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The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Technician provides excellent patient care for all services in Companion Animal Hospital including Emergency and Critical Care, Surgery, Internal medicine, Oncology, Cardiology and Neurology.
Primary responsibility is to provide the best patient care possible including; monitoring patient status using a variety of equipment along with hands on assessment, administering medications(including controlled substances and chemotherapy), intravenous infusion therapies, providing nutritional support (Enteral/ Parenteral) and oxygen as requested by clinician throughout shift, veno-punture for the placement of intravenous catheters, blood sampling and administration of drugs, monitoring and maintaining various indwelling tubes including tracheostomy, chest and feeding and a variety of catheters including intravenous (multi-lumen, central, peripheral) urinary and arterial.
General nursing care is continual including maintaining a clean and comfortable holding area, walking and general grooming.
Treatment sheets are used as a primary form of communication for clinicians to request specific treatment regimen. The ICU LVT reviews sheets for completion, accuracy of drug dosages, treatment protocols. The ICU LVT uses this sheet to assist in determining clinician requests but continue to use critical thinking skills to determine other patient care needs. Expected to maintain controlled drug logs and use basic computer program to enter data.
Assists and instructs residents, interns and students during procedures and treatments. Must develop and maintain excellent working relationship and professionalism within the ICU and with other users of ICU, including other team members, students, other service technicians, clinicians and clients.
The ICU LVT will be expected to assist with clinical investigations conducted within the CUHA including obtaining samples for data collection and nursing care.
The Cornell University Hospital for Animals provides 24-hour care for pets 365 days of the year. The schedule for this position requires flexibility to ensure that adequate patient care and service needs are provided without interruption or exception. Schedule will include University and calendar holiday coverage, as well as evening, weekend and overnight shifts to meet business needs. Cross-training with other services to support business continuity will be expected as time/business need allows. If business needs change, a position/individual may be realigned within the CUHA to a different shift or service.
Associates degree in Veterinary Technology, NYS licensure with 1-2 years exp. as an LVT.
Must develop and maintain excellent working relationships including communicating with staff, students, technicians, veterinarians and clients in a professional manner at all times.
Will be required to work collaboratively as a team member as well as independently in a fast-paced, demanding environment handling multiple tasks with competing deadlines, while paying close attention to details.
Ability to receive and offer constructive criticism, highly motivated, willing to help without being asked.
Must be able to meet the physical demands of the position, which include prolonged standing and kneeling, lifting and restraining animals that may exceed 50 pounds.
Rabies vaccinations are required and cost will be covered by employer.
Demonstrates the desire to provide advanced nursing care to critically ill patients.
** As a note Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
** Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
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