Ultrasonographer - Echo Technician
Functions as a healthcare provider who, working under the supervision of the Radiology management team, serves as a medical imaging professional providing clinically relevant information to assist the physician with the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
•Prepares exam room and ultrasound equipment to conduct sonography examinations in accordance with infections disease, sterilization, and patient safety protocols, policies, and procedures
•Assumes responsibility for the safety of the patient during the sonographic examination
•Reviews patient medical history and supporting clinical information
•Ensures that the sonography examination order is complete, contains relevant information.
•Provides patient services consistent with the Scope of Practice and Clinical Standards for the Diagnostic Sonographer
Evaluates any contraindications, insufficient patient preparation, and the patient’s inability or unwillingness to tolerate the examination and associated procedures
•Communicates with the patient in a manner appropriate to the patient’s ability to understand
•Uses proper patient positioning tools, devices, equipment adjustment, and ergonomically correct scanning techniques to ensure patient comfort and safety, and to prevent compromised data acquisition and musculoskeletal injury to the sonographer
•Applies independent, professional, ethical judgment, and critical thinking to safely perform diagnostic sonography procedures
•Applies independent judgment during the sonography examination to ensure that appropriate anatomical, pathological, and clinical conditions are accurately captured in the examination images
•Identifies and documents any limitations to the sonography examination
•Reviews examination images, synthesizes examination results, and prepares the preliminary findings
•Maintains patient privacy and confidentiality in accordance with privacy laws and facility policies, and procedures
•Adheres to accepted professional and ethical standards
•Provides preliminary report of sonography examinations for use by the interpreting physician
•Assists with the daily operation of the sonography facility
•Performs quality control procedures to ensure that the ultrasound equipment operates at optimal levels
•Exercises responsibility to ensure that the ultrasound equipment is functioning accurately
•Assists with the education and training of sonography students
2. Equipment utilized in the unit/dept. (Is there computerized charting, medication systems, etc Phillips IU22, GE Logic9
3. Required skills and minimum years of experience.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
•Demonstrated proficiency with computer skills and software programs used for documentation activities and report generation
•Sonography education, training, and experience in the specialty area(s) to be performed
•Maintains regular, consistent and punctual attendance at the assigned job location
•Must be able to participate in “stand-by/on-call” rotation after regular department hours, weekends and holidays
•Ability to foster a collaborative atmosphere with other members of the healthcare team
Graduate of approved Ultrasound training program
•Valid Oregon permanent OBMI license or an Oregon temporary OBMI license (temporary OBMI license holders must obtain a permanent OBMI license within 6 months of hire)
•Must obtain an ARDMS registry within six months
•American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) or must be obtained by the last day of the month after the 60-day grace period
•Holds a minimum of one certification from one of the following certification boards:
•Sonographer certification by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)
•American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
•Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI)
5. Shift or schedule requirements. (Will the employee ever work alone? Is call required? If so, how often? Are weekends required?)
Varied Shifts. 9-5:30 primarily. Equal call rotation.
6. Floating to other units/departments. (If so, to which units/departments?)
Outpatient women's imaging center
7. Bed size/number of rooms for this unit/dept.
8. Nurse to patient ratio of this unit. (nursing only)
9. Dress Code:
Scrubs are provided by Bay Area Hospital if needed.
10. Tell us about the unit/department specific training and orientation program.
Department orientation and job specific training. Hospital general orientation.
General Sonographer. OB and Abdominal ultrasound critical.