LOCATION: Sengstacke (500 E. 51st St., Chicago, IL. 60615)
SHIFT: 09:00am to 5:00pm
Under the direction of the Ophthalmologist and associated medical staff of Cook County Health and Hospitals Systems (CCHHS), the Ophthalmic Technician Trainee provides technical guidance and assistance to support the evaluation, treatment and management of patient's receiving eye care. Uses comprehensive knowledge to train staff on how to handle and use equipment accurately. Acts as a liaison between the patient and Ophthalmologist with the ability to identify and respond to emergency situations in a professional manner.
Review charts and collects medical history; determines urgency of condition and initiates appropriate care as necessary
Documents collected information into the electronic medical record
Applies drops to anesthetize, dilate or medicate eyes to prepare the patient for testing
Performs accurate and consistent patient care testing to include, but not limited to, applanation tonometry and tono-pen tonometry, refractometry, corneal topography and keratometry and pachymetry used to test and measure eye function and visual acuity to diagnose and treat eye disorders and disease; requires a collection of multiple data sets to allow for proper diagnosis
Records data results of patient care testing to identify and support the need for specialized care, as deemed appropriate
Provides educational literature and gives instructions to patients concerning recommendations for eye care
Designs care plans and implements treatment, as directed
Checks calibration of equipment and makes adjustments
Prepares the necessary equipment and supplies for exams and procedures; cleans and sterilizes equipment before and after each use
Practices standards of sterile technique and infection control
Maintains inventory of medical and surgical supplies; reorders as necessary to prevent shortages
Trains staff by providing technical consultation and guidance to ensure handling and operating equipment is accurate and meets compliance standards
Maintains a high regard for patient confidentiality and HIPAA compliance
Attends all mandatory CCHHS training sessions and department meetings
Assumes responsibility for the maintenance of any necessary licensure/certification through continuing education, conferences, meetings, seminars, etc.
Adheres to policies, procedures, quality and safety standards
Performs other duties as assigned
· High School Diploma or GED (Must provide proof at time of interview)
· Currently enrolled in a Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) program in a pathway to obtaining a current and valid certification as a Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) no later than one (1) year after starting employment and after meeting the followed criteria:
-A. Complete 1,000 approved work hours under the supervision of an Ophthalmologist with an authorized letter of completion.
-B. After one (1) month of employment must submit evidence of submitting COT exam request.
-C. After five (5) months following exam submission provide results of the exam,
-Repeat B. and C. if necessary. If COT exam is not passed after completing one (1) year of employment the employee will be terminated.
· Experience working with standard and surgical ophthalmic equipment and supplies
· Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings and week
When applying for employment with the Cook County Health & Hospitals System, preference is given to honorably discharged Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States for not less than 6 months of continuous service
To take advantage of this preference a Veteran must :
Meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
Identify self as a Veteran on the employment application by answering yes to the question by answering yes to the question,
The Cook County Health & Hospitals System’s mission is to deliver integrated health services with dignity and respect regardless of a patient’s ability to pay; foster partnerships with other health providers and communities to enhance the health of the public; and advocate for policies that promote the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the people of Cook County. CCHHS is comprised of two hospitals, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital and Provident Hospital, a robust network of more than a dozen community health centers, the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, the Community Triage Center, the Cook County Department of Public Health, Cermak Health Services, which provides health care to individuals at the Cook County Jail and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and CountyCare, a Medicaid managed care health plan.The system cares for more than 300,000 patients each year and its physicians are experts in their fields, committed to providing their patients with comprehensive, compassionate and cutting-edge care. Today, CCHHS is transforming the provision of health care in Cook County by promoting community-based primary and preventive care, growing an innovative, collaborative health plan and enhancing the patient experience.