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Sonographer Specialty

Fairfax Medical Campus 605081 Full Time 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA, 22042, 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.

May Be Eligible for a Sign-On Bonus!

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.
  • 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.
  • Explains procedure to participants and/or families and answers any questions to ease anxiety and assure patient cooperation, as evidenced by customer satisfaction. Provides education and explanation to the participant/family on the purpose of the study, the informed consent document, the study procedures and plan to alleviate participant/family concerns allowing the participant/family to make informed decisions.
  • Provides informed consent to potential subjects for research studies according to institutional, state and federal regulations and policies. Assures the document is signed, dated and filed correctly. Documents the informed consent process in an enrollment note in the subject record and EPIC/EMR. Ensures patient enrollment is carried out according to protocol (i.e. patient eligibility is substantiated by source documentation).
  • Completes accurate data entry into the relevant data collection form as established by protocol and project timelines after human subject visit and/or in preparation for monitor visit. Completes all data queries within the timeframe required by sponsor. Ensures accuracy and completeness of information.
  • Performs protocol and general research procedures as needed (i.e. providing complete, organized, clear/appropriate documentation for study related activities; maintaining screening/enrollment logs/tracking systems, as required by the sponsor/department; accurately storing, logging and locking study drugs/devices; maintaining up-to-date investigational drug/device accountability logs. Write manuscripts for publication in professional healthcare journals in conjunction with the Principal Investigator or other research staff.
  • Develop applications for grant submissions to support research projects, meeting all required timelines.
  • Develops and supports clinical study protocols
  • 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.
  • 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, Doppler waveforms, and shear wave elastography 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 analyze the information.

Qualifications:

  • Hours: Typically 8a-4:30p and 9a-5:30p
  • Experience: 3 years of experience in a hospital/healthcare environment in the performance of Specialized Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Experience in Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Education: Graduate of accredited school/program of diagnostic medical/ultrasound sonography or 5 years specialized training in a hospital/healthcare setting. Master’s degree preferred
  • Certification:
    • ARDMS
    • Must have OB GYN registry
    • BLS, CPR from the AHA
  • Other: Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including computer skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point)