Ultrasound Technologist

Location
Houston, Texas
Salary
Competitive
Posted
September 03 2021
Ref
142993
Discipline
Health Sciences
Organization Type
Healthcare/Hospital
Shift will be 830 to 5pm- Monday through Friday with some Saturdays.

RDMS, prefer to have breast registry but if not they have 1 year to get after starting.

CPR required.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.

SUMMARY

The primary purpose of this position is to provide technical and specialized skills in the operation of Breast Ultrasound Imaging procedures on UT MDACC patients.

The Breast Ultrasound Technologist is responsible for:
  • Daily operations of the Ultrasound section, patient workflow, equipment maintenance, the report of equipment failures, and quality assessment (QA).
  • Independent operation of all routine, portable and intraoperative ultrasound equipment.
  • Performing diagnostic ultrasound examinations in keeping with age specific needs, protocols, and communication of results of diagnostic examinations. Willing to learn new technologies as they become available.
  • Knowledge of ultrasound cross-sectional anatomy, disease processes and evaluation of the resulting data
  • Performing procedures as prescribed by DI Faculty.
  • Ensuring a safe environment for patients and peers. Practices ultrasound safety using ALARA concepts.
  • Effectively communicating and working with patients, their family members, and all UTMDACC staff to ensure high quality diagnostic procedures are performed. Duties and responsibilities are conducted in a manner that effectively supports efficient patient services.
  • Providing education, training, and mentoring to students, technologists, nursing, faculty, and others.
  • Maintaining a high standard of medical ethics at all times and is self-motivated to increase level of understanding and knowledge of the field, disease processes, and new procedures as they evolve.


CORE VALUES

Caring Behaviors
  • Courtesy:
    • Is respectful and courteous to each other at all times
    • Gives full attention to others minimizing distractions
    • Does not gossip or air frustration inappropriately
    • Uses a respectful and professional tone of voice


• Friendliness/teamwork:
    • Promotes and rewards teamwork and inclusiveness
    • Is sensitive to the concerns of our patients and our co-workers
    • Expresses awareness of others' experiences and views
    • Listens to patients and coworkers' needs and empathizes with them
    • Is aware of and respects individual differences, such as age, gender, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, religion, culture, background, and experiences
    • Demonstrates collegiality to others in an effort to create a cooperative and collaborative environment


Integrity Behaviors

• Reliability:
  • Promotes and adheres to M. D. Anderson's Standards of Conduct in addition to all applicable institutional policies and procedures.
  • Communicates time expectations for tests, procedures, or service arrival, or project deliverables to patients and coworkers
  • By his/her actions, creates an environment of trust
  • Adheres to attendance policy by timely reporting to work and returning from breaks
  • Admits when wrong, apologizes and takes steps to resolve a situation


• Safety:
  • Notices a safety concern and follows through to closure via reporting it to the appropriate department, following policy and enforcing safety and health compliance when appropriate.
  • Models safe behavior (wears badge, completes appropriate safety training, and follows

Safety policies and procedures).
  • Follows safe infection control practices to protect ourselves and our patients (washes hands, participates in employee flu and TB screening programs).
  • Mitigates risk to the institution through sound business practices.
  • Demonstrates ethical and personal responsibility in work and behavior.


Discovery Behaviors

• Responsiveness:
  • Encourages learning, creativity, and new ideas
  • Responds to requests from others in a timely manner
  • Offers help before being asked
  • Provides help to patients and coworkers that may be outside of job responsibilities (does not say, "It's not my job.")
  • Looks for new and better ways of doing things


• Personal Leadership/Self-Initiative:
  • Helps others to identify and solve problems
  • Seeks personal growth and enables others to do so
  • Leads by example
  • Actively encourages others to contribute ideas
  • Holds self and others accountable for practicing our values


KEY FUNCTIONS

Technical Skills:

• Responsible for provision of high quality exams while working in a dynamic, complex team oriented highly productive patient care environment.

• Performs studies/procedures as outlined in the department manuals/guidelines including routine, immediate care, portable, on-call, biopsy procedures, and intraoperative cases by applying principles of ultrasound in the execution of imaging requirements.

• Recognizes significant clinical information and historical facts from the medical record that may affect the exam and patient care.

• Responsible for quality assurance activities on technical equipment and collaborates with appropriate parties to resolve image quality issues.

• Communicates effectively with patient care team members to answer the associated clinical care questions.

• Responsible for accurately entering data or patient demographics into the Radiology Information System, all clinical computer systems, and ultrasound units. Ensures completeness of patient information in computer systems and related paperwork.

• Ensures that patient studies are appropriately coded and charged.

• Demonstrates flexibility and the ability to work effectively.
  • Must be able to rotate day shift hours to cover the hours of operation in the ACB.
  • Must be able to take rotational call including holidays (the technologist may switch call
  • schedules with another technologist with notification and approval of supervisor/manager).
  • Must be flexible to the demands of patient care by coming in early and/or staying late

• Practices responsible use of communication tools (whiteboard, paging systems, telephones, email, fax, etc).

• Corrects problems as they arise and notifies supervisor/manager when assistance is required to do so.

• Maintain productivity standards as defined in the section.

• Error rates are minimized to appropriate established levels.

• Accurately demonstrates anatomy and pathology through proper diagnostic scanning.
  • Uses proper scanning techniques, annotation, anatomical and pathological demonstration, and

correct any errors.
  • Clearly discusses with the radiologist ultrasound findings of patient by using cognitive sonographic skills to identify, record, and adapt procedures based on diagnostic information

received.
  • Responsible for independent operation and maintains working knowledge of all ultrasound

equipment used in the section.
  • Interprets orders such as patient requisition, including special instructions
  • Maintains knowledge of protocols, procedures, and disease processes performed.

• Ensures completion of all duties and conducts daily verbal hand-off communication to relief technologist at shift end.

• Other duties as assigned.

Patient Care:

• Functions within professional scope of practice.

• Ensures the patient is imaged in a safe environment, free of hazards.

• Identifies patients using approved identifiers.

• Provides full attention to the patient and the procedure.

• Sets up patient studies utilizing approved protocols/procedures and brings questions forward before imaging patients.

• Follows fall precautions and posts patient updates on the whiteboards or though other communication methods.

• Ensures appropriate supplies are available for the procedure.

• Recognizes patient distress signs, initiates and follows emergency procedures: nurse/physician, DIURT, MERIT, and CODE.

• Utilizes sterile or aseptic technique where applicable.

• Demonstrates the ability to address and handle patient care concerns, Notifies the radiologist if when gross pathological findings are discovered.

• Seeks opportunities to assist in overall patient care activities .This may include escorting patients from holding areas to scanner, offering to work over when needed, assisting peers and nursing staff.

• Recognizes examination findings that may require immediate clinical response and notifies the interpreting radiologist (such as Critical Results)

• Protect patients from ionizing radiation by following ALARA radiation safety guidelines, providing lead shielding when applicable and by monitoring of technical scanning parameters.

• Maintains necessary inventory of supplies for all examination rooms.

• Other duties as assigned.

Compliance Activities:

• Maintains current required licensure and certifications.

• Follows Institution, Division and section specific policies, procedures, guidelines and protocol

• Demonstrates adherence to Joint Commission standards and initiatives and to applicable state and federal licensure and guidelines.

• Attends mandatory in-services. Maintains expectations for safety preparedness, including but not limited to: Orientation to new equipment, Employee Education Event, CPR training, fire dri11s.

• Attends, contributes and participates in regularly scheduled departmental meetings.

• In a self-directed manner and timely manner, satisfies department in-services and continuing education requirements for the institution, division, and section.

• Verifies correct procedures/supplies are entered in RIS for accurate billing.

• Documents incidents, variances, unusual circumstances or patient concern during the ultrasound procedure and notifies the radiologist or supervisor as needed.

• Assures all necessary patient documentation is complete and accurate by clearly writing required information on all necessary forms (such as biopsy paperwork).

• Other duties as assigned.

Operations:

• Actively participates in quality and performance improvement activities.

• Identifies new ways to improve workflows and the patient experience.

• Effectively manages patient flow and minimizes delays-by utilizing critical thinking to analyze and evaluate simple cause and effect outcomes.

• Takes appropriate action to categorize problems into high and low priority levels and exerc1ses appropriate action to maintain efficiencies.

• Coordinates patient flows through the section acting as a resource to the patient care team.

• Ensures appropriate inventory available to ensure required resources are available throughout the day/week.

• During system failure, performs section down time procedures and immediately reports to supervisor for reassignment of duties.

• Relays all equipment malfunctions to the DI Engineering Team, supervisor and manager with appropriate information readily available.

• Demonstrates knowledge of area specific processes, scheduling capacity, and applies knowledge of work area to maximize efficiencies.

• Other duties as assigned.

Education:

• Participates in on-going learning and demonstrates application of it in his/her role.

• Actively seeks opportunities to develop professionally and personally.

• Coaches and mentors others relating specific aspects of the job.

• Provides leadership and training to students, technologists, and other staff members on an ongoing basis. Other duties as assigned.

• Fosters and encourages a receptive and nurturing environment by actively contributing to the education activities of patients, family members, faculty, radiology residents, coworkers, volunteers and students.

• Other duties as assigned

Marginal Functions:

• Able to assume leadership responsibilities in the absence of the area supervisor as needed. This involves maintaining patient flow and communicating any problems to the Diagnostic Imaging Manager or Supervisor.

• Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills. Establishes and maintains a high level of professionalism through cooperation, receptiveness, and sensitivity to others.

• Assists physicians with research projects in any capacity (scanning patients, retrieving reports, logging data, and others).

• Demonstrates, by example, a high-level customer service philosophy, ethical behavior and institutional core values.

• Understands and promotes team participation over individual contribution.

• Able to work without supervision.

• Performs special projects; volunteers for assignments both internal and external to department.

• Performs other duties as assigned.

CORE COMPETENCIES

• IC - Analytical Thinking:
  • Gather relevant information systematically;
  • Break down problems into simple components; and
  • Make sound decisions.

• IC - Innovative Thinking:
  • Approach problems with curiosity and open-mindedness; and
  • Offer new ideas, solutions and/or options.

• IC - Build Relationships:
  • Initiate, develop, and manage relationships and networks; and
  • Show sincere interest in others and their concerns.


Required Education: Graduation from an accredited program of ultrasound technology or radiologic technology.
Preferred Education: Bachelor Degree

Required License/Certification: All of the following:
  • Certified by at least one of the following: ARDMS or ARRT Sonography (S) or ARRT Vascular Sonography (VS) or Registry Eligible.
    • Reigstry Eligible: Within 24 months of graduation from an Ultrasound or Radiologic Technology Program, registry eligible candidates must obtain full certification from ARDMS or ARRT (S) or ARRT (VS). Failure to obtain full registration will result in termination of employment or With 6 months of experience as a Registered Radiologic Technologist at UTMDACC.
    • Failure to obtain certification through ARDMS or ARRT (S) or ARRT (VS) within 24 months from start of cross-training will result in termination of employment
    • American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) in Radiography credentials.
    • Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS)/ CPR
    • Failure to maintain certification will result in disciplinary action including termination of employment

Preferred: ARDMS certified with the Breast Registry

Required: No ultrasound expiernece required or 6 months of experience as a Registered Radiologic Technologist at UTMDAC.

Preferred: Two years of exprience in Sonography.

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