Sonographer Weekend Premium - Alexander Hospital
As a full-time Sonographer at Inova Alexandria Hospital, you will provide clinical services according to ultrasound practice standards and acts as a resource to students, residents, fellow and other technologists, to ensure optimal department functions. 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.
- Communicates effectively with patient to obtain clinical history/informed consent from patient or patient's chart to assist the physician in optimizing the performance and interpretation of the examination, as evidenced by the exam results.
- Explains procedure to patients/families and answers any questions to ease anxiety and assure patient cooperation, as evidence by customer satisfaction.
- Assists the physician in performing a variety of examinations using standard department protocols, isolation precautions and/or sterile technique, as evidenced by Radiologist's satisfaction.
- 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.
- Demonstrates proper technique for injection of IV contrast, or other test-enhancing solution, under the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Standards.
- Correctly identifies patients and their files ensuring a high degree of accuracy, as evidenced by the lack of mislabeled films and files.
- Identifies errors and takes immediate action for corrections, as evidenced by the Radiology Information Systems, EMR and PACS Systems reports.
- Tracks patients according to department procedures. .
- Participates in department/hospital performance improvement initiatives, in-services and meetings, as evidenced by attendance records.
- Demonstrates patient safety in 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 ot department specific log books.
- Troubleshoots equipment effectively and reports equipment to biomedical engineering/vendor, as evidenced by service reports. Performs/recognizes need for routine maintenance of imagers/processors and ultrasound equipment 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.
- Demonstrates a thorough understanding of ultrasound principles and theory as it relates to the cardiovascular system, anatomy and pathology processes utilizing the most appropriate technique and/or positioning for optimal examinations, as demonstrated by exam results.
- Adheres to department policies and protocols ensuring all examinations are optimized for interpretation, as demonstrated by exam results.
- Demonstrates the ability and skills to assist in teaching ultrasound students sound ultrasound principles as required by Inova. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of Cardiac anatomy, pathology as well as physiology.
Experience: RDMS or RVT or registry eligible. If registry eligible must obtain registration with ARDMS or ARRT within 24 months of eligibility. Recent experience in a hospital/healthcare environment as a sonographer or sonographer student.
Education: Graduate of an accredited school of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. RDMS or RVT or registry eligible. must be registry eligible, and obtain certification within one year of hire date.
Certification: ARRT, ARDMS Certification as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer or must be registry eligible, and obtain certification within one year of hire date., ARRT, ARDMS Certification as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer or obtained within one year of hire into position. Current BLS certification required (AHA), Current CPR certification required
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): Effective interpersonal skills, ability to multi-task and make clinical decisions to facilitate patient care. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and spreadsheets as needed to facilitate clinical care as well as EMR and PACS troubleshooting as required.