Job Title: Paramedic
Reports To: Ambulance Manager
Part time - 0.3 FTE (24 hours per pay period).
Casual - Supplements regularly scheduled staff.
SUMMARY: The mission and purpose of this position are to compassionately deliver high-quality service, and basic as well as advanced patient care in a professional, caring and cost-effective manner, as directed by the physician.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Assess each call situation to determine best course of action and appropriate protocol.
- Utilize medical equipment and procedures including defibrillator, EKG monitor, oxygen and suction devices, intravenous fluids, CPR and other procedures and medications as required to provide advanced medical care.
- Develop and utilize triage skills to provide optimal efficiency during calls.
- Provide patient care according to clinical protocols and safety requirements.
- Lift and move patients as required to provide optimum care.
- Communicate with receiving facility to receive medical direction and to provide critical information.
- Communicate with patient and loved ones to provide information and assurance that care is being given, and to show compassion.
- Act as team leader and take responsibility for scene management as needed.
- Drive the ambulance or provide map reading support to minimize call response time.
- Keep current on certifications.
- Coach and educate partners of new and changing information as necessary.
- Communicate with dispatcher to receive and understand call data and customer feedback.
- Observe, record, and report to the physician, the patient's condition and reaction to drugs, treatments, and significant events.
- Monitor and maintain the general condition of the unit, keep it clean and stocked for optimal call response.
- Participate in community programs to maintain image and establish strong community relations.
- Document activities completely to ensure appropriate information is available regarding each call.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job related duties requested by their supervisors.
Supports the policies and procedures of the organization and the standards of the Joint Commission as required for full accreditation.
QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required, advanced education preferred. Past work experience in cardiac care or in critical care transport is preferred. At least two years as paramedic with varied work experience. Driving record in compliance with FirstLight Health System policy regarding insurability.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Valid driver's license. Current State of Minnesota Paramedic Certification. Current BLS, ACLS, PALS, BTLS, or PHTLS Provider Certification.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must regularly lift, pull and/or move up to 50 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 100 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Required to carry patients up and down stairways with limited help. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Prolonged sitting in ambulance while on transfers. Required to perform duties in ambulance while ambulance is transporting. (Sense of balance is very important.)
WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and vibration. The employee is frequently exposed to repetitive tasks, high pressure, boredom and intense tasks. May be exposed to violent behavior. Personal safety concern with any accident situation. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. The potential of contact with communicable disease. Performs Class I Job as classified by OSHA.