Ultrasound Technologist

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Ultrasound Technologist (Oakdale) - Per Diem

Location: Oakdale, CA

Job Description

This position, under the direction of a Radiologist, is responsible for the operation of diagnostic ultrasound equipment in a safe manner while exercising independent judgment in order to obtain diagnostic images on patients of all ages for subsequent evaluation by a qualified Physician.  Expertise in all of the following modalities: Abdominal, OB/GYN, Vascular, Small Parts, Neonatal Sonograms.
 
 
1.     Scans patient with skill and knowledge.

  1. Positioning, comfort and safety of patients.
  2. Uses appropriate protocol and guidelines set by AIUM.
  3. Selects proper transducer for exam.
  4. Obtains diagnostic images on patients of all ages for interpretation by Radiologist or Cardiologist and records information for permanent record.
  5. Assists physician as needed during invasive procedures utilizing sterile technique.
  6. Communicates with and observes patient during scan.
  7. Logs appropriate information on printed forms provided for exam and patient information in record books.
  8. Maintains reports in file cabinets.
 
2.     Meets Quality Control criteria established by reading physician and OVHD on a daily basis.
  1. Documentation of exam on film video, or print.
  2. Selects proper format and gray scale.
  3. Photographs and develops film in accordance with standard.
  4. Complete scan related worksheet and logs required information on daily control sheets.
  5. Reviews exam with reading physician and/or places exam results in designated area.
 
3.     Patient exam preparation
  1. Demonstrates knowledge of clinical information and practices essential to assuring provision of age-specific and cultural care to infants (31 days to 1 year), pediatric (1 to 12 years), adolescents (13 to 17 years), adults (18 to 70 years), and geriatric patients (71+ years).
  2. Interviews patient to see if the proper prep has been followed.
  3. Explains exam procedure to the patient and tries to put the patient at ease.
  4. Communicates with nursing staff and signs the patient out with chart when transporting patient to the lab.
  5. Regularly practices aseptic technique.
  6. Always washes hands before and after exam.
  7. Always checks patients ID before start of exam.
  8. Demonstrates competence in transporting patients to exam table.
 
4.     Build and maintain effective working relationships.
  1. Build and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  2. Interact with patients, physicians, employees and visitors in a friendly and cordial manner both in person and while on the telephone.
  3. Practices telephone courtesy.
  4. Creates good first impression and maintain appropriate client contact.
  5. In maintaining guest standards, maintains self-composure during pleasant and unpleasant situations.
  6. Develops relationships promoting cooperation, trust and teamwork with associates.
  7. Willingly accepts direction.
 
5.     Maintains Ultrasound Equipment
  1. Handles and stores transducers carefully.
  2. Wipes gel off after each patient.
  3. Sterilizes invasive transducers after each use with Cidex for twenty (20) minutes i.e., Post trans-vaginal exams, post trans-esophageal exams, post trans-rectal exams.
  4. Wipes down equipment and cleans filter on a weekly basis.
  5. Reports mechanical or transducer problems to supervisors as soon as possible.
  6. Keeps work area neat and clean.
 
6.     Responsible for monitoring room supplies
  1. Restocks supplies after use.
  2. Notifies supervisors as soon as possible when special order supplies are low.
  3. Maintains organized supply drawers and cabinets.
  4. Provides technical assistance to co-workers when needed.
  5. Attempts to stay current in field by reading journals and attending seminars.
  6. Maintains CME credit if registered.
  7. May be requested to train less experienced Ultrasound Techs in other modalities or by being available to respond to questions regarding Ultrasound.
 
7.     Continues education
  1. Provides technical assistance to co-workers when needed.
  2. Attempts to stay current in field by reading journals and attending seminars
  3. Maintains CME credit if registered.
  4. May be responsible for learning other modalities or instructions.
 
8.     Works appropriately with the scope of his/her license and/or position authority.
 
9.     Demonstrates initiative and creativity in assigned work, consistently attempting to make things work better.
Performs work in an honest and ethical manner with sensitivity to those affected by the decisions made.
Actively listens to the point of view of others, and acts appropriately on the information received.
 
10.  All other duties as assigned
 
11.  Provides care in emergency situations and follows appropriate Code Blue notification procedures.  Effectively prioritizes clinical interventions and care.
 
12.  Performs therapeutic/diagnostic interventions according to organizations policy and procedures including, but not limited to:
·         Patient Safety Measures.
·         Teaches Ultrasound student in an appropriate manner.
·         OB/GYN Ultrasound procedures.
·         Abdominal ultrasound procedures.
·         Vascular ultrasound procedures.
·         Infant head scans.
 
13.  Competently uses equipment in the delivery of patient care including, but not limited to:
·         Obtains necessary training prior to initial equipment use.
·         Uses the following equipment in accordance with manufacturer’s operating instructions.  Including but not limited to ultrasound machines, processors and laser camera.
 
4.   Incorporates care into multidisciplinary care and management of the patient/family.  Communicates effectively with the physicians and allied health team, coordinates care with other disciplines involved.
 
 

Job Requirements

Minimum Education:
Completion of an approved Ultrasound Training Program
At least one (1) year clinical experience/training required
High school graduate or equivalent required
 
Minimum Experience/Skills:
Two (2) to three (3) years’ experience recommended
Able to perform basic mathematical calculations
 
Licenses/Certificates/Credentials:
Current RDMS or eligible for RDMS within 1 year of employment;
RDMS, RDCS, RDVS, NSCPT Certification preferred
Current BLS certification
 
Physical Demands:
Prolonged, extensive or considerable standing/walking
Lifts, positions, pushes up to 50 pounds
Transfer patients
Considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching
Manual dexterity and mobility
Touch, Auditory and visual perception and acuity
Adequate vocal pitch and volume
Ability to move quickly
 
Vision Requirements:
Ability to adjust vision sufficiently to perform duties
           
Working Conditions:
Regularly exposed to the risk of contagious and blood borne diseases
Subject to varying and unpredictable situations
Exposure to unpleasant elements (accidents, injuries, illness)
Emergency and crisis situations
Subject to irregular hours
Increased stress due to multiple calls and inquiries
Occasional exposure to radiation hazards, radioactive substances and biohazard material

EOE/Vet/Disability