Careers in Health Care is a monthly question-and-answer feature that profiles Carroll Hospital Center Associates and highlights hospital career opportunities.
Joanne Hooper is a monitor tech in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU) who has worked at the hospital for nearly 19 years A member of the patient care services team, Joanne monitors the patients’ heart rates and rhythms.
The monitor tech position requires the completion of an arrhythmia course. Prior experience as a monitor tech, patient care tech or unit secretary is preferred.
Q: What are your job responsibilities?
A: I am the eyes and ears of the nurses. I document and watch for rhythm fluctuations and interpret what is notable and what needs immediate attention. I identify what could be a potential or active problem and inform the nurses immediately.
Q: What are basic requirements to be a monitor tech?
A: Because you are constantly monitoring patients, it’s important to remain organized and focused. You must be professional and a good communicator, as the job requires constant effective and accurate communication with physicians and nurses. Being detail oriented is an important trait so that documentation is thorough. Basic computer skills also are necessary to troubleshoot any monitor problems.
Q: What do you like the most about your job?
A: The position is very rewarding. The nursing staff will look to me as a reference and will ask my opinion of my interpretation of a rhythm. In this position, I truly feel as though I am making a difference in the patients’ lives. I also love the fact that I am able to learn something new every day. The physicians are very willing to teach, and I feel this makes me better at my job. It is a challenging and fast-paced position, and I love a challenge.
Q: What is it like working for the hospital?
A: I love the people I work with in all the different areas of the hospital. The hospital really promotes teamwork and fosters a warm and friendly environment. It makes me feel good about my job and about coming to work.
Interested in becoming a monitor tech at Carroll Hospital Center? We’re currently hiring for a variety of positions. Visit our Careers page to view all of our job opportunities.