- BASIC FUNCTION:
- Support PCMC's hallmarks of service excellence and quality for all job responsibilities
- The Radiation Technologist coordinates, plans, and administers high quality and comprehensive age/disease appropriate radiotherapy to oncology patients of all age groups by utilizing equipment, computers, and established techniques to ensure a positive patient experience. Demonstrating radiation safety standards with patient and staff members is essential.
- SIGNIFICANT RESPONSIBILITIES
- Consistently deliver the best in customer service and patient care. As a team member, demonstrate respect, dignity, kindness and empathy in each encounter with patients, families, visitors and other employees
- Champion PCMC's mission, vision and values; comply with the policies and procedures, ethical standards and code of conduct set forth by the company
- Prepare or construct equipment, such as immobilization, treatment, or protection devices.
- Provision of input into the use or necessity of ancillary treatment devices, patient immobilization techniques, and other patient positioning techniques as needed for simulation and treatment with accuracy, according to prescription.
- Incorporation of patient data from medical imaging procedures as the imaging data pertains to simulation, treatment planning, treatment delivery and quality assurance.
Provide float coverage during idle time to other areas of operation
- Performance of or assistance with the fabrication of patient immobilization and ancillary treatment devices.
- Participation in the implementation of the treatment plan; which includes, but is not limited to, collaboration with team members, plan documentation, treatment parameter verification and treatment chartering.
- Acquisition of patient data via computer generated data sets from medical imaging devices such as CT, PET, MR, etc., or manual methods such as physical measurements and wire contours, and incorporation of this data into treatment plans, calculations, and treatment devices.
- Administer prescribed doses of radiation to specific body parts, using radiation therapy equipment according to established practices and standards.
- Properly document simulations, treatments and patient care activities in the EMR.
- Assists other department with matters of proper documentation
- Check radiation therapy and simulation equipment to ensure proper operation following established quality assurance and warm-up procedures.
- Reports machine and equipment problems following the established procedure.
- Review prescription, diagnosis, patient chart, and identification before initiating treatment.
- Follow principles of radiation protection for patient, self, and others- ALARA.
- Observe and reassure patients during treatment and report unusual reactions to physician.
- Respond to medical emergencies by calling 911 and notifying the physician, nurse and supervisor on duty immediately. Document the time 911 is called and the time responders arrive.
- Check for side effects, such as skin irritation, nausea, or hair loss to assess patients' reaction to treatment; notify appropriate staff (Lead/Sr. Technologist, Nurse or Physician)
- Educate, prepare, and reassure patients and their families by answering questions, providing physical assistance, and reinforcing physicians' advice regarding treatment reactions or post-treatment care.
- Efficiently coordinates and plans patient schedule(s) to optimize resources
- Interacts with both internal and external customers professionally
- Train or supervise students and assist with acclimating newly hired Radiation Technologists
- Perform documented chart reviews and reports issues to the Lead or Sr. Technologist.
- Assigns Tasks using the electronic health record- EMR to communicate pending work.
- Must be able to operate all types of radiation therapy machines and CT simulator technology at assigned location utilizing the latest treatment techniques including 3D Conformal, IMRT, SRS/SBRT, IGRT and Brachytherapy.
- Participates in cross-training on equipment and technology where unfamiliar, but allowed under licensure or certification.
- Maintain a productive relationship with the physics and dosimetry departments. Follow established practice patterns to ensure the timely readiness of treatment plans, including QA for initiating patient treatment and follow-up.
- Maintains the Clinical Event Log (record of equipment issues).
- Follow the established Machine Problem Reporting process to ensure proper reporting is complete per policy.
- Reconciles daily treatment counts to the captured DTS counts to ensure accuracy and reports inaccuracies to the Lead/Sr. Technologist daily.
- Notifies supervisor of sick time before the start of next scheduled shift and days thereafter.
- Requests vacation time in advance in order for the supervisor to arrange coverage.
- Follow the code of ethics and practice standards set by the ARRT and ASRT.
- Follows established policies and procedures for reporting Treatment Variances.
- Reports unsafe equipment or work conditions to supervisor immediately.
- Attend and participate in regularly scheduled technical/clinical staff meetings
- Acknowledge new or revised policies and procedures through in-service documentation form.
- Participates in OSHA related activities, including drills.
- Ensure that required competencies and mandatory training and compliance activities are completed as assigned
- Monitors supply levels of department and reports to supervisor before zero inventories.
- MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED
: Graduate of School for Radiation Therapy Experience
: 3 years preferred Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration:
AART, CPR Other Minimum Qualifications:
Computer literate, excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; good organizational skills; confidentiality; excellent interpersonal skills; positive interaction in dealing with patients.
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