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Orthopedic Technician - Per Diem - Bakersfield

Company: Kern Medical
Location: Bakersfield
Posted on: January 15, 2019

Job Description:

Kern Medical has been a community cornerstone since its founding in 1867. Today, we are an acute care teaching center with 222 beds, offering the only advanced trauma care between Fresno and Los Angeles. Kern Medical offers a range of primary, specialty, and multi-specialty services including high-risk pregnancy care, inpatient psychiatric services integrated with county mental health programs, and a growing network of outpatient clinics providing personalized patient-centered wellness care. Kern Medical cares for 15,500 inpatients and 125,000 clinic patients a year.

  • Per Diem employees supplement department staffing needs, with no guarantee of minimum hours.
  • Per Diem minimum scheduling expectation is one (1) shift per four week schedule.

    Position: Orthopedic Technician- Per Diem - Shift

    Kern Medical provides local, integrated outpatient clinics across most specialties. Outpatient services include orthopedics, fresh fractures, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, family practice, internal medicine, oncology and infusion, cardiology, surgery, trauma, gastrointestinal, nephrology, ENT and neurology. We also offer two-way electronic telemedicine.

    Job Description

    Under direction, assists more experienced Orthopedic Technicians in applying casts to orthopedic patients and placing patients in traction; assists in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of safe therapeutic care of orthopedic patients.

    DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is the entry level within the Orthopedic Technician flexible series. The classification provides for basic training in common orthopedic technical procedures and experience toward advancement to the next level.

    Promotion is based on demonstrated skill, recommendation of the department head and approval of the Vice President of Human Resources.

    Essential Functions:

    • Assists more experienced staff in applying casts while fractures are being properly aligned and immobilized; assists in applying casts after surgery; changing casts and dressings.
    • Assists in preparation of equipment needed for traction; assists more experienced staff in placing patients in traction.
    • Assists in providing services to patients as appropriate to the ages of the patients served.
    • Assists in obtaining and interpreting information in terms of the patient's needs.
    • Learns to demonstrate knowledge of growth and development and/or aging process and understand the range of treatment needed by the patients.
    • Prepares casting materials; assists in maintaining adequate supplies of equipment and materials and in maintaining a clean and safe working environment.
    • Assists in the daily operations of the Orthopedic Clinic.
    • Assists with providing appropriate instructions to patients; assists in the assessment of patient/family level of understanding and adjusts instructions accordingly.
    • Participates in departmental continuing education program, quality management activities and other departmental requirements.
    • Dependent upon area of practice or department assignments, demonstrates clinical knowledge and skill in the care of the newborn, infant, toddler, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient ranging up to 100+ years of age.
    • Promotes positive customer relations.
    • Other Functions:

      • Performs other related duties as required

        Employment Standards:

        High School Diploma, G.E.D. or equivalent ANDone (1) year of patient care experience in an orthopedic outpatient facility, inpatient orthopedic unit, emergency facility or equivalent experience in an orthopedic physician's office.

        Successful completion of a six-month allied health program which has included patient care activities may be substituted for the required experience.


        Possession and maintenance of a current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) card. Appointees not possessing the BLS card must successfully complete appropriate training and qualify for the BLS card within 60 days of employment.

        Knowledge of: basic human anatomy; various types of orthopedic equipment and supplies; current standards of practice.

        Ability to: deal tactfully and sympathetically with patients; learn to identify patient needs; establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of health care workers; demonstrate effective communication skills.


        • Employees must maintain all health requirements designated by Kern Medical;
        • Depending on assignment incumbents may be required to possess and maintain specific certificates of competency as a condition of employment;
        • A background check may be required for this classification.

          All Kern Medical employees are designated"Disaster Service Workers". In the event of a disaster or civil disorder, all Kern Medical employees are to remain at work or to report to work in a safe and practicable manner.

          Keywords: Kern Medical, Bakersfield , Orthopedic Technician - Per Diem - Bakersfield, Professions , Bakersfield, California

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