Under the direction of the EMS Officer, the incumbent in this professional class is responsible for performing professional-level work in developing EMS related lesson plans, providing EMS education, and evaluating and participating in the EMS continuous quality improvement (CQI) plan.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives direction from assigned supervisory and management personnel. Exercises direct supervision over technical and administrative staff.
The EMS Nurse / Educator is a stand-alone classification. The EMS Nurse/Educator is distinguished from other classifications by its responsibility for development and provision of EMS education and CQI.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.
Identifies, develops, delivers and evaluates education for the on-going development, accreditation, certification and recertification of Paramedics (EMT-P) and Emergency Medical Technicians-I/Basic (EMT-I) in compliance with EMS Continuing Education, and adherence to Riverside County EMS Agency policies & protocols, California Code of Regulations, state law, and federal standards.
Develops and implements continuous quality improvement (CQI) programs by reviewing and analyzing EMS effectiveness, system trends, and needs in an effort to ensure EMS system excellence; develops and assists in the formulation of policies and procedures.
Serves as a co-liaison for EMS-related issues with State and Local regulatory agencies, base hospital personnel, paramedic receiving center personnel, other fire agencies, medical equipment suppliers, paramedic training institutes, citizens, and other agencies / individuals associated with pre-hospital care. Develops and maintains effective working relations, information sharing / dissemination, conflict resolution, and compliance with applicable regulations and policies.
Supervises paramedic training candidates throughout the training process.
Assists in evaluating and selecting equipment and supplies appropriate for pre-hospital emergency medical care.
Assists in monitoring and evaluating section expenditures, which includes: recommending budget items, evaluating past fiscal spending, anticipating future spending, and performing other related activities.
Participates on a variety of committees as a representative for CFD to ensure that the department?s interests are represented.
Coordinates and supervises the delivery of EMS continuing education programs; oversees the activities of any contracted EMS educators.
Implements the CFD Infection Control Plan and serves as the Designated Infection Control Officer to ensure adequate employee protection; post-exposure care management and follow-up; and compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
In conjunction with the Department Medical Director and EMS Officer, assists in monitoring the Department Narcotics program.
Performs a periodic ride-along with the field personnel to observe field decisions and implementation of treatment protocols, policies and procedures.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment review and evaluation, discipline, and the training of staff in work procedures.
Principles and practices of leadership.
Principles and practices of emergency medical care procedures and practices.
Principles and practices of pre-hospital delivery systems.
Principles and practices on mitigation of communicable diseases.
Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures related to area of responsibility.
Principles and practices of adult learning theory.
Principles and practices of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) principles.
Principles and practices of budget development and administration, and allocation of resources within budget constraints.
City and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols.
Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff.
The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination, including computers and software programs relevant to work performed.
Select and supervise staff, provide training and development opportunities, ensure work is performed effectively, and evaluate performance in an objective and positive manner.
Identify, develop, and implement goals, objectives, action plans, practices, policies, standard operating procedures, and work standards in collaboration with other departments.
Plan, organize, direct and coordinate functions and activities with City staff and other governmental, public, and private organizations.
Develop and implement Continuous Quality Improvement programs.
Review and analyze section programs and effectiveness.
Make sound decisions in emergency situations.
Evaluate and select equipment and supplies.
Select paramedic training candidates.
Analyze situations and adopt a quick effective and responsible course of action.
Prepare and deliver training programs.
Prepare clear and concise reports, documentation, and correspondence.
Understand and interpret laws, ordinances, and departmental policies and procedures.
Effectively represent the department and the City in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups, various business, professional, and regulatory organizations, and in meetings with individuals.
Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
Effectively use computer systems, software applications relevant to work performed, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Education and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:
Equivalent to a bachelor?s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in nursing or a related field.
Four (4) years of experience in the delivery of emergency medical care and / or clinical CQI oversight and education delivery.
Previous work experience as a Mobile Intensive Care Nurse, EMT- Paramedic, Pre-Hospital Care Instructor/Program Director, or Base Hospital Coordinator is desirable.
Licenses and Certifications:
Possession of a California Registered Nurse Licensure, to be maintained throughout employment.
Possession of a valid California Driver?s License, to be maintained throughout employment.
California Paramedic Licensure is desirable.
PHYSICAL/MENTAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
While performing the duties of this class, an employee is regularly required to sit; talk or hear, in person, in meetings, and by telephone; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; operate a motor vehicle; and reach with hands and
arms. The employee is frequently required to walk and stand and lift and carry records and documents involving the need to exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and / or up to 10 pounds of force frequently.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this class, the employee is regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret complex data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; observe and interpret people and situations; use math and mathematical reasoning; learn and apply new information or skills; perform highly detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks with constant interruptions; work under intensive deadlines and interact with City management, other governmental officials, contractors, vendors, employees and the public.
Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.