress Exercise, Cardiolite, Adenosine, Lexiscan and Persantine studies to determine artifact and dysrhythmia and/or ST segment changes.
Initiates cardiopulmonary resuscitation on patients until the code blue team arrives.
Must know the use/location of all cardiac drugs that might be used during any testing procedure in the case of an emergency.
Explains the procedure and teaches the patient what to do during the testing procedure.
Cleans and restocks any supplies and equipment used during a testing procedure.
Utilizes the patient information system for patient data gathering and charges.
Is required to do transcription of stress tests, and holters from the templates.
Is responsible for maintaining patient charts and files in proper sequence according to department protocol.
Performs miscellaneous clerical assignments, audits, projects and patient studies as directed by the Clinical Coordinator or the Department Manager.
Checks crash cart in the treadmill lab daily and replaces as needed through Distribution and/or Pharmacy.
Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
All staff will be involved in different aspects of training students during their externship. (Stress testing primarily will be under the supervision of the Exercise Physiologist).
Demonstrates expertise in all testing according to annual competencies and Healthstream completion.
Uses skill sets with every patient and provides the highest quality of care to every patient, providing them with privacy, respect and professionalism.
Effectively participates in department meetings, works as a team to provide the highest of care to the patients we serve.
Performs all functions and activities with the highest level of professionalism, and maintains confidentiality.
Will be involved in annual discussion process as requested.
Travel may be required.
Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
More jobs at Munson Healthcare