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JOB SUMMARY: Under close supervision, provides endoscopic procedural assistance and ensures a safe environment for endoscopic patients and staff in the Endoscopy unit and Operating Room.  Assists the Physicians and Registered Nurses with patient care procedures. The following duties are intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities and ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification.  Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties. 

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES.  Provides technical endoscopic assistance to General Surgeons and Internal Medicine physicians as well as other Endoscopy providers and staff.  Facilitates safe and effective performance of invasive endoscopic procedures.  Ensures Endoscopy room environment is safe, equipment functions properly and that endoscopic procedures and conducted under conditions that maximize the patients safety. Develops and maintains safe and aseptic procedural field.  Sets up instruments, supplies and equipment.  Functions as a member of the endoscopy team.  Assists providers during routine and complex endoscopic procedures.  Anticipates the needs of the providers. Assists with the monitoring of the patient for potentially dangerous physical changes, recognizes abnormal findings and notifies the provider. Prepares patients for procedures, performs pre-procedure assessment including vital signs, HCGs.   Documents care in electronic health record. Responds to Endoscopic emergencies in the Critical Care Unit and Emergency Department. Assists Registered Nurses, as directed, with patient care to include placing monitoring equipment on patient, positioning, transfer and discharge of patient.  Transfers patients as needed. Stocks the Endoscopy areas, including the traveling carts.  Cleans equipment and work space.  Recognizes equipment malfunctions and readjusts equipment or refers for repair.   Performs other duties as assigned. 

KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS  ·    Knowledge of Endoscopic equipment and supplies.·    Knowledge of modern endoscopic surgical principles and techniques for the care of patients.·    Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology and concepts of disease.·    Knowledge of Endoscopic Room procedures and pre-procedure patient preparation.·    Knowledge of reference standards and regulatory requirements for Endoscopic Room safety.·    Knowledge of emergency procedures, sterile practices, infection control, basic life support and other applicable nursing practices. ·    Skill in interpersonal relationships.·    Skill in performing assigned endoscopic procedures.·    Skill in monitoring patient responses and taking appropriate action.·    Skill in operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of software applications.·    Skill in assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks and demands.·    Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others. 

MINIMUM EDUCATION QUALIFICATION A high school diploma or GED equivalent.  

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATION Two (2) years of patient care experience. An equivalent combination of relevant education, training and/or technical experience may be substituted for direct patient care experience. 

MINIMUM CERTIFICATION QUALIFICATION Certification Basic Life Support.  Completion of Society of Gastroenterology Nurse and Associates, Inc (SGNA) Associates Program is required within 1 year of employment. 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS Non-standard work hours “on-call “are required. May be exposed to hazardous materials, sharp objects and infectious diseases. 

MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS The following demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. May be required to lift approximately 40 pounds.  The work demands long periods of walking, standing, bending, stooping, and lifting in the process of patient care. ANMC is not a latex free environment. Therefore, some latex exposure can be expected.