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Advanced Response Specialist

Description

UPMC's Prehospital Services department is hiring a full-time Advanced Response Specialist. 

 Must be open to traveling to various sites including Allegheny, Washington, and Fayette counties. This is a great opportunity to expand your EMS skills - learn more below!

Purpose:

Provide prehospital / paramedic patient care and clinical support services in accordance with established policies and procedures as well as state law, to assure that the highest degree of quality patient care can be maintained at all times. Assist in Prehospital Care educational programs. Assist in Prehospital Care QI programs. Assist in outreach to EMS agencies.

Responsibilities:
  • Constructively receives feedback and direction.
  • Identifies and communicates learning needs to the clinical director. 
  • Takes action to improve knowledge, skills and performance. 
  • Serves as a resource for staff and other disciplines.
  • Serves as a preceptor for new staff members.
  • Requests assistance in planning and prioritizing activities as needed.
  • Participates in self-review as requested by the director. 
  • Participates in project and committee work.
  • Completes required education to maintain medic command.
  • Assures equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department.  
  • Establishes appropriate and effective communication strategies.
  • Establishes professional and respectful interpersonal relationships.
  • Participates in unit-based performance improvement including implementing corrective action when appropriate. 
  • Communicates / documents complete and concise patient reports.
  • Follows appropriate channels of communication.
  • Works autonomously, presents a positive image of the hospital.
  • Provides feedback to the command MD regarding patient care and reports changes in patient status. 
  • Manages continuous quality improvement program development for medical command services.
  • Develops and executes action plans for those providers and systems that are identified through the quality improvement process.
  • Develops, coordinates, and instructs continuing medical education programs for EMS providers.
  • Establishes and maintains effective professional relationships with local EMS agencies through outreach and clinical practice.
  • Participates in community preventive health initiatives.
  • Constructively receives feedback and direction.
  • Identifies and communicates learning needs to the clinical director. 
  • Takes action to improve knowledge, skills and performance.
  • Serves as a resource for staff and other disciplines. 
  • Serves as a preceptor for new staff members.
  • Requests assistance in planning and prioritizing activities as needed.
  • Participates in self-review as requested by the clinical director. 
  • Participates in project and committee work.
  • Completes required education to maintain medical command.
  • Demonstrates awareness of patient needs / expectations based on comprehensive history and physical. 
  • Utilizes Prehospital care protocols and clinical judgment to provide basic and advanced life support.
  • Utilizes assessment data to identify areas requiring immediate intervention.
  • Performs routine tests i.e. phlebotomy, blood glucose monitoring, patient weights, EKG's. 
  • Provides patient care including assisting with patient procedures, activities of daily living. 
  • Assists with physical, respiratory and cardiopulmonary therapies.
  • Monitors and remove patient restraints as per MD or Hospital protocol.
  • Strictly adheres to all policies and practices relative to patient care and hospital related information. 
  • Complies with safety policies and procedures including standard precautions.
  • Documents in the medical record according to established procedure.
  • Meets and interacts with EMS providers at all levels each shift and document these interactions every shift.
  • Performs assigned work in a timely and productive manner.
  • Suggests and supports changes within the Paramedic Response Team. 
  • Assumes responsibility for assignment and views problems as challenges.
  • Demonstrates awareness of behavior on the efficient functioning of the hospital and surrounding communities.

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • 3 years of experience in EMS or a BA Degree in Emergency Medicine required.
  • Paramedic, certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Prehospital training required.
  • Successful completion of mandatory education provided by UPMC Health System.
  • Microcomputer experience preferred.  
  • Successful completion of basic information system training is mandatory. 
  • Professional verbal and written communication is essential.
  • Customer service skills are essential.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Medic Command (currently employed on the Response Team) or eligibility to receive medic command (new hires) is required. 
  • Instructor certification in trauma life support, ACLS, BCLS, and PALS preferred.
  • CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Driver's License
  • Emergency Vehicle Operator
  • Paramedic OR Pre Hospital Registered Nurse (PHRN)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Act 34

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