Rush University Medical Center  Transport Specialist - Part Time/Rotating Shift in Chicago, Illinois

Job Title: Transport Specialist - Part Time/Rotating Shift

Department: Patient Transport

Shift: 4th (Rotating)

Full/Part: Active Regular PT (40 to 71 hours per pay period)

Specialty: Patient Transport

Job Number: 2018-3206

Job Description:

H.E.L.P. Union Vacancy Announcement

Transport Specialist - Inpatient Patient Transport Department

This is a Part Time position.

40 hours every two weeks, benefit-eligible

Rotating Shift

Position Highlights:

The Transport Specialist is responsible for the safe, timely and accurate transport of patients, medical equipment and patient-related items to their destinations enabling physicians, nurses, technicians, and therapists to perform their duties in an effective manner. Ensures positive patient and customer satisfaction, proper utilization of body mechanics, adherence to policies, procedures and standards established by Rush University Medical Center, Patient Transport Department, and Regulatory Agencies. Acts as a positive role model and team player demonstrating Rush University Medical Center’s mission and values.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Responds to transport requests with a sense of urgency, meeting time delivery goals.

  • Ensures patient safety by following established procedures and using only approved rolling equipment.

  • Ensures proper transport of patients with specific needs, for example: those requiring oxygen tanks, young children or elderly patients, IV’s, drainage tubes, etc.

  • Follows department protocols using dispatch system appropriately.

  • Transport patients between departments and to and from patient care areas via wheelchair, stretcher, bed and other transport equipment, or ambulation as requested.

  • Maintains patient’s chart during transport and ensures confidentiality of patient information at all times.

  • To follow all hospital and departmental policies and procedures.

  • Train new Transport Specialists on all aspects of the jobs; e.g. how to use and accept job assignments from Transport Tracking via telephone (refer to Transport Tracking Guidelines), how to record their job assignments, body mechanics, how to properly use various pieces of equipment (i.e. beds, stretchers / wheel- chairs, I-meds, oxygen, etc), how to transport patients up and down inclines as well as getting on and off the elevators, procedures on the units/departments, monitoring work assignments, etc.

  • Collects and returns wheelchairs and stretchers and other transport equipment to their proper locations.

  • Disinfects and cleans transport equipment before and after each patient use and as required.

  • Maintains equipment and reports equipment needing repairs

  • Follows hospital department protocols for checking in patients and verifying their identity and following specific precautions identified.

  • Ensures comfort of the patient in all cases.

  • Alerts caregivers immediately to any signs of patient distress or equipment malfunction.

  • Assists hospital staff when needed in moving patients.

  • Considers needs of family members and visitors of patients when necessary.

  • Check the gauge of the Oxygen Tank (02) to make sure it is full, when transporting patients on oxygen to their exams.

  • Meets all performance related standards, 2.2 Trips per labor hour in accordance with Transport Tracking reports.

  • Ensures timely response to all patient and patient-related transportation requests and logs into Transport Tracking dispatching system immediately in accordance with established guidelines.

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

  • Maintains a patient/customer focus fostering a teamwork environment.

  • Follows specific protocols, for example: isolation and radiation precautions.

  • Adheres to standard universal and disease-specific precautions and the OSHA blood borne pathogen standard.

  • Uses safe lifting procedures and practices when transferring patients to and from wheelchairs, stretchers, beds, etc.

  • Provides back-up assistance for the Doorman to transport out-patients, to and from the Professional Building.

  • Transport deceased patients on the morgue cart to the morgue.

  • Transport the deceased patients to the Viewing Room.

  • Respond to Code Blue pages with stretcher and remain until completed.

  • Make up stretchers with clean linen as needed. Strip stretchers of soiled linen and place soiled linen in proper laundry pickup stations.

  • Deliver wheelchairs and stretchers to the units/departments when requested.

  • Transport blood product requisitions to various areas when the tube station is out of service.

  • Transport blood bank pickup slips (when tube station is out of service) from the units, to Blood Center and return blood to patient care nursing unit’s staff.

  • Transport patient’s belongings as directed.

  • Alert the Security Department when unusual occurrences are observed.

  • Attend meetings when requested.

  • Perform related duties assigned.

Position Qualifications:

Working Conditions

Physical Demands:

  • The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform 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 associate is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

  • The employee is frequently required to walk, sit, climb or balance, and talk or hear.

  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

  • Must be able to walk at a fast pace and sometimes run, in a life and death situation, which are as follows:

  • Respond to a Code Blue/Delivering Blood Gases (Main- House, Professional Building, Academic Facility and Johnston R. Bowman (which is about two (2) blocks).

  • Transporting Emergency Room patients via stretchers/wheelchairs

  • Transporting patients via stretcher to and from JRB.

  • Transporting patients via wheelchair/stretcher up and down inclines.

  • Using the stairs depending on the emergency request.

  • Must have high school diploma or GED

  • Excellent patient contact/customer skills

  • Able to follow verbal and written instructions.

Company Highlights:

  • Rush's 14-story hospital Tower is the cornerstone of the Rush Transformation, and is the symbol of a philosophy-an evolution in the delivery of patient-centered care.

  • Rush is a not-for-profit health care, education and research enterprise comprising Rush University Medical Center,Rush University,Rush Oak Park Hospital andRush Health.

  • Rush University Medical Center is a four time Magnet facility located in Chicago,

  • Leading academic medical center, acute care hospital w/ 676 licensed beds

  • RUMC offers a competitive salary, outstandingbenefits& the professional advantages of an environment that supports your development & recognizes your achievements.

  • Rush University is home to one of the first medical colleges in the Midwest and one of the nation's top-ranked nursing colleges, as well as graduate programs in allied health, health systems management and biomedical research.

  • As one of the most popular cities in the nation, Chicago is a cultural, historical and diverse city. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago in known for its nearly 200 distinct neighborhoods and its extensive park systems, along with its sports teams, museums and vibrant theater community.

Rush is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.