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The Paramedic, under the direction of a licensed professional nurse, performs care appropriate to the patient population served and meets daily routine patient care needs. The Paramedic also assists nursing staff by transporting patients, running errands and transporting equipment to and from units as requested. Additional job functions may be assigned per certification level and competencies. The Paramedic functions under the direction of a licensed professional nurse. Under the supervision of the nurse, paramedics perform care appropriate to the patient population served and meet daily routine patient care needs. The paramedic performs all the duties of the EMT-B and EMT-E. In addition, the paramedic inserts peripheral IV therapy or saline lock after successful completion of an inservice and at the reaction of a registered nurse. He/she assists with airway maintenance as needed. The paramedic monitors cardiac rhythms and immediately reports changes. He/she performs phlebotomy after successful completion of a phlebotomy inservice and at the direction of a registered nurse. He/she continually monitors patient's status and correctly intervenes when indicated. The paramedic may perform suctioning and/or insert an oral airway during a code situation if ACLS certified and upon approval by the E.D. staff Educator. The paramedic may not perform advanced medical airway management (i.e. intubation). He/she may provide the ALS measures of defibrillation if ACLS certified under the direction of a physician or an ACLS registered nurse.
High school graduate or equivalent.
Nursing assistant course or courses in emergency field.
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
Previous emergency department or pre-hospital provider experience.
Virginia EMT-Paramedic certification required.