Oneida Health is an independent 101-bed acute care community hospital and a 160-bed extended-care facility (ECF) and short-term rehab facility licensed by the State of New York and operated by Oneida Health Systems, Inc., a New York not-for-profit corporation. The hospital is Joint Commission accredited.
We are proud to share that we have recognized for several national awards based upon safety of care as well as the patient experience of care. The first recognition is provided by The Leapfrog Group, a nationally recognized non-profit organization who reviews 30 patient quality and safety measures and assigns a letter grade to over 2,600 hospitals nationally based upon outcomes. The fall 2019 letter grade for OHC is a “B.”, our eighth consecutive “A” or “B”. Our hospital was also awarded 4 Stars for Patient Experience.
The second recognition is for the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award. Our hospital is among the top 10% nationally for patient safety and is 1 of only 16 hospitals in New York to receive this award for 2019. The third recognition is for the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award. Our hospital is among the top 10% nationally for patient experience and is 1 of only 8 hospitals in New York to receive this award for 2019…with Oneida Health as the only hospital in New York State to receive both awards for 2019! We are also very proud of our CMS 4-Star overall rating for patient experience and CMS 5-Star for quality measures.
The Endoscopy Technician assists with delegated tasks of direct and indirect patient care under the supervision of a registered nurse and/or physicians in Endoscopy. The technician assists with assessment of patient needs and follows through with the designated plan of action. The technician is responsible for the care, handling, and processing of endoscopy procedural equipment and turnover of the procedure room(s). The technician is responsible for assisting with diagnostic, interventional and therapeutic procedures such as ERCP, EUS/EBUS, GI bleeds, food bolus and foreign body removal, stenting of the esophagus, duodenum, colon, volumetric laser endomicroscopy bile and pancreatic ducts in the Endoscopy Department and other areas of the hospital.
Technicians also support pulmonary diagnostic, interventional and therapeutic procedures such as bronchial lavage, tracheal and bronchial stenting, endobronchial valve placement, navigational bronchoscopy, pleuroscopy, thoracentesis, and robotic guided endoscopy in the Endoscopy department.
May be cross-trained to work in multiple sites at the employer’s discretion. Full Time Monday-Friday, 5 days/week, Day Shifts*
- Setting up and cleaning of procedure rooms according to established guidelines.
- Prepare and maintain supplies, equipment and rooms for procedures.
- Maintains general unit supplies, ensures scopes are in working order.
- Inspects all equipment and accessories for defects prior to use to ensure highest level of infection prevention.
- Demonstrates proper handling and use of various types and sizes of video endoscopes including: colonoscopes, upper endoscopes, flexible sigmoidoscopes, and enteroscopes.
- Demonstrates knowledge of aseptic techniques and infection prevention procedures at all times.
- Assist with endoscopic dilatation, biopsy, polypectomy as directed.
- Informs the RN of the equipment and accessories used during procedures including: quantity, size and equipment settings etc. to be documented in the medical record.
- Participates in specimen collection and handling. Correctly labels specimens according to hospital policy.
- Understands theory and safety when using cautery modalities including monopolar, bipolar and argon plasma coagulation and their various probes.
- Assist with transporting patients, specimens, supplies and participate in patient care as delegated by the Registered Nurse.
- Provide scheduled and non-scheduled services for the movement of patients to and from the Endoscopy/Urology department and nursing/clinical areas by ensuring optimal patient comfort and operational efficiency.
- Prepares patients for procedures by reviewing medical history, appropriately positioning patient and cleaning/shaving/numbing testing sites as appropriate.
Possible additional duties:
- Participates in instructing the patient about the procedure being performed including preparation, rationale and expectations.
- Demonstrate understanding of the plan of care. Adapts patient instruction to patient needs. Consults with the provider or registered nurse as needed.
- Communicates to the Registered Nurse accurate patient observations, interventions and outcomes of care.
- Provides emergency care to patients when necessary using basic life support protocols (CPR certified) until registered nurse and/or physician staff arrives.
- Participates in supporting the patient during the procedure. May offer coaching and relaxation techniques.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
- Requires knowledge of decontamination procedures
- Ability to independently transport patients pushing wheelchairs and one additional device (oxygen, IV pump) or to push a stretcher or bed, navigating crowded hallways, negotiating turns, and boarding elevators
- Ability to manage own time effectively and anticipate changes in workflow
- Must possess patients and maturity in dealing with patients, families, as well as medical staff and other hospital personnel
- Ability to work a flexible schedule to meet the demands of the hospital
- Requires prolonged standing, walking, and close machine/instrument work, lifting, pushing, and pulling supplies or equipment
- Ability and willingness to perform routine repetitive tasks, pushing wheelchairs, carts, and other heavy equipment
- High school diploma or GED equivalent
- Preferred 1+ year(s) of GI experience or clinical procedural area.
- Medical background and experience as a Medical Assistant, Nurse Assistant, Certified Nurse Assistant.
- GI Technical Specialist (GTS) or Scrub Technician preferred.
- Familiarity with the digestive tract and respiratory disease processes.
- Ability to adapt to unpredictable situations within the patient care setting.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Minimal typing and basic computer skills.
License or certification
- Basic Life Support certification is required upon hire and must be valid for 90 days or greater from start date. Maintains Basic Life Support (BLS) competency.
- Under the general supervision of a Registered Nurse, the Endoscopy Technician assists physicians or other providers with procedures performed in the gastroenterology endoscopy setting.
- RECOMMENDED: Complete SGNA GI Specialist Basic & Advanced Training Programs within 6 to 12 months of hire.
Patient populations range from adolescents to older adults and an understanding of age specific needs of these patients is required. Outpatients who present with a wide range of illnesses and complaints are cared for in this endoscopy setting. Some duties may be performed independently with intermittent supervision by the Nurse Clinician. Ultimately the Endoscopy Technician reports to the Endoscopy Nurse Manager.