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Position Details

Department: PCH-MAIN | Vascular Access Service
Category: Patient Care Svcs(Tech & Asst)
Location: Phoenix
Posting #: 693726
Date Posted: 8/24/2022
Employee Type: Regular

Position Summary

The Vascular Access Assistant (VAA) is a phlebotomist with specialized training to perform intravascular blood specimen collection. The VAA assists the Vascular Access Specialist (VAS) in the preparation and implementation of vascular access devices (VAD) on patients ranging in age from neonates through adulthood. The VAA will collaborate with the healthcare team, the patient and their family to deliver the most appropriate care and minimize discomfort based upon clinical need and developmental parameters. The Vascular Access Service department responds to vascular access needs of patients in all areas of the healthcare organization including inpatient, outpatient, surgical, emergency and ambulatory departments.

PCH Values

  • Family-Centered care that focuses on the need of the child first and values the family as an important member of the care team
  • Excellence in clinical care, service and communication
  • Collaborative within our institution and with others who share our mission and goals
  • Leadership that set the standard for pediatric health care today and innovations of the future
  • Accountability to our patients, community and each other for providing the best in the most cost-effective way.

Position Duties

  1. Clinical Care for Assigned Patients
    • Obtains blood samples as ordered by department physicians and delegated to the Vascular Access Services (VAS) department. Reviews orders for accuracy and ensures proper obtainment, labeling, and transfer of laboratory samples. Refers patients to VAS on unobtained sample attempts as necessary. Refers patient with difficult access to VAS team member for appropriate Vascular Access Device (VAD) assessment. Coordinates with physicians and medical personnel to verify orders, as necessary.
  2. Collaborative Care with Supervising Licensed Professional
    • Works directly with VAS team to secure and stabilize patients for VAD insertion and associated procedures. Shares observations and outcomes with healthcare team and families to ensure timely communication and understanding of patient health status, progress, and ongoing needs. Monitors and reports safety concerns utilizing appropriate and approved facility reporting methods.
  3. Teamwork
    • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing required activities within established parameters to ensure compliance with all applicable medication, storage and documentation standards, regulations, and requirements.
  4. Education
    • Provides resource education to staff on VADs, and provides ongoing family/patient education in relation to VAD maintenance and monitoring to ensure familiarity with device safety and care requirements.
  5. Communication/Documentation
    • Documents patient progress in appropriate charts. Works collaboratively with patient care team and family members to establish and implement access plan of care to ensure coordination of activities and ongoing communication of patient health status. Performs daily dressing site checks and scheduled/unscheduled dressing site changes based upon patient condition and necessity.
  6. Performs miscellaneous job related duties as requested.

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Position Qualifications

Please review the following qualifications and specify whether you meet each of the requirements listed.
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Education
1. Completion of a course of study leading to a high school diploma or equivalent. Required
2. Completion of a phlebotomy course certificate. Required
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Experience
1. Minimum one year experience working as a phlebotomist with pediatric populations. Required
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Certifications/Licenses/Registries
1. Current National Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) designation. Preferred
2. Current BLS certification from American Heart Association. Required
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Special Skills
1. Phlebotomy experience within a pediatric population Preferred
2. High level skill in critical thinking related to phlebotomy. Required
3. Ability to work with minimal to moderate supervision. Required
4. Excellent communication and teaching skills. Required
5. Willingness to maintain and improve knowledge level related to vascular access with seminars, magazines, books, journals and available media options. Required
Physical Requirements & Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential
1. Physical Requirement - Climbing Occasionally
2. Physical Requirement - Feeling (sensing textures and temperatures) Constantly
3. Physical Requirement - Fine Motor Skills (pinching, gripping, etc) Constantly
4. Physical Requirement - Hearing Constantly
5. Physical Requirement - Pushing/pulling Constantly
6. Physical Requirement - Reaching Constantly
7. Physical Requirement - Sitting Occasionally
8. Physical Requirement - Standing Frequently
9. Physical Requirement - Stooping/crouching/kneeling/crawling Frequently
10. Physical Requirement - Talking Frequently
11. Physical Requirement - Tasting/smelling Occasionally
12. Physical Requirement - Walking Constantly
13. Physical Requirement - Near Vision Constantly
14. Physical Requirement - Far Vision Constantly
15. Physical Requirement - Color Discrimination Frequently
16. Physical Requirement - Use of keyboard, mouse and/or computer equipment Constantly
17. Physical Requirement - Lift up to 35 pounds without assistance Frequently
18. Physical Requirement - Lift more than 35 pounds without assistance Occasionally
19. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Inside office environment Applicable
20. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Airborne communicable diseases Applicable
21. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Bloodborne pathogens or bodily fluid Applicable
22. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Fumes or airborne particles Applicable
23. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Hazardous materials exposure Applicable
24. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Radiation exposure Applicable
25. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Toxic or caustic chemicals Applicable
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