The EP RN is responsible for collaborating with services internal and external to the VA to facilitate transition of care that effectively meet the patients needs. This includes chart reviews, telephone calls for pre-visit preparation or post visit follow up, participation in team huddles, collaborative management of high risk patients, and making follow up telephone calls to discharged patients. Must be proficient in the interrogation and programing of pacemakers and defibrillators. Duties include but are not limited to: - The EP RN has an understanding of theory, concepts and practice of two different modalities: Pacing and defibrillation therapy and Ablation therapy. - The EP RN applies his/her knowledge in the clinical setting to enhance the efficacy, safety and efficiency of electrophysiology procedures along with providing comfort and emotional support for our patients. - The EP RN is required to be detail-oriented and accurate with device interrogation and reporting. - Knowledge of the conduction system includes not only normal conduction, but elements of conduction pathology. Including application of theory and concepts associated with pacing and defibrillation therapy. - In depth knowledge of pacing concepts and terms, including advanced concepts of mode selection, refractory and blanking periods. Incumbent is able to apply these concepts to provide safe pacing therapy that is customized to the clinical needs of the patient. - Incumbent is able to safely perform device interrogation and perform system analysis through the pacemaker/defibrillator/bi-ventricular pacemaker/bi-ventricular defibrillator. - Demonstrated comprehension of theory, indications and concepts of defibrillation therapy. Under the direction of the physician, they are able to program implantable defibrillators, to perform inductions of potentially lethal arrhythmias and customize rescue therapies to safely cardiovert patients back to baseline rhythms. - Intervenes appropriately for any noted clinical variations in measured parameters, significant changes in rhythm or patient's condition. - Under the direction of the physician, they are able to discontinue and resume defibrillation therapy. - The EP RN is able to interpret internal electrograms (EGM's) from Pacemaker and ICD devices. - The EP RN is knowledgeable in normal intervals associated with internal EGM's and normal responses to pacing therapy. - Under the direction of the physician, the EP RN may perform pacing stimulation protocols to measure baseline conduction time, refractory periods, response to medication, arrhythmia inductions and arrhythmia termination. - Ability to access alerts device transmission alerts in a timely fashion, appropriately act on the findings of the transmission, and accurately chart findings and actions in EMR. - Telephone triage for patient's concerns. Follow -up as necessary, to ensure a satisfactory resolution. Consistently responds to customer request for assistance promptly and in a friendly and professional manner. - Post implant interrogation and patient teaching. Participates in policy, procedure, and protocol formation, maintains current knowledge of The Joint Commission requirements, significantly contributes to annual proficiency data. - Participates in assigned Hospital Committees and collegial teaching to staff within and outside of Cardiology. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30am to 4pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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