• Requisition Number: 3648
  • Department: DUKE HOSPITAL
  • Location: Durham
  • Type of Position: Regular
  • Specialty: Emergency Service/Trauma
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Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 51 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; an Ambulatory Surgery Center with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. In fiscal year 2018, Duke University Hospital admitted 42,916 patients and had 1,085,740 outpatient visits in fiscal year 2017.


U.S News & World Report named Duke University Hospital #1 in North Carolina and #1 in the Raleigh-Durham area in 2018-19.


Duke University Hospital is ranked in the top 20 nationally for seven adult specialties, including cardiology and heart surgery, nephrology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology.


In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.


Duke Nursing Highlights:


  • Duke University Health System is designated as a Magnet® organization
  • Nurses from each hospital are consistently recognizedeach year as North Carolina’s Great 100 Nurses.
  • Duke University Health System was awarded the American Board of Nursing Specialties Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy for being strong advocates of specialty nursing certification.
  • Duke University Health System has 6000 + registered nurses
  • Quality of Life: Living in the Triangle!
  • Relocation Assistance!


Paramedic I – Duke University Health System - Duke Life Flight


Duke University Health System seeks to hire a Paramedic I who will embrace our mission of Transforming Lives Transforming Care.


Duke University Health System’s Life Flight team supports over 20 critical care procedures independently. The patient population is 22-23 week gestation neonates to geriatric (all ages). In this department you work with interdisciplinary teams including, Basic Life Support EMT’s, single provider ALS Paramedic, Clinical Nurses, Respiratory Therapist (Neo/Peds team) and Critical Care Paramedics.


Job Summary:
The Paramedic will perform a variety of activities associated with the Life Flight Critical Care Transport service to include operation of the Life Flight Ground Critical Care Transport ambulance and medical support systems, and assist with operations of associated satellite base and ongoing continuing education outreach program. The Paramedic will provide direct patient care within their scope of practice for ALS I, ALS II, or BLS patient care transports.


Work Hours & Shifts:
Full Time: Rotating
Location: Durham Base


Level I (Advanced Life Support Paramedic)

*Complete vehicle inspection and documentation each shift and complete a road test of assigned ambulance(s). Responsible for minor repairs to the unit to include but not limited to: changing light bulbs, replenishing fluids, tightening nuts and bolts, inspecting tires, etc. Responsible for daily maintenance including fueling and cleaning of vehicle. Responsible for reporting minor and major repair needs to the site specific Fleet Safety Coordinator, Clinical Team Lead, and/or Program Manager.
*Responsible for assisting with patient care as requested to include loading and unloading, operation of commonly used equipment and providing family members information/directions to Duke.
*Responsible for providing direct patient care on ALS I, ALS II or BLS transports, not to exceed beyond the scope of The Paramedic as defined by the NCOEMS and approved by local medical direction, and documenting in the electronic medical record.
*Responsible for replenishing oxygen and medical supplies used during transport.
*Demonstrates safe driving skills and ability to use technology to complete missions??? safely.
*Assist with continuing education outreach programs and public relations events as assigned.
*Provide staffing coverage to all bases as needed. Assist units within Duke University Hospital when necessary.
*Other duties as assigned.Required Qualifications at this Level


Successful completion of a United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) centered or similar approved Paramedic Course.



Level I
*Preferred three years prehospital experience with a moderate volume (15,000-20,000 calls/year) 911 agency.


Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification:

Level I
*Current certification as a North Carolina Paramedic or have the ability to obtain certification in the State of North Carolina.
*NC Emergency Vehicle Driver certification or comparable.
*ACLS, PALS, ITLS (or PHTLS) and BLS required upon hire. (NRP within 6 months of hire).
*Current Class C drivers license. Current three (3) year driving history absent of violations.


Knowledge Skills and abilities:
*Operating knowledge of ambulance/ fire truck or vehicle equivalent to the Duke Life Flight ambulances.
*Demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
*Ability to successfully complete post offer job testing for physical fitness. Vision must be 20/40 corrected


Level I
*Operating knowledge of ambulance/ fire truck or vehicle equivalent to the Duke Life Flight ambulances.
*Demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
*Ability to successfully complete post offer job testing for physical fitness. Vision must be 20/40 corrected

Physical requirements (height/weight restrictions):
- No greater than 240 lbs. in full uniform and no greater than 6' 4" in height.


Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Emergency Service/Trauma