The Radiographer is responsible for working within the established guidelines of the Imaging Services as assigned. The Radiographer is expected to understand and support the Mission and Vision of St. Luke's Hospital. As a professional the Radiographer is responsible for carrying out the philosophy and objectives established by the Board of Directors and the Management team. Foremost among these responsibilities are strictly adhering to detail in the technical performance of radiology procedures, solving practical and analytical problems, resolving conflict, and implementing constructive change.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- The associate is aware of hospital and department compliance for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of department or hospital administrative staff.
- Purposefully conducts all aspects of the job in an ethical manner in support of the hospital’s commitment to ethical behavior in all areas of personal and professional activity.
- Successfully completes hospital-wide orientation, annual hospital competencies and department/unit specific competencies.
- For the safety of our patients and co-workers, St. Luke’s Hospital requires seasonal and job related vaccinations. This is reviewed regularly during periodic health assessments.
- Performs careful and accurate work in any technical area as assigned.
- Performs procedural exams within specified turnaround time for assigned area.
- Assures procedural exam guidelines are strictly adhered to, complies with exam procedure technical factors and protocols in consultation with radiologist.
- Administers contrast agents according to procedure guidelines and states correct flow rates utilizing power injector.
- Documents all necessary information in the performance of technical procedures, including adequate history and quality control.
- Performs patient procedural education.
- Consistently demonstrates attention to detail in following protocol for patient identification, patient history, exam, image marking, and labeling.
- Maintains compliance and is responsible for executing and monitoring technical practices in order to meet necessary standards, recommendations and requirements of voluntary and government agencies (i.e., IDPH, ACR, TJC).
- Understands and adheres to all safety practices (ALARA) while performing duties to minimize any risk of injury and/or exposure to unnecessary ionizing radiation.
- Documents pregnancy appropriately for females of child bearing age.
- Possesses ability and makes good independent decisions based upon knowledge of the overall departmental functions, policies and procedures.
- Promotes the development, preparation, implementation and attainment of departmental goals, policies and projects.
- Maintains an adequate level of productivity.
- Accurately observes ATMS regulations.
- Demonstrates knowledge of computer programs as assigned by department.
- Communicates with the department Managers as necessary when problems or unusual circumstances arise and documents as necessary.
- Greets all customers, including patients, coworkers, physicians and other hospital personnel, with a pleasant and professional manner and appearance.
- Follows departmental dress code and wears proper identification at all times.
- Prioritizes work appropriately and assists others as time and workload allows.
- Communicates effectively inter- and intra-departmentally with other healthcare professionals and customers to provide accurate, timely information and to reduce problems and minimize exceptions.
- Attends inservices, CPR, on the job training, and continuing education programs to meet developmental needs and keep abreast of new technologies. Documents at least 24 hours of continuing education in 2 years with 1 hour in radiation safety per year.
- Uses AIDET (Acknowledge, Introduce, Duration, Explanation, and Thank You) with every patient interaction to create patient and family experiences consistent with the mission of St. Luke’s Hospital.
- Perform patient transfers with approved transfer mobility equipment when appropriate.
- Assists in maintaining a high quality and well-organized radiologic science program by assisting with student clinical and/or didactic instruction as necessary.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Understand the School of Radiology clinical competency system.
- Understand requirements for student supervision as outlined in the Student Supervision policy.
- Support the School of Radiology educational process.
- Maintain current knowledge of School of Radiology policies, procedures and student progress.
- Communicate with School of Radiology faculty on student-related progress and issues.
- All technologists are issued film and/or ring badges for monitoring occupational exposure to ionizing radiation. All technologists are required to follow ALARA practices and guidelines for utilization of radiation film badges found in Section 4 of the Imaging Services Department Manual or Section 2 of the Nuclear Medicine Procedure Manual.
- Maintains cleanliness of equipment and workspace and reports equipment malfunctions in a timely manner.
Writes, reads, comprehends and speaks fluent English.
Must be a graduate of an accredited program in Radiologic Technology and ARRT certified Must have current permit issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health. Must have appropriate training for the modality assigned. Experience in computer systems is desirable. Must possess excellent communication skills.