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Senior Anesthesia Technician

Company: Houston Methodist
Location: Sugar Land
Posted on: October 9, 2019

Job Description:

Location:
Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX 77479

Category: Surg Tech

Job Type: Full-Time
Posted Date: Sept. 18, 2019
Work Shift: DAY
Work Week: M - F

Job Summary
At Houston Methodist, the Sr. Anesthesia Tech (AT) is an experienced Tech who provides support to the anesthesia providers and other members of the interprofessional health care team. This position is fully competent regarding anesthesia, all anesthetizing locations, anesthesia supplies, and other related equipment ensuring that assigned locations and items are ready, available and in good working condition at all times. The Sr. AT works independently, exercising sound judgement and executing above average clinical skills necessary for assisting with anesthesia-related procedures, troubleshooting of anesthesia-related equipment and set up, operation and initiation of patient monitoring in all anesthetizing locations e.g., OR, Cath Lab, Endoscopy, etc., as well as, in perioperative units, post anesthesia care units, and intensive care units as deemed necessary or as assigned. This position serves as a mentor to Anesthesia Tech's, utilizing skills and knowledge, helping to train and orient others.

PATIENT AGE GROUP(S) AND POPULATION(S) SERVED
Refer to departmental ""Scope of Service"" and ""Provision of Care"" plans, as applicable, for description of primary age groups and populations served by this job for the respective HM entity.

HOUSTON METHODIST EXPERIENCE EXPECTATIONS
o Provide personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:
- INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
- COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.
- ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.
- RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.
- EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate.
o Focuses on patient/customer safety
o Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards
o Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)
o Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met
o Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports by enabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job

PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

PEOPLE 25 %
1. Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one another to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members of the patient care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information and date in a comprehensive manner. (EF)
2. Role models, by example, open, professional communication to promote both work efforts and problem resolution and achieve mutual understanding. Works well with others to make contributions to the work effort as a whole and facilitates problem resolution. (EF)
3. Guides and mentors AT I--s and participates in training of other team members to help build confidence in skills, knowledge and abilities. (EF)

SERVICE 25 %
1. Independently and competently performs anesthesia support activities in all monitoring and including but not limited to operating rooms, catheterization laboratories, intensive care units, and other patient care areas where anesthesia is performed. (EF)
2. Assists the anesthesia providers and other members of the patient care team as needed in the provision of patient care before, during and after procedures. (EF)
3. Serves as point-of-care testing super user for different modalities, as applicable. (EF)

QUALITY/SAFETY 25 %
1. Cleans and disinfects equipment and work areas between patients, following infection control standards and department procedures. (EF)
2. Actively participates in organizing the work flow, problem-solving, and managing multiple ongoing priorities with minimal supervision. (EF)
3. Identifies opportunities for corrective action and process improvement providing recommendations and contributes to meeting departmental and hospital targets for quality and safety. Reports --near misses-- and inputs error promptly into PSN to improve processes and identify trends. (EF)
4. Serves as resource and trainer for staff in anesthesia support activities such as but not limited to reprocessing flexible scopes and TEE probes in accordance with standards. (EF)

FINANCE 15 %
1. Ensures anesthetizing areas and anesthesia services work stations are put back together, organized properly, and ready for use as soon as possible after each case. This includes, but not limited to, keeping monitor cables stored neatly, ensuring that anesthesia gases are turned off, unused supplies are restocked properly, and equipment are put back in designated places. (EF)
2. Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks, minimizing incidental overtime. (EF)

GROWTH/INNOVATION 10 %
1. Participates in committees and task forces as assigned, ensuring that critical objectives are clearly explained and action items are appropriately performed. Follow up on action items as necessary to ensure completion of assignments. (EF)
2. Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development as a Technician/Technologist.
3. Fosters a positive and constructive teaching environment by engaging co-workers (AT I--s) in learning opportunities that are valuable and in alignment with business objectives. (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
o High School diploma or equivalent education (examples include: GED, verification of homeschool equivalency, partial or full completion of post-secondary education, etc.) OR
o Associate's degree in Anesthesia Technology or equivalent health-related field if no certification

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
o Two (2) years of Anesthesia Tech experience with ASATT certification OR
o If no certification, three (3) years of Anesthesia Tech experience with an Associate's degree in a health-related field

CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED
o American Heart Association BLS
o Anesthesia Tech certification through the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists & Technicians (ASATT) preferred

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
o Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations
o Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
o Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles
o Ability to work independently; capable of handling challenging/difficult procedures and patient care situations. Demonstrates sound judgment, demonstrates time management skills and executes above average clinical skills
o Possess basic computer knowledge; operates multiple computer systems to include, Hospital/Anesthesia Information Systems and Microsoft Office products to maintain patient documents
o Exhibits strong interpersonal and team player skills with all levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers
o Adapts to multiple ongoing priorities with minimal supervision including, organizing work flow and actively participating in problem-solving

Equal Employment Opportunity
Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.
VEVRAA Federal Contractor - priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

Company Profile
Since 1998, Houston MethodistSugar Land Hospital has been serving Fort Bend and the surrounding counties. Residents have come to rely on a level of compassionate care and leading-edge technology that was once available only in the Texas Medical Center. With 243 licensed beds, 20 operating rooms and over 1,900employees, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital was designed to provide comprehensive, personalized care for the community.



Company Description:

At Houston Methodist, we take our responsibility as the region---s premier health care system seriously.With a national reputation for excellence in patient care, education and research, we hold ourselves --- and the careers we build --- to a higher standard. We invite you to find your place among the best of the best, and to stand with us in earning the trust of millions of people across the Houston Metro area every day.Houston Methodist is comprised of a nationally recognized academic medical center and six community hospitals with a history of health care innovation. For the tenth straight year we have been named to FORTUNE---s list of ---100 Best Companies to Work For--- and have also been ranked the no.1 hospital in Texas by U.S. News & World Report.Discover the difference for yourself and join Houston Methodist.

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