• Staff Paramedic Specialist

    Job Locations US-IA-Mount Pleasant
    Job ID
    80 hours/pay period
  • Overview

    Must hold current Iowa Paramedic certification, along with BLS, ACLS, and PALS certification.  Excellent clinical and communication skills.

     Under general supervision, provides advanced emergency medical treatment and transports ill or injured persons. Is responsible for:  performance of patient care activities, documentation, daily routine operations, performance of CQI activities, participation in educational programs and inservices as well as performance of miscellaneous related duties.  This position has exposure to blood borne pathogens and requires orientation and annual retraining regarding proper handling of blood borne pathogens.


    1. Communicates effectively with patients, students, and the public.
    2. Acts as formal/informal role model for first responder, EMT-B, and paramedic students doing field internships.
    3. Participates in public relations and education efforts.
    4. Explains care and treatment to patients and their families. Provides for the psychological and emotional welfare of the patient and family.
    5. Communicates from field with medical control and allied emergency personnel.
    6. Applies knowledge and skills of emergency prehospital care and treatment.
    7. Acts within state of Iowa scope of practice for the Paramedic Specialist level.
    8. Provides basic patient assessment and care including assessment and management of the patient’s airway, breathing, and circulatory status.
    9. Maintains competency in basic and advanced airway skills.
    10. Displays knowledge of dosage, route, indication, and administration of medications.
    11. Completes required skills maintenance and competency standards.
    12. Displays proficiency in vascular access, including IV/IO techniques.
    13. Performs capably and competently under stressful situations. Demonstrates competence during life threatening situations. Correctly interprets individual situations and acts according to protocol. Is calm and decisive in new or stressful situations. Recognizes limitations and seeks help from appropriate sources. Prioritizes patients’ conditions. Triages appropriately and according to protocol during a multi-casualty incident.
    14. Knows the principles of anatomy, physiology, and patient care used in emergency pre-hospital medicine.
    15. Operates and maintains ambulance associated equipment.
    16. Safely drives emergency vehicle in accordance with Iowa law and HCHC policy.
    17. Maintains emergency vehicles, medical, and communications equipment.
    18. Performs equipment checks.
    19. Professional development.
    20. Attends 80% of staff meetings/in-services.
    21. Attends 100% of mandatory in-services or meetings.
    22. Completes CEH’s to maintain Paramedic Specialist certification.
    23. Maintains current course completion status in BLS, ACLS, PALS, and PHTLS. AMLS/EPC certification encouraged.
    24. Maintains course completion in EVOC. Annual refresher training required.
    25. Performs assigned and requested hospital duties.
    26. Assists other hospital departments as requested. Participates as a member of all required emergency response teams.
    27. Assists in controlling of combative patients.
    28. Maintains the cleanliness of the work environment.
    29. Respects patient confidentiality.
    30. Attends to required duties in the Print Shop
    31. Provides for a secure and safe environment.
    32. Anticipates safety and security concerns.
    33. Performs in potentially hazardous situations with proper consideration as to the safety of patient, vehicle, partner, and oneself.
    34. Utilizes proper lifting technique at all times.
    35. Utilizes appropriate infection control procedures.
    36. Cooperates as a team member of the department.
    37. Adapts to shift work, on call, and overtime.
    38. Follows uniform policy; displays good grooming habits.
    39. Schedules patient transfers appropriately.
    40. Arrives in the department on time and ready to work.
    41. Receptive to change and cooperates in implementation.
    42. Completes written documentation.
    43. Completes accurate and complete documents and charges.
    44. Completes documentation before the end of scheduled shift.

    Physical Demands: Activities performed on a regular and consistent basis

    1. Climbing
    2. Balancing
    3. Stooping
    4. Kneeling
    5. Crouching
    6. Reaching
    7. Standing
    8. Walking
    9. Pushing
    10. Pulling
    11. Lifting
    12. Fingering
    13. Grasping
    14. Feeling
    15. Talking
    16. Hearing
    17. Repetitive motions


    Physical requirements of the Position – heavy/very heavy physical demand level. Associate may be required to lift and/or carry 100 lbs on an occasional basis. Frequently required to lift over 50 lbs and over 20 lbs more frequently.

    1. Visual Acuity
      1. It is essential for an associate in this position to be able to identify the shape, size, motion, and color of objects.
      2. Normal depth perception is required.
      3. Associate should have 20/20 vision with corrective lenses.
    2. Physical Surroundings and Hazards
      1. The worker is subject to a combination of environmental conditions with activities occurring inside and outside.
      2. The worker is subject to extreme cold with temperatures below 32 degrees for periods of more than one hour.
      3. The worker is subject to extreme heat with temperatures above 100 degrees for periods of more than one hour.
      4. The worker is subject to noise which requires the worker to shout in order to be heard above the ambient noise level.
      5. The worker is subject to hazards including a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat, or exposure to chemicals.
      6. The worker is subject to atmospheric conditions with one or more of the following conditions that affect the respiratory system or the skin: fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, or poor ventilation.
      7. The worker is subject to oils with air and/or skin exposure to oils and other cutting fluids.
      8. The worker may be required to wear a respiratory.
      9. The worker may be exposed to infectious materials during the routine performance of work.
      10. The worker may be exposed to toxic materials during the routine performance of work.


    1. Abilities – Associate in this position must demonstrate the ability to:
    2. Communicate effectively with all associates and visitors.
    3. Works independently under general supervision.
    4. Works weekends and holidays.
    5. Thinks, acts, and responds to emergency situations.
    6. Assists in the orientation of new associates.
    7. Provides clinical and field internship experience for EMS students.
    8. Performs clinical skills while observing BSI precautions.
    9. Performs emergency medical treatment.
    10. Drives an emergency medical vehicle.
    11. Meets residency requirement.
    12. Responds to HCHC in less than ten minutes while on call.


    1. Education and Experience
      1. Graduation from a Paramedic Specialist program
    2. Annual Requirements, Licensure, and certification
      1. Complete physical exam requirements that may be mandated by HCHC.
      2. Possess a current valid Paramedic Specialist certification as issued by the IDPH Bureau of EMS.
      3. Continue to obtain necessary CEH requirements to ensure (#2).
      4. Possess current, valid certifications as specified in Section II, Paragraph D.
      5. Possess a current, valid chauffeur license.
    3. Machines, Tools, Equipment, and Work Aids.
      1. EMS vehicle
      2. Sphygmomanometer and stethoscope
      3. Bandages and dressings
      4. Various splinting devices
      5. VHF/UHF radios including pagers
      6. Spinal immobilization equipment
      7. Cardiac monitor/defibrillator
      8. Oxygen delivery equipment
      9. Airway adjuncts
      10. PASG
      11. IV solutions and equipment
      12. Needles and syringes
      13. Medications as approved by the Medical Director


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