Klickitat Valley Health is accepting applications for a Ultrasound Technologist to join the Diagnostic Imaging team. This candidate will provide coverage for vacations, leaves and backup staffing. This casual position doesn't guarantee any specified hours per week and shifts are varied.
The Ultrasound Technologist performs diagnostic imaging procedures as prescribed by physician’s order for use in the treatment and diagnosis of disease and/or injury, by operating ultra/sonographic equipment to produce diagnostic images. The Technologist produces ultrasound images of the body while utilizing various ultrasound imaging methods. The Technologist ensures patient’s safety during the course of the procedure. All work is done under the direction and supervision of the Diagnostic Imaging Department Manager. The Technologist demonstrates excellence in customer service during interactions with employees, managers/supervisors, physicians, patients and patient family members, etc. The Technologist is aware of the potential exposure to internal and external hazardous materials, including but not limited to: blood and blood borne pathogens, infectious/communicable diseases, potential physical injury while caring for patients. The Staff Ultrasound Technologist is responsible for performing diagnostic imaging procedures as prescribed by a clinician’s order for the use in treatment and diagnosis of disease and/or injury. This is done under the direction of the Department Manager.
The successful candidate is an experienced ultrasound technologist in general and vascular exams who possesses the ability to mentor and work in tandem with another general/vascular technologist on an as needed basis.
• Reads physician’s orders/notes to understand why and where the imaging examination/procedure is being performed.
• Prepares patient for the diagnostic imaging examination/procedure by establishing personal rapport and gains patient cooperation by reducing anxieties; providing explanations of imaging procedure; answers any questions related to the examination and the reporting of results; provides direction for patient with undressing, as well as gowning for the examination/procedure; may take medical history information as needed; maintains patient confidentiality at all times.
• Prepares patient for ultrasound procedure by positioning patient so that parts of the patient’s body can be appropriately imaged.
• Utilizes ultrasound equipment, adjusts equipment controls for patient habitus and condition to provide for the highest quality examination results.
• Spreads gel onto the part of the patient’s body where the sound waves will need to go, uses transducer/sonographic equipment to study images of organs, tissue, or blood flow inside the patient. Examination may be for various areas of the patient, such as: abdomen, breast, heart, vessels, reproductive organs, etc.; analyzes sonograms and relays finding to the physician.
• Protects patients and imaging staff by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols; following drug protocols in case of reaction to drugs/solutions given to patients such as contrast media; may need to administer first-aid or use emergency cart.
• Maintains production and quality of ultra-sonographic images by following established standards and procedures; making necessary adjustments to achieve appropriate anatomical, pathological, diagnostic information and images.
• May clarify acceptance and understanding of image results obtained on the patient as needed.
• Documents patient care services delivered by charting examination/procedure in the patient and department records/charts; may prepare medical reports as needed and maintains records as required by department policy and practice.
• Ensures operation of Imaging department equipment by completing preventative maintenance requirements, following manufacturer’s instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions with vendors/repair technicians to minimize downtime; calling for repairs as needed; maintaining equipment inventories as needed.
• Maintains Imaging department supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory levels, may assist with placing orders for supplies and verifying receipt of supplies.
• May perform routine clerical duties to ensure efficient operation of the department when not directly performing imaging exams/procedures.
• Maintains a safe and clean working environment at all times and complies with hospital procedures, rules and regulations.
• Complies with federal, state, local legal and professional requirements, regulations, etc. and enforces adherence to requirements and advising management on needed actions.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
• High school diploma or GED required.
• Graduate of an approved Sonography course required.
Licensure / Certification:
• Certification in Sonography required, either ARRT or ARDMS, or obtained within 90 days of hire.
• BLS required.
• Minimum one year’s recent experience in a clinical setting required, or recent completion of sonography course training, where part of the training was at KVH.
• Demonstrates knowledge of ultrasound imaging technology sciences; patients’ rights; radiation safety; universal precautions; infection control, etc.
• Ability to produce high quality imaging exams/results consistently.
• Maintains professional and technical knowledge through various methods, such as: professional publications, participation in professional societies, attending educational training and/or workshops, establishing professional/personal networks, etc.
• Demonstrates ability to deliver age-specific, cultural, physical and psychosocial well-being of patients and visitors as they relate to performing diagnostic imaging examinations on patients.
• Requires critical thinking skills, ability to make good decisions, listen and accept advice from others, demonstrate maturity and good judgment and the ability to work with regular supervision.
• Excellent trouble-shooting / problem-solving skills.
• Perform various sensory requirements such as: vision, speech, touch, manual dexterity, fine motor skills and hearing while performing job duties.
• Promote/deliver excellent customer service to both internal (patients and staff) and external customers (visitors and vendors).
• Demonstrate positive and effective interpersonal and communication skills with colleagues, patients, families, physicians, volunteers and community.
• Work productively, cohesively within a team and resolve conflict/differences in a positive manner.
• Work in a stressful/demanding environment and take appropriate action to ensure quality of patient care, ability to cope with both physical and emotional demands of the job, must maintain a calm and composed manner.
• Demonstrate attention to detail, follow oral and written instructions precisely, and maintain a high degree of accuracy; risk of error could result in significant harm or loss.
• Adaptability is essential to respond the needs of a department with unpredictable volume and resources.
• Ability to anticipate tasks and prioritize assignments.
• Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills.
• Ability to read, write, speak and understand English.
• Experience with using everyday computer electronic tools (e.g., email, data retrieval, word processing, voicemail, and internet/intranet) and organize and store work-related data.