Billings Clinic Cardiac Sonographer in Billings, Montana
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ECHO (Billings Clinic Main Campus)
Shift: Day, Evening, Weekends
Employment Status: Full-Time (.75 or greater)
Hours per Pay Period: 1.00 = 80 hours (Non-Exempt)
The Cardiac Sonographer is responsible for performing diagnostic imaging services in the specialty of Ultrasound and for the operation of a variety of equipment to produce images of the patient’s body for diagnostic purposes. Interviews patients, explains procedures, and assists in positioning the patient for procedures. Reviews test results with the Cardiologist.
Essential Job Functions
• Supports and models behaviors consistent with Billings Clinic’s mission, vision, values, code of business conduct and service expectations. Meets all mandatory organizational and departmental requirements. Maintains competency in all organizational, departmental and outside agency standards as it relates to the environment, employee, patient safety or job performance.
• Performs clinical assessment and diagnostic sonography examinations as ordered by the physician.
• Assumes responsibility for the safety, mental and physical comfort of all patients in the sonographic area. Interviews patient, explains examination procedures and process and assists in positioning the patient for scans.
• Uses cognitive sonographic skills to identify, record and adapt procedures as appropriate to anatomical, pathological, diagnostic information and images. Coordinates with other staff to assure appropriate patient care is provided.
• Coordinates scheduling, transportation and scanning of patients.
• Maintains patient examination records in accordance with Billings Clinic policies, procedures and standards.
• Assists physicians with invasive Ultrasound guidance procedures as appropriate to service needs.
• Analyzes sonograms, synthesizes sonographic information, medical history, and utilizes independent judgment during the sonographic exam to accurately differentiate between normal and pathologic findings. Prepares preliminary reports and/or checklist for the interpreting physician. Reviews exam with the interpreting physician as requested. Communicates with attending and referring physicians as appropriate.
• Maintains ultrasound equipment and work area in a neat, organized manner and maintains adequate supplies.
• Maintains competency in all organizational, departmental and outside agency environmental, employee or patient safety standards relevant to job performance. Participates in maintenance of laboratory accreditation. Complies with general training required by Billings Clinic as well as specific training required of the position.
• Identifies needs and sets goals for own growth and development; meets all mandatory organizational and departmental requirements. Maintains knowledge of current trends and developments in the field of ultrasound, vascular and echocardiography technology.
• Performs other duties as assigned or needed to meet the needs of the department/organization.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Billings Clinic policy and procedures, both organizational and departmental
• Billings Clinic Corporate Compliance Program
• Billings Clinic Code of Business Conduct
• Personal computers, hardware and software
• Various computer systems relating to ultrasound
• HIPAA and confidentiality requirements
• Patient/resident rights
• Customer service techniques and Personal Service Excellence (PSE) skills
• Regulatory requirements and standards governing sonography services
• Principles, practices and techniques sonography including guidelines for age appropriate care
• Infection control procedures
• Hazard and safety criteria
• Patient Safety Goals
• Professional communication skills, both verbal and written
• Operating complex ultrasound equipment, cameras, recorders and other patient assessment equipment pertinent to department needs. Selects appropriate equipment and transducer frequency/size for proper exam.
• Recognizing the significance of all structures visualized on the monitor and is able to differentiate normal from abnormal and recognize artifacts. Understands when to seek advice.
• Performing complex algebraic calculations for equipment settings, etc.
• Manual dexterity for operating technical equipment and may administer IV’s
• Knowledge and competency for medication administration of Contrast Media (Definity/Saline)
• Explaining the procedure to the patient and/or family
• Evaluating, synthesizing, communicating and reviewing preliminary diagnostic information with the interpreting physician, and/or referring physicians
• Integrate diagnostic sonograms, laboratory results, patient history and medical records and adapt sonographic examination as necessary
• Incorporate population specific needs into all aspects of communication and patient care; scope of services provided will encompass age groups ranging from infant to geriatric
• Transport and/or lift patients
• Function independently at a high level of competency with minimal supervision
• Establish and maintain collaborative relationships
• Work effectively in a team environment
• Respond calmly and professionally in an emergent or difficult situation
• Maintain flexibility to adapt to a variety of workload assignments
• Assist in orientation of new staff members and students
• Move equipment
• May be expected to rotate to several different imaging modalities during a shift
• Exposure to unpleasant odors from soiled linen or human waste and contact with patients exhibiting possible infectious diseases. Universal precautions are mandatory when working with all patients.
• Possibility of exposure to ionizing radiation or contact with corrosive darkroom chemicals, however, if adherence to safety and protection standards is followed, chance of accident is remote.
• Errors in calibrating equipment and performing procedures could result in poor quality test results which could negatively impact the quality of patient care
Graduate of an accredited diagnostic medical sonography program
Associates degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography required
- Basic EKG training
Certifications and Licenses
Current Health Care Provider CPR Certification
Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) issued by CCI (Cardiovascular Credentialing International) within one year of employment
Registered with the ARDMS (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers) or CCI (Cardiovascular Credentialing International) within one (1) year of employment in adult echocardiography
On-the-job training and experience equivalents will be considered in lieu of completion of a diagnostic medical sonography program for staff who obtained their training prior to the availability of formal training programs and who are currently registered with the ARDMS.
Or an equivalent combination of education and experience relating to the above tasks, knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered
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