The Echocardiography Technician (ET) will perform diagnostic procedures utilizing various types of cardiac ultrasound techniques under medical direction of a licensed physician. The ET preparesfor examinations by checking equipment and inventorying and restocking supplies. The ET will be responsible for reading physician orders for specific examinations, setting-up recording equipment, and entering patient information into systems. The ET will explain procedures and answer questions regarding procedures. The ET will be responsible for positioning patients, spreading gels, attaching electrodes to chest and equipment, adjusting equipment controls, and verifying wave signals. The ET will position and reposition the transducer, and monitor display screen while listening to signals, detect artifacts that mimic abnormalities, and recordings to obtain quality images. The ET will record examination information by printing graphics and data, calculating measurements of heart wall, chamber size, and blood flow direction and velocity, and compare measurements to norms. The ET must be willing to report back to work during any emergency situation, this includes if needed during inclement weather, mass casualty, internal disaster, etc. The ET will complete other duties as assigned.
All organizational staff, including this position, are specifically required as a condition of continued employment to make advance preparations for their families and pets in the event of weather emergencies such as Hurricanes and flooding threats. Any staff member can be determined as essential staff required to report to the facility during these events. In many cases this means reporting and sleeping at the facility before, during and after a weather emergency. By signing this job description, the staff member accepts this responsibility of readiness to report to work during any designated emergency staffing situation. CMC staff members operate as one team meeting the healthcare needs of our communities, thus this position will on occasion complete other duties as assigned beyond those designated in this primary job description which may include “float” coverage at an alternate facility, department or assignment.
- High school diploma or equivalent required.
- Previous Echocardiography experience preferred.
- Two years medical ultrasound experience preferred.
- Registered Cardiac Sonographer through one of three ways required
- Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or;
- Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) or Registered Congenital Cardiac Sonographer (RCCS) from Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) or;
- Canadian Registered Cardiac Sonographer (CRCS) through the Canadian Association of Registered Diagnostic Ultrasound Professionals (CARDUP).
- Certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) required.
- Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with nursing colleagues, physicians, department heads, and member of executive leadership.
- Exemplary core customer service skills strongly required.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Strong PC skills required.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills required.
- Ability to consistently exercise independent judgement required.
- Occasional exposure to difficult patients.
- Potential exposure to blood borne and airborne pathogens.
- Stress level high due to multiple demands frequently occurring simultaneously.
- Physical surroundings generally pleasant and comfortable.
- Prolonged standing and walking.
Medium Heavy - While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently (activity or condition exists from 2/3 to 3/4 of the time) required to stand, sit, and walk; occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of the time) to use hands, fingers; and frequently to talk or hear. The employee must exert 30 to 45 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 15 to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 15 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Ability to hear to process instructions and safety code and alarms required. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job and will be assessed by post offer Employee Health fit-for-duty review.