Overnight Veterinary ICU Technician

Colorado Springs, CO

Position Overview 

The Overnight ICU Technician performs a variety of patient and client-care duties, conducts patient assessments and performs procedures and treatments. This person communicates clearly with the veterinarians, other hospital personnel, and clients to ensure that patients receive the care they need. They administer medications, provide supportive care and advanced monitoring. They triage multiple patients admitted into ICU from all of the practices within the Veterinary Specialty Center. Thus, initiating their medical care and providing continued monitoring as instructed in a variety of cases. The Overnight ICU Technician provides patients and clients comfort by keeping the hospital clean and presentable.


The Overnight ICU Technician works 12+ hour shifts with a combination of working and on-call shifts. 


Reporting Structure 

Directly reports to the Nursing Manager. This position is a non-supervisory role.


Essential Functions

  • Provides compassionate patient care, keeping patients clean, dry, and comfortable.
  • Alerts the veterinarian(s) to changes in patients’ condition.
  • Recognizes patients with contagious disease and follows relevant procedures.
  • Provides safe and effective patient restraint.
  • Medicates patients by order of prescribing veterinarian or technician.
  • Uses proper safety techniques and positioning for radiological procedures.
  • Triages patient needs and prioritizes treatments accordingly
  • Performs procedures such as IV catheterization and other common treatments.
  • Performs venipuncture on all common veins.
  • Places urinary catheters
  • Places nasal cannulas for oxygen delivery
  • Interprets/Monitors ECG’s
  • Manages tubes such as chest and feeding tubes
  • Assists with and documents patient treatments.
  • Walks, cleans, and feeds patients.
  • Fills prescriptions accurately; asks for guidance if necessary.
  • Runs lab tests as needed in hospital.
  • Places nasoesophageal and nasogastric tubes in patients. 
  • Completes medical records accurately and efficiently.
  • Keeps the hospital clean and stocked.
  • Launders soiled blankets, towels, and other linens.
  • Demonstrates initiative in everyday duties by seeking other work during down times, assisting other employees, and filling in for other employees as needed.

Additional Duties

  • Troubleshooting of ICU equipment
  • Attend ICU meetings
  • Performs downtime projects such as organizing/cleaning 
  • Fill down time with tasks outline on ICU Downtime Duties Checklist

Requirements

  • Education equivalent to the completion of the 12th grade.
  • Veterinary Technician Certification (CVT) preferred but not required.
  • Veterinary Technician Specialist Certification (VTS) preferred but not required.
  • At least 3 years of recent experience in veterinary practice, with increasing responsibilities.
  • Preferred 1+ years experience with in-patient management but not required
  • Demonstrates ability to accurately manage and record detailed information in medical records and other data-management systems.
  • Ability to properly restrain patients.
  • Knowledge of spelling and meaning of commonly used veterinary medical terminology and procedures.
  • Ability to complete assigned tasks in the time allotted without direct supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to show empathy toward clients and treat animals with respect and compassion.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • A commitment to outstanding client service.


Physical Demands

  • Ability to lift objects weighing 40 pounds without assistance and objects weighing more than 40 pounds with assistance.
  • Ability to stay on task and work energetically for the entire shift, sometimes exceeding 12 hours per day.
  • Must be able to withstand unpleasant odors and noises. 
  • Must be able to move freely unassisted.
  • Must be able to wear a face mask for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to kneel/crouch/push/pull.
  • Must be able to sit and stand for the entire shift, sometimes exceeding 12 hours per day.
  • Must be able to work overnight shifts, sometimes exceeding 12 hours per day. 
  • Must be able to read/write and communicate via telephone unassisted. 
  • Must be able to climb stairs/ladders.


 Working Conditions 

  • Exposure to live animals who may bite, scratch, jump and/or push/pull.
  • Exposure to loud sounds, animal waste (including cadavers) and contagious diseases.
  • Exposure to needles and other sharp objects.
  • Temperature - Normal temperature as would be expected in a hospital setting.
  • Indoor/outdoor - Primarily work indoors in a clinical setting with some exposure to outside elements such as when walking animals outdoors. Less than 5% outside work. 

$24-$31/hr

Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, Short and Long term disability, Free Mental Health Care, Life Insurance, Ancillary Plans, Uniform Allowance, CE Allowance and generous Pet Discount.