Cuyuna Regional Medical Center

Critical Care Unit Assistant-ICU

  • Cuyuna Regional Medical Center
  • 320 East Main Street Crosby Minnesota 56441 United States
  • Dec 26, 2018
Part-time Nursing

Job Description


Under the direction of the charge nurse or patient nurse, the Critical Care Unit Assistant assumes responsiblity to carry out and coordinate communication at the nurses' station, monitor telemetry and EKG recording/interpretation and to communicate to the patient's nurse or charge nurse when there is a significant change or sustained pattern of change that is outside of the baseline for any telemetry monitored patient. Performs receptionist, telephone and clericial duties to support physicians and nursing staff in the delivery of care and services to the patients in a fast paced environment. Critical Care Unit Assistants maintain medical records for each patient that are complete, readily accessible, and systematically organized. CCUA is an integral member of the healthcare team that interacts with staff, patients, visitors, and others in a manner that facilitates communication and presents an appropriate image of the facility. These functions are essential components in achieving the goals of the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.

  • Education and Experience:

Vocational education or 2 years of college preferred. Successful completion of an approved Dysrhythmia course from an accredited school, or a hospital approved Initial Dysrhythmia course with a passing score of 85% or greater. Annual hospital approved Dysrhythmia competency. Registered Nursing Assistant, MN Licensed Practical Nurse, or EMT certification preferred. Successful completion of the data entry standard and general clerical standards administered by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Human Resources staff.

  • License/Certificates:
    • American Heart Association BLS certification required within 30 days of hire. Valid MN Driver's License.
  • Special Skills and Aptitudes:
    • Demonstrate knowledge of computer skills and word process.
    • Satisfactorily complete hospital training program.
    • Ability to identify and interpret EKG rhythms and dysrhthmias.
    • Effective interpersonal relationship skills including good listening, reporting, and communication skills.
    • Ability to communicate effectively in a variety of settings and with a variety of people at different organization levels.
    • Ability to handle confidential information discreetly and appropriately and follows HIPAA accordingly.
    • Ability to adapt resources to meet the needs of the situation.
    • Exercises good judgment, flexibility, creativity and insight into problem solving.
    • Adjusts to stressful situations with confidence and good judgment.
    • Capable of following and carrying out verbal and written instructions.
    • Knowledge of applied science principles in situations involving procedures, hygienic and safety measure.
    • Established appropriate priorities for receiving, recording, relaying and acting on information.
    • Admits patients to telemetry. Places all information into the telemetry monitor and sets alarm limits according to default settings or physician order.
    • Obtains initial and periodic cardiac rhythm printouts, documents initial interpretation, and presents to the registered nurse for analysis and acknowledgement and files in the patient medical record.
    • Communicates any significant changes in patient heart rate, rhythm and oxygen saturation level to the patient nurse or charge nurse as soon as change occurs.
    • Discharges patients from telemetry and ensures telemetry boxes are kept in the ready for future patients.
    • May be directed to provide patient care when within scope of practice.
    • Communicates effectively with staff, physicians, patients and visitors.
    • Receives, places and transfers telephone calls courteously and professionally.
    • Responds to change productively and handles additional tasks when requested to do so.
    • Demonstrates resourcefulness in emergency situations.
    • Demonstrates a service attitude.
    • Exercises patient centered care at all times.
    • Assists nursing in providing nursing care and services to the patient.
    • Understands and correctly operates and cares for equipment when directed to do so.
    • Runs errands, stocks supplies, performs maintenance cleaning as required.
    • Provides patients with comfort care.
    • Provides back-up support in driving patients in Ambulance from Emergency Room to helicopter pad for air transfer when Ambulance staff are not on-site.
    • Demonstrate a Can-Do Spirit when other duties are assigned.