Transport Specialist - RUSH University Medical Center
Union – Part-Time 2nd Shift
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Transporting patients and patient-related items throughout the hospital complex.
Patient Transporter Duties and Responsibilities
1. Fulfilling the goal of bringing patients where they need to be requires a variety of tasks. Our analysis of job postings reveals the following as some of the central responsibilities expected of patient transporters:
2. Moving and Aiding Patients
3.At the heart of being a patient transporter is doing what the title suggests transporting patients. Patient transporters help people onto transporting devices such as wheelchairs and secure them in place. They wheel or carry the device to the proper location. This place could be inside the hospital, such as an operating room or a lab to draw blood. It also could be outside the facility, such as to a waiting ambulance bringing the patient to another hospital. Upon arrival at the destination, patient transporters often help the patient again, such as by aiding onto an examination table or helping into bed. Physically handling the person with care at all stages is necessary to avoid pain and prevent injury.
5. Being in a hospital is anxiety-provoking for patients and their families. Patient transporters do what they can to ease some of those worries. They may answer basic questions, such as letting the patient know where she or he is going. Depending on the situation, they may offer friendly greetings or make small talk. They also can sense when it is best to remain quiet.
6.Medical Related Transporting
7. Besides moving people, patient transporters may be called upon to move things such as specimens, equipment, medical records, lab results, and mail to different places. Some patient transporters bring deceased patients to the mortuary.
8. Executing Safety Precautions
9. Patient transporters are expected to know and follow procedures to keep operations flowing and maintain a safe environment. For instance, they need to double-check information to ensure they are moving the correct person to the proper area. During the journey, they should regularly inspect the patient, the transport device, and the environment for any problems such as uncomfortableness, unstable positioning, tight corners, or objects in the path.
10.Maintains safe, secure, and healthy work environment by following standards and procedures; complying with federal and state legal regulations and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) requirements.
11.Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities.
12.Enhances health care organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
Patient Transporter Skills, Qualifications and Requirements:
1.Customer Service, Customer Focus, Bedside Manner, Physical Fitness, Verbal Communication, Listening, Documentation Skills, Decision Making, Patient Services, Health Care Administration, Health Promotion and Maintenance
2.One year in experience in a healthcare setting.
3. Ability to lift 50 pounds.
4. Current CPR or BLS certification or must be obtained within 30 days of hire.
5. Excellent communication skills.
6. Impeccable organization and time management skills.
7. HS diploma preferred.