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Sonographer Specialty

Mount Vernon Hospital 603043 Full Time 2501 Parkers Lane, Alexandria, VA, 22306, US
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Job Description

Administers sound patient care practices according to hospital and department policies and procedures, to ensure the safety of the patients. Completes ancillary tasks to ensure efficient and consistent departmental operations. Demonstrates safety for patients, staff, and self as outlined in department protocols and regulatory guidelines, to ensure the safety of patients and staff. Maintains equipment, exam rooms, and work areas in a neat and safe condition, to ensure the safety of the patients and employees. Provides clinical services according to specialized ultrasound practice standards and acts as a resource to students, nurses, fellows, and other technologists, to ensure optimal department functions.

Job Responsibilities
 
  • Communicates effectively with patients to obtain clinical history/informed consent from the patient or patient's chart to assist the physician in optimizing the performance and interpretation of the examination, as evidenced by the exam results.
  • Assists the physicians in performing TEE, Fetal Echoes, and AV optimization studies using departmental protocols to provide optimum results.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of proper sterile techniques and isolation precautions as they pertain to the various specialty procedures.
  • Demonstrates the ability to recognize clinical and/or emergent problems that may interfere with exams and take appropriate action to resolve them and produce the most desirable outcome, as evidence by exam results and patient satisfaction.
  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of IV's heparin locks and central line usage as they pertain to Sonography, as evidenced by observations by supervisor and peers.
  • Explains procedure to patients/families and answers any questions to ease anxiety and assure patient cooperation, as evidence by customer satisfaction.
  • Demonstrates proper technique for injection of IV contrast, or other test-enhancing solution, under the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Standards.
  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of IV's heparin locks and central line usage as they pertain to diagnostic medical sonography, as evidenced by observations by supervisors and peers.
  • Correctly identifies patients and their files ensuring a high degree of accuracy, as evidenced by the lack of mislabeled films and files. Tracks patients according to department procedures. Identifies errors and takes immediate action for corrections.
  • Participates in department/hospital performance improvement initiatives, in-services, and meetings, as evidenced by attendance records.
  • Demonstrates patient safety in the department by use of side rails, braking mechanisms, and patient monitoring, as demonstrated by risk management reports. Reports, documents, and corrects any adverse, unsafe, or unusual conditions, as evidenced by the patient/employee incidence reports to department-specific logbooks.
  • Demonstrates proper care and aseptic cleaning of all patient-related equipment following established department policies, to ensure the quality of care provided to our patients.
  • Demonstrates the ability to use proper cleaning techniques on all TEE probes as well as maintaining the Glutaraldehyde solution to include daily testing of the solution and testing of the test strips. Maintains all logs associated with this technique.
  • Maintains equipment, exam rooms, and work areas in a neat and safe condition, to ensure the safety of the patients and employees.
  • Maintains an orderly, safe, and clean environment. Ensures rooms are stocked with appropriate supplies and has required supplies readily available for procedures, as evidenced by customer satisfaction.
  • Troubleshoots equipment effectively and reports equipment to biomedical engineering/vendor, as evidenced by service reports. Performs/recognizes the need for routine maintenance of imagers/processors to maintain consistent quality images, as evidenced by the physician and the exam results.
  • Operates imaging and other related equipment according to manufacturer's specifications, as evidenced by exam results. Provides clinical services according to specialized ultrasound practice standards and acts as a resource to students, nurses, fellows, and other technologists, to ensure optimal department functions.
  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of ultrasound principles and theory as they pertain to the specialized area. Demonstrates thorough knowledge of specialized anatomy, pathology, and physiology as well as the systemic effect of other systems. Utilizes anatomical knowledge to position patients to optimize image quality during the examination while still providing for patient comfort and safety.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking skills as well as the ability to enhance the procedure with additional modalities and views based on identified disease processes. Independently utilizes analytical abilities to determine the selection of images that are presented to the physician for interpretation.
  • Demonstrates the ability to accurately measure specialty area structures and pathology to further determine the direction of the exam.
  • Accurately obtain and evaluate Color flow and Doppler waveforms using this information to determine if further evaluation is indicated.
  • Records all data, images, and technical notes that provide the preliminary report to facilitate the physician's ability to interpret the information.



Additional Requirements

Five plus years on the job training in a hospital performing specialized sonograms, Graduate of accredited school/program of diagnostic medical sonography or five years specialized training in a hospital/healthcare setting., Graduate of an accredited diagnostic ultrasound school with a specialty or five plus years on the job training in a hospital performing specialized sonograms.

One year experience in a hospital/healthcare environment in the performance of Specialized Diagnostic Medical Sonography., One year of hospital or doctor's office based experience in the performance of specialized sonography

ARDMS, CCI or ARRT registered.  Must have RVT/RVS/VS with specialty in Vascular or Neurosonology; or RDCS/RCS with a specialty in Adult Echo, Fetal Echo or Pediatric Echo; or RDMS/ARRT with at least two sonographer specialties (ie: OB/GYN, Breast, AB) , ARDMS, CCI or ARRT registered.  Must have RVT/RVS/VS with specialty in Vascular or Neurosonology; or RDCS/RCS with a specialty in Adult Echo, Fetal Echo or Pediatric Echo; or RDMS/ARRT with at least two sonographer specialties (ie: OB/GYN, Breast, AB); BLS, BLS, CPR