Sonographer - Radiology Department
Employment Type: Full-Time
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In collaboration with staff radiologists, this job independently performs advanced diagnostic ultrasound procedures in accordance with prescribed safety procedures and protocols. This job is a clinical mentor for junior staff and students.
Weekday, evening and weekend rotation
2 nights of call per week
Required - Completion of a CAHEA approved formal training program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Required - None.
Preferred - 2 years Sonographer experience
Required - Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) or registry eligible (required within 1 year of hire)
Advanced certification in area(s) of specialty according to facility need
Basic Life Support (BLS) from the American Heart Association
Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
* Must have computer skills and dexterity required for data entry and retrieval of patient information.
* Must be proficient with Windows-style applications and keyboard.
* Effective verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present information clearly and professionally to varying levels of individuals throughout the patient care process
* Must have computer skills and dexterity required for data entry and retrieval of information
* Must be proficient with Windows-style applications, various software packages specific to role and keyboard
* Knowledge of the anatomy of the liver, gallbladder, aorta, spleen, kidneys, bile ducts, and pancreas to perform abdominal ultrasound and the pathology of these organs to provide radiologists with a preliminary diagnosis
* Verifies physician order and procedure to assure accuracy
* Utilizes radiology information systems to facilitate care
* Explains procedure to patient to ensure understanding
* Independently operates equipment to complete imaging procedure according to protocol (including assisting radiologists in guided procedures in a variety of settings)
* Reviews patient images prior to transmission to ensure images meet diagnostic quality standards.
* Completes timely quality control procedures in accordance with regulatory standards and performing notification/remediation as warranted.
* Assists in the facilitation of departmental operations (inventory, staff schedules, equipment maintenance, etc.)
* Adapts behavior to the specific patient population, including but not limited to: respect for privacy, method of introduction to the patient, adapting explanation of services or procedures to be performed, requesting permissions and communication style.
* Other related duties as required.
Physical and Environmental Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Medium Work - Exerting 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. (Constantly: activity or condition exists 2/3 or more of the time) to move objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work. Even though the weight lifted may be only a negligible amount, a job should be rated Light Work: (1) when it requires walking or standing to a significant degree; or (2) when it requires sitting most of the time but entails pushing and/or pulling of arm or leg controls; and/or (3) when the job requires working at a production rate pace entailing the constant pushing and/or pulling of materials even though the weight of those materials is negligible. NOTE: The constant stress and strain of maintaining a production rate pace, especially in an industrial setting, can be and is physically demanding of a worker even though the amount of force exerted is negligible.
Mechanical lifting devices (carts, dollies, etc.) or team lifts should be utilized.
Must be able to work a flexible schedule (e.g. 24/7, weekend, holiday, on call availability)
Must be able to stoop, bend, reach and grab with arms and hands, manual dexterity.
Duties performed routinely require exposure to blood, body fluid and tissue.
The incumbent works in a patient care area; works in an area where patients enter; works directly with patients; and/or works with specimens that could contain communicable diseases. There may be an occupational risk for exposure to communicable diseases.
Because the incumbent works within a healthcare setting, there may be occupational risk for exposure to hazardous medications or hazardous waste within the environment through receipt, transport, storage, preparation, dispensing, administration, cleaning and/or disposal of contaminated waste. The risk level of exposure may increase depending on the essential job duties of the role.
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