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Under general supervision, assists a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the transport of sick newborn or premature infants from outlying referral hospitals to a tertiary (level 3) newborn intensive care unit (NBICU). Provides direct patient assessment, monitoring, and care to infants during transport, as directed by the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Works variable hours, typically on an on-call basis.
Duties and Responsibilities
Takes vital signs on sick and/or premature neonates.
Prepares IV solutions and sets up IV fluid delivery systems, as required; assists the neonatal nurse practitioner with medications, blood drawing, and suctioning.
Provides direct patient monitoring and care in the stabilization of the infant during transport.
Operates a range of medical transport equipment as directed, to include heated isolette, cardiac/respiratory monitor, blood pressure monitor, and oxygen saturation monitor.
Completes all appropriate newborn transport records, to include Kardex, vital signs and medication records, and patient care activity records.
Cleans and restocks newborn transport equipment and supplies, ensuring that all regulatory and certification standards are maintained; orders new medical supplies and changes oxygen tanks as necessary.
Operates a University newborn transport van to/from the hospital and/or to/from the airport, as required.
At the discretion of management, may independently perform discharge transports of stable infants.
Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Minimum Job Requirements
High school diploma or GED; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
NM Certified Respiratory Therapist Technician (CRTT) OR State of New Mexico Licensed Registered Nurse OR State of New Mexico Licensure as a Paramedic OR NM Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) OR any of the above listed licensures pending, as documented by temporary license.
Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
Knowledge of accreditation and certification requirements and standards.
Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
Records maintenance skills.
Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures.
Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
Ability to provide basic nursing, paramedic, or respiratory therapy health assessments, including vital signs, for sick or premature newborn infants.
Knowledge of the preparation of IV solutions for newborn infants.
Ability to set up and operate IV fluid delivery systems and equipment.
Ability to administer medications to and draw blood from newborn infants.
Knowledge of intensive care and NRP/CPR procedures and techniques for newborn infants .
Ability to record and chart patient care activities.
Ability to set up and operate a range of patient monitoring equipment used in the transport of newborn infants.
Knowledge of sterile procedures.
Ability to safely operate a medical transport van.
Conditions of Employment
Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
Work environment involves minimal exposure to physical risks, such as operating dangerous equipment or working with chemicals.
Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
Will work with blood or blood-borne pathogens and will require OSHA training.
Work involves moderate physical effort; requires occasional handling and manipulation of equipment weighing in excess of 200 pounds.
The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.