Johns Hopkins University Pulmonary Function Technician in Baltimore, Maryland
The Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine is seeking a Pulmonary Function Technician to perform routine pulmonary function testing under close supervision. Staff members in this position are self-motivated to make consistent progress toward meeting laboratory requirements for certification to perform independent routine testing. Staff in this position will also begin to participate in laboratory quality assurance and equipment maintenance programs, and to assist with administrative tasks.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Perform Routine Pulmonary Function Tests:
Perform routine pulmonary function tests, supervised as appropriate, including spirometry, flow-volume loops, single-breath diffusing capacity, dilutional lung volumes, maximum voluntary ventilation, 6 minute walk testing , pulse oximetry and other studies as directed, on hospital inpatients and outpatients. Learn to take appropriate actions in response to patient distress or medical emergency.
Assist with Quality Assurance Tasks:
Assist with the performance of routine quality control on laboratory equipment at specified intervals. Begin to recognize deviations from acceptable performance and to take appropriate actions. Chart and graph quality control values. Assist with complex QA activities as needed. Demonstrate ability to follow procedures for equipment preventive maintenance.
Check and Maintain Patient Data:
Enter patient data into laboratory database. Make precise measurements from graphic patient test data. Calculate results using manual and computerized techniques. Learn to identify and correct errors.
Report routine results, generally under supervision, as needed to doctors, nurses, and other medical staff. Interact with patients, doctors, nurses, and others in a professional and courteous manner. Demonstrate increasing ability to recognize and report “critical results” immediately following laboratory procedures.
Perform Other Laboratory Duties:
File results. Help to maintain laboratory cleanliness. Participate in continuing education program. Alert appropriate staff to low supply conditions.
Make Progress Toward Laboratory Certifications:
Make consistent progress toward laboratory certification to perform independent routine testing. Demonstrate increasing competence in following laboratory policies and procedures. Acquire suitable familiarity with reference materials published by sources such as the A.T.S. and the A.A.R.C. Ask questions about unfamiliar procedures. Readily identify potential weaknesses and take appropriate remedial actions. Staff in this position will be required to sit for the N.B.R.C. certification exam for Pulmonary Function Technologist when the admission requirements have been met.
High School Diploma/GED. CPR certification or must obtain certification within three months of employment
The following factors, in addition to the minimum qualifications described above, shall be highly desirable in a Pulmonary Function Technician:
College course work with an emphasis on health related sciences and/or strong background in mathematics and anatomy and physiology.
One year or more of college in physical or biological sciences.
Training periods may be shortened for staff with any of the following attributes:
Training in or graduation from a program in pulmonary function technology or respiratory therapy
Training in or graduation from a professional nursing program
Substantial background in college mathematics, physical sciences, or biological sciences
Exposure to pulmonary function testing
Experience in a hospital setting or other health care environment
Training as a medical assistant or emergency medical technician
Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Strong interpersonal and quantitative skills
Ability to work with and motivate difficult or seriously ill patients
Sitting, standing and walking for extended period. Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s). Ability to assist patients with standing or sitting . Ability to move standard equipment through a hospital or clinical environment.
Working Conditions: Possible exposure to communicable diseases.
Classified Title: Pulmonary Function Technician
Starting Salary Range: $16.26 - $22.35/Hour; Commensurate with experience
Employee Group: Full Time
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt
Location: Johns Hopkins Bayview
Department Name: Medicine, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Personnel Area: School of Medicine
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