Paramedic - Progressive Care Unit, 48 hours bi-weekly

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Job Type: 

Req ID: 26335

Shift: Rotating

Employment Status: AP - Active - Regular - Part Time 

Job Summary

Provides direct and indirect care duties under the guidance and direction of the registered nurse. Performs a variety of invasive and non-invasive technical skills and specialized patient care procedures as well as other duties to support the operations for a 24-hour critical care setting in the Progressive Care Unit.  This unit cares for medically fragile children that are trach and ventilator dependent.

Job Responsibilities

Assists in the provision of care to patients and families.

  • Performs or assists RN with initial admission when patients are admitted to the unit and documents as appropriate.
  • Documents patient care, vital signs, weights and allergies as specified by department and hospital guidelines
  • Quickly and accurately communicates patient information to the appropriate team member.
  • Transport and transfer patients to other departments and areas. Utilize appropriate techniques and equipment to transport patients.
  • Distinguishes between normal and abnormal findings,  recognizes clinical deterioration and escalating care appropriately
  • Provides 1:1 observation


Performs or assists with various procedures under direction of RN

  • Tracheostomy changes and replacement
  • Peripheral IV insertion
  • Suctioning
  • Obtaining and prepares supplies for procedures
  • Assists with positioning  patients for various procedures and specimen collections including lumbar punctures
  • Oxygen administration as ordered/needed
  • EKGs as ordered
  • Wound care and dressing application
  • Bladder catheterization and foley insertion as per CHOP procedure
  • OG/NG placement
  • Spinal immobilization
  • Positioning, immobilization, lifting, transfer, and turning of patients.


Assists with respiratory care procedures

  • Nebulizer treatments
  • MDIs
  • Administers oxygen as ordered/needed


Maintain proficiency with transport and patient care equipment including, but not limited to, monitors, infusion pumps.


Monitor medications and IV fluids as outlined by policies and procedures within scope of practice.

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Provides technical expertise with telephones to ensure effective communication with the bedside nurse.


Promotes family centered care in the PCU/ Critical Care environment.


Performs daily checklists in a timely manner correcting quality issues or following up on maintenance issues per department policy.


Supports the maintenance of established supply levels


Participates in Professional Practice Model


Participates in precepting new staff as well as with the education and training of students in the PCU


Complies with all CHOP and PCU policies and procedures.

  • Maintains equipment readiness, including cleanliness, equipment and supplies.
  • Actively participates in patient review and performance improvement projects.
  • Participates in PCU data collection.
  • Assumes self-directed role during low periods of activity.
  • Attends all required staff meetings and educational activities
  • Recognizes own limitations and seeks appropriate resources for continued professional development
  • Provides for own development and the development of the staff by attending and conducting educational activities.
  • Serves as a contributing member of PCU/hospital wide committees.
  • Independently maintains required certifications.


Assists with obtaining laboratory specimens

  • Performs venipuncture/phlebotomy according to CHOP standards
  • Performs Point of Care Testing including blood glucose, pH and I-Stat Testing


Performs daily checklists in a timely manner correcting quality issues or following up on maintenance issues per department policy.


Must stay current with important communication.  Frequent review of email and other forms of communication is necessary.

Job Responsibilities (Continued)
Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations
EMT-Paramedic by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Current ACLS and NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) or within 6 months of employment.
Required Education and Experience

Required Education: High School diploma / GED. According to the CMS (Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services) a copy of diploma or transcript is required as proof of academic achievement for all non-laboratory personnel performing non-waived POC testing

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Experience:

  • Two (2) or more years of previous paramedic experience.  Previous experience in multiple clinical areas.

Additional Technical Requirements
  • Ability to perform clinical technical tasks, ability to communicate effectively with people of all ages. 
  • Basic knowledge of growth and development. 
  • New hires will be given training, but must evidence these abilities by the end of probation to be retained.

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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