The paramedic performs various patient care activities in the pre-hospital setting, in accordance with current applicable Federal, State and local standards, rules and regulations set forth by the state Emergency Medical Services Commission.
The position of Paramedic is identified as “department safety-sensitive”.
Department safety-sensitive positions means employment positions which may in the normal course of business:
- Require the employee to operate the company vehicles or equipment; and/or
- Involves duties, which, if performed with inattentiveness, errors in judgment, or diminished coordination, dexterity, or composure, may result in mistakes that could present a real and/or imminent threat to the personal health and safety of the employee, co-worker, and/or the public.
Delegation of Authority:
As a Paramedic, you are delegated the administrative authority, responsibility and accountability necessary for carrying out your assigned duties.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Responds promptly to all 911 calls while on duty unless already dispatched on another call.
2. Performs pre-hospital duties in compliance with all state EMS rules and regulations under the direction of the department medical director.
3. Actively participates in safe delivery of patient care and maintains a safe environment of all patients.
4. Communicates with members of the health care team, patients and visitors using oral and written means and equipment such as the telephone and handheld radio.
5. Ensures accurate maintenance of patient’s medical records maintaining the confidentiality of patient information to assure patient’s rights are protected in accordance with the HIPPA regulations.
6. Performs vehicle maintenance or arranges to have maintenance performed as needed; cleans both inside and outside of ambulances as needed.
7. Assists with care and maintenance of department equipment and supplies.
8. Utilizes techniques of infection control, including proper hand washing and observing standard precautions.
9. Maintains harmonious relationship and open line of communication within the unit and with other departments, staff, physicians and other support personnel providing support and assistance to ensure quality patient care.
10. Demonstrates clinical competency in assigned area of responsibility.
11. Participates in stocking, sorting, or inventory of departmental supplies to ensure appropriate items are readily available for patient care needs.
12. Supports the department by attending, and constructively contributing to staff or other meetings as able/necessary.
13. Demonstrates technical competency through annual equipment certification, attending manufacturers’ sponsored in-services and additional training as required.
14. Maintains knowledge of regulatory standards as applied to area of responsibility.
15. Communicates clearly and tactfully with patients, their families and other staff members.
16. Advises the department manager of activities, needs, problems and unusual events.
17. Is resourceful and calm in emergencies.
18. Maintains confidentiality of all patient/resident/staff information.
19. Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.
Preferred Minimum Education:
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Courses required to become Nevada, Clark County or NREMT-P certified
- Current Paramedic certification
- Current BCLS certification
- Current ACLS certification
- Current PEPP/PALS certification
- Current BTLS and/or PHTLS certification
- Valid and unrestricted Nevada Drivers License
- Able to read, write and speak the English language in an understandable manner
- Three years experience preferred as EMT/paramedic.
- Ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant.
- Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, patients, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel and the general public.
- Must possess the ability to work harmoniously with professional and non-professional personnel.
Physical Requirements: The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.
- Frequent extremely heavy physical effort (lift, carry, push, pull 50 lbs or more)
- Frequent standing/walking
- Lifts, positions, pushes and/or transfers patients
- Lifts supplies/equipment
- Manual dexterity and mobility
- Considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching
- Visual acuity with or without correction
- Acute sense of hearing with or without correction
Working Conditions: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work typically performed by an employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
- Regularly exposed to the risk of bloodborne disease, infections and contagious disease
- May be exposed to biohazardous, radioactive substances, toxic chemicals
- May be exposed to explosive chemicals, gases and low level radiation
- Subject to burns and cuts
- Contact with patients under wide variety of circumstances
- Exposed to unpleasant elements (accidents, injuries and illness)
- Handles emergency or crisis situations
- May perform emergency care
- Requires judgment/action which could have a significant impact on a patient’s life
- May be exposed to all types of weather and temperatures
Required Protective Equipment:
Gown, medical gloves, face shield as necessary and other equipment as required by OSHA regulations and hospital policy.
Review: I have read and understand the job description for the position of Paramedic. The expectations of my job have been explained to me and I have had an opportunity to ask questions. I acknowledge that the contents of this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by person assigned to this position and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills of the person so classified. Further, I certify that I am capable of meeting the personal/ physical/licensure/certification requirements of this position.
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, hourly.