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Tufts Medicine Transportation Aide (Per Diem) in Melrose, Massachusetts

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Responsible for transportation of patients to and from various departments as assigned. May assist with equipment requests, oxygen rounds, and other support tasks to aid the performance of the department.

Hours: Per Diem - 1st and 2nd shifts

Every other weekend & every other holiday shifts required

Location: MelroseWakefield Hospital

Preferred Qualifications :

  1. High School diploma or equivalent.

  2. Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.

  3. Prior experience in healthcare.

Duties and Responsibilities : The duties and responsibilities listed below are intended to describe the general nature of work and are not intended to be an all-inclusive list. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned.

  1. Ensures the safe, timely and accurate transport of patients to their destination including bring the proper requested equipment. Ensures the comfort of the patient by being attentive; offers blankets, checks modesty, and only engages in appropriate conversation involving the patient.

  2. Assists patient care staff and utilizes proper body mechanics when lifting and transferring patients to and from wheelchairs, stretchers or beds.

  3. Notifies nursing personnel, clinician, technician or reception upon arrival for patient. Verifies correct patient identification. Alerts nursing staff immediately to any signs of patient distress or equipment malfunction.

  4. Completes transport quickly and efficiently; immediately notifies appropriate staff and leader when assignments are initiated and completed. Meets all performance related standards including response, active and completion times.

  5. Disinfects transport equipment before and after use according to policy and manufacturer instructions for use. Removes linen, disinfects and makes up stretchers upon completion. Returns equipment to proper location. Collects and returns wheelchairs and stretchers to the proper holding areas. Ensures that medical waste is disposed of according to established infection control and prevention procedures.

  6. Checks all equipment for proper and safe functions before use. Promptly reports any ineffective or broken equipment to unit leadership.

  7. Interacts with other system teams appropriately. Keeps appropriate staff and manager informed of cancellations, activities, needs, and/or concerns. Notifies Director of potential situations and unreasonable response times.

  8. Adheres to all policies, procedures and standards established by all regulatory agencies including but not limited to Federal, State, Joint Commission, OSHA, and CDC.

  9. Takes initiative when observing patients waiting in corridors to go back to their rooms by notifying dispatch and transporting patient.

  10. Conducts daily rounds to ensure equipment is properly stored.

  11. Ensures compliance with policies and procedures for departmental operations.

  12. Assists in orienting, training and developing transport associates.

Physical Requirements:

  1. Standing or walking a majority of shift, bending and lifting and other physical effort with medium weight equipment or supplies (30-35 lbs.)

  2. Pushing and pulling of beds, wheelchairs, stretchers, etc. (up to 60 lbs.).

  3. Able to maneuver wheelchairs and stretchers in order to safely transport patients.

  4. Requires manual dexterity using fine hand manipulation to operate computer keyboard.

  5. Frequent contact with professional and other staff. patients and visitors.

  6. Frequent exposure to dust, dirt, blood, body waste and contaminated waste.

  7. Possible risk of cuts, needle punctures, and strains.

Skills & Abilities:

  1. Ability to properly use phone and pager.

  2. Acts as a positive role model; possesses, integrity, focus, commitment, flexibility, diplomacy and a team spirit.

  3. Ability to operate stretchers, wheelchairs and patient beds to safely move patients throughout hospital.

  4. Able to communicate both verbally and in writing in English. Able to follow written and verbal instructions.

  5. Able to identify scope of task and perform it in a timely and efficient manner.

  6. Ability to read, write, perform simple mathematical calculations and have basic knowledge of physical sciences at a level generally acquired through a high school education.

Tufts Medicine is a leading integrated health system bringing together the best of academic and community healthcare to deliver exceptional, connected and accessible care experiences to consumers across Massachusetts. Comprised of Tufts Medical Center, Lowell General Hospital, MelroseWakefield Hospital, Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, Care at Home - an expansive home care network, and large integrated physician network. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion at Tufts Medicine. Tufts Medicine does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, national origin, gender identity and/or expression, marital status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation by emailing us at careers@tuftsmedicine.org .

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