JOB PURPOSE OR MISSION: To perform radiographic exams to include all modalities covered under the staff radiographer's license. To monitor and evaluate patient care quality and efficiency as part of a multi-disciplinary team and appropriate for the age population served, as defined in the department's scope of service.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS include, but are not limited to:
- Provides technical skills for the operating functions of the treatment area(s).
- Works with other patient care personnel in the facility to improve service delivery.
- Encourages and facilitates open communication within department to identify and resolve problems.
- Functions as departmental resource and ensures effective communication on exam charges, through advanced knowledge of same.
- Maintains knowledge of PACS and computer systems.
- Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the principles and theories of advanced technical procedures and serves as a resource by sharing knowledge on technical issues.
- Coordinates all patient care activities in assigned treatment area.
- Ensures that patient scheduling, treatment, record keeping, calculations, and machine functions are maintained at an optimal level.
- Performs radiologic procedures in accordance with unit-based standards of practice.
- Moves X-ray equipment into specified position and adjusts equipment controls to set exposure factors, such as time and distance.
- Demonstrates effective knowledge of radiographic exposure techniques and protocols.
- Transfers, positions and instructs patients regarding the procedure.
- Consistently produces images of high technical quality.
- Positions patients and operates equipment to produce most reliable and informational data.
- Transports patient to radiographic room; prepares and maintains room following BRGMC Safety Guidelines.
- Obtains optimum views of specific areas of the body while maintaining patient safety and comfort.
- Assesses data reflective of each patient's status and interprets information needed in order to identify each patient's age requirements relative to his or her age specific health care needs.
- Utilizes advanced knowledge to perform procedures across modalities and in unusual situations.
- Performs diagnostic radiographic procedures.
- Corroborates patient's clinical history with procedure, assuring that the proper procedure has been ordered.
- Prepares patient for procedure(s); providing instructions to obtain desired results, gain cooperation and minimize anxiety.
- Applies principles of radiation protection to minimize risks to patient, self, and others.
- Selects and operates radiography equipment, imaging and/or associated accessories to successfully perform procedures.
- Positions patient to best demonstrate anatomic area of interest, respecting patient ability and comfort.
- Practices aseptic techniques as necessary.
- Evaluates images for technical quality, manipulates display parameters, and prepares patient record in electronic chart.
- Assumes responsibility for assigned area and reports equipment malfunction.
- Coordinates ordering of supplies for area of responsibility
- Ensures all necessary lab work has been completed and meets Radiologists established protocols.
- Ensures the physician has completed all areas of the hospital approved informed consent forms.
- In agreement with state statue(s) and/or where institutional policy permits. Prepares, identifies, and/or administers contrast media and/or medications as prescribed by a licensed practitioner.
- Demonstrates courtesy and caring to other staff, patients, and physicians.
- Requires extensive contact and the ability to communicate effectively with staff radiologists, other physicians and their staff, co-workers, and patients.
- Performs all other duties as assigned.
- Completes all hospital required education on time and makes sure employees do as well.
- Maintains all licensure and CPR in good standing and makes sure employees do as well.
- Ensures the area is always regulatory ready (Joint Commission, DEQ, CMS, ACR, FDA, MQSA, etc.)
- Promptly and courteously answers the telephone and receives guests using AIDET (Acknowledge, Introduce, Duration, Explanation, and Thank you)
- Demonstrates correct and safe operation of radiographic equipment.
- Demonstrates compliance with radiation safety procedures — correctly shields patient/techs/visitors.
- Correctly uses monitoring devices.
- Complies with room technique.
- Demonstrates correct preparation and use of contrast media (Oral contrast, IV administration, Lower GI contrast, Retrograde Administration).
- Practices effective communication that enhances teamwork and quality of care.
- Explains procedures to patient to reduce anxiety and obtain patient cooperation.
- Recognizes adverse reactions and responds appropriately through action and communication with other staff and physicians.
- Demonstrates age specific care awareness by communicating at appropriate level of complexity and word choice for the age of patient undergoing procedure.
- Provides direct or indirect supervision or training for radiologic technology students.
- Demonstrates radiographic examinations in accordance with policies established by the School of Radiologic Technology.
- Assures that all student radiographic examinations are performed in accordance with department policy and procedure.
- Works with School of Radiologic Technology staff to assure all student radiographic examinations are of high technical quality.
- Performs additional duties as required
1-2 years' experience as a radiographer, preferred.
Bachelor's in health-related field preferred
Graduate of an accredited radiography program or equivalent required.
SPECIAL SKILL, LICENSE AND KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS
Must be registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and hold a current LA state license to perform in the capacity of radiographer.
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