Sonographer - Ultrasound - Full Time Days
Company: Mercy Medical Center
Location: Little Rock
Posted on: June 14, 2019
Position Type: Regular
Scheduled Hours per 2 week Pay Period: 80
Primary Location: AR > LITTLE ROCK > ST VINCENT INFIRMARY
JOB SUMMARY: Provides health care services utilizing a combination
of strong magnetic field and high frequency sound waves to produce
images for diagnosis or treatment. Provides healthcare services,
performing diagnostic ultrasound procedures to assist in diagnosis
or treatment producing images (scans) for interpretation by or at
the request of a licensed practitioner.
Education: Preferred, but not required, graduate of program of
Radiologic Technology accredited by the Joint Review Committee on
Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or a graduate of a
military program accredited by JRCERT or a graduate of an
accredited ultrasound training program.
Experience: Must be ARDMS registered within one (1) year of hire
date, and must be registered in Vascular technology within two (2)
Physical Requirements: The physical activities involve balancing,
climbing, crawling, grasping, kneeling, lifting, pulling, pushing,
reaching, standing, stooping and use of fingers and repetitive
movements. An individual in this position may be required to carry
or lift weight of up to fifty (50) pounds and push/pull one
hundred/one hundred-fifty 100-150 pounds. The sensory and
communicative activities required for this position include
feeling, hearing, seeing, smelling and speaking. Individuals in
this position could possibly be exposed to inside environmental
conditions, blood borne pathogens and body fluids, chemical
hazards, respiratory hazards and radiological hazards.
Skills: Certified in CPR according to Health Care Provider Course
standards by the American Heart Association. Able to use complex
imaging equipment and computers. Demonstrates good interpersonal
skills and readily adapts to changing events in the radiographic
environment. Must demonstrate proficiency in the operation of all
diagnostic ultrasound equipment.
PRIMARY CUSTOMERS: Patients, physicians and employees.
WORKING RELATIONSHIPS: Be effective team member with Radiology, CT
and MRI Departments.
AGE GROUPS:_X__Neonate/Infant (Birth - 1 mo) ___Infant (1 mo - 1
yr) ___Toddler (1 yr - 3 yrs) ___Preschool (3 yrs - 6 yrs)
___School Age (6 yrs - 13 yrs) ___Adolescent (13 yrs - 18 yrs)
___Adult (18 yrs - 64 yrs) ___Older Adult (65 + yrs)
CORE COMPETENCIES & PERFORMANCE CRITERIA
1. Patient Assessment:
Completes a comprehensive assessment on patients of all ages
including patient screening and contraindications.
Obtains pertinent medical history from patient by observation or
with oral communication.
Performs patient assessment to determine:
a) Patient's physical ability to undergo the imaging procedure as
b) What patient care is needed during the procedure.
c) If there are contraindications to performing the procedure as
d) What modification of the procedure may be required by the age of
e) What indication or symptoms patient has to determine what to
scan for in Ultrasound.
Utilizes patient clinical assessment and patient clinical history
in making professional judgment that supports the plan of patient
care and properly documents the patient assessment and clinical
Exercises professional judgment in performance of services and
maintains a demeanor complimentary to medical ethics.
Capable of using EHR
Documents pertinent medical history from patient on radiology
Completes appropriate forms correctly:
a) Time Out
b) Pregnancy Statement
c) Medication Reconciliation
Fills out worksheets on all patients' exams.
Uses immobilizing devices as required by the patient's age,
condition or the procedure as determined by patient assessment.
Using professional judgment:
a) Performs the procedure as ordered with proper and appropriate
indications for procedure.
b) Modifies procedure as required through knowledge gained by
patient assessment without compromising diagnostic or therapeutic
Actively assist in meeting all department accrediting and licensing
b) State Health Department.
c) Any other state, local or federal agency as required.
Ensures that communication supports the plan of patient care.
Communicates clearly with patients of all ages, peers and others in
order to complete the hospital/physician plan of patient care.
Notifies the patient's attending physician or Radiologist of any
patient issues that affect the plan of patient care as directed
within the time frames identified in the Radiology Policy
a) Notifies the nurse on the patient's unit or the physician's
office nurse if the physician is not available.
Provides appropriate patient care during the correct performance of
Safely transports wheelchair, stretcher and ambulatory patients as
Documents technical factors on all procedures immediately upon
completion of the procedure.
Performs venipuncture under the supervision of a physician on
patients of all ages.
Performs clerical tasks to support the patient plan of care.
Assist the Radiologist within the radiographers scope of practice
as directed by the physician.
Performs sonographic procedures on patients of all ages properly,
according to the Ultrasound Policy & Procedure Manual
Functions as lead technologist or team leader during the absence of
a) Plans job assignments, relating to needs of the department.
b) Coordinates schedules and supervises technical exams to ensure
quality diagnostic standards are maintained.
c) Maintains departmental efficiency and cleanliness.
Demonstrates proper working knowledge of sterile techniques related
to a sonographer's need to assist Radiologist during invasive
Collects folders and pulls reports relating to Ultrasound exams to
be performed and documents history.
Documents when sending for patients and sending patients back.
Collect Ultrasound films from laser printer and filing them in
proper patient's folder.
Knowledge of the Kinetx Computer System and knows how to
trouble-shoot when problems occur.
Knowledge of Teleradiolography.
Coordinates their work schedules as directed by the needs of
a) Willing to work late if necessary.
b) Willing to come to work early if needed.
c) Willing to work on weekends and holidays as needed.
d) Willing to take call.
Assists with Vascular Quality Improvement and updates each
Assists other sonographers when they have a problem with a
Assist student sonographers on scanning techniques.
Orders supplies each week.
Reviews complete procedure to assure:
a) All organs are identified as ordered.
b) Procedure charges have been correctly made.
c) Physician's order corresponds with printed order on exam
Provides education for students, patients, self and others
appropriate for the age that is being served.
Provides clinical supervision for student Radiographers.
Participates in student clinical competency evaluation by
a) Weekly student evaluations.
b) Evaluates student clinical competency by observing student
clinical performance and documenting their competence.
Pursues educational self development in order to maintain ARDM
certification or ARRT, if also a Technologist of a different
modality such as CT Tech or Rad Tech
Maintains education requirements.
Completes mandatory in-services.
Maintains CPR certification according to Health Care Provider
course standards by the American Heart Association.
Attends school faculty meetings or monthly department meetings.
Participates in continuous quality improvements activities.
Maintains a safe environment for patients, self and others.
Ensure that all radiation safety standards are met for all age
Documents patient pregnancy statements.
a) Notifies attending physician immediately if patient is pregnant
or suspects pregnancy before performing the procedure.
Modifies the procedure for pregnant patients as directed by
physician using the Radiology Safety Manual Guidelines to include
the use of:
a) lead shielding.
b) performing different or fewer images that still support the
patient plan of care.
Avoid any mechanical, biological, radiation or electrical hazard
and report potential hazards immediately.
a) Minimizes patient radiation exposure by proper performance and
avoiding repeat radiographs.
- Requisition ID: 2019-R
- Schedule: Full-time
- Shift: Day Job
- Market: Mercy Medical Center
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