Performs diagnostic patient care services using ultrasound and related diagnostic procedures. Responsible for providing a wide range of highly technical diagnostic exams including but not limited to: abdominal, small parts, GYN, abdominal and peripheral vascular, portable exams and interventional procedures.
SUPERVISION AND DIRECTION EXERCISED :
Please refer to the Career ladder
MACHINES AND EQUIPMENT USED :
Systems: Medical record (eRecord), PACS, Radiology Information System (RIS), patient transport, communication systems, web paging, telephone/fax, printers. Equipment: Wheelchairs, Stretchers, Patient beds, US Equipment of various platforms.
TYPICAL DUTIES :
Performs ultrasound imaging and therapy in accordance with applicable scope and standards of practice and with the policies, values, and mission of the organization.
Adjusts equipment controls as needed in order to produce high quality images and prepares/presents them with other pertinent patient information for timely interpretation.
Educates patients/families regarding procedure and/or treatment to be performed
Prepares room and patient specific to the exam to be performed. Uses an established work pattern to work efficiently and safely within an ultrasound environment. Reviews patient history and physician's orders.
Educates patient regarding procedures, equipment and exam to ensure patient's understanding and cooperation.
Maintains accurate patient record keeping by properly identifying images and assuring images are sent to the PACS system correctly
Performs and evaluates equipment quality control measurements. Adheres to safety policies.
BS degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography or related Associates Degree with a Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Must be registered or registry eligible by the ARDMS. Non-registered sonographers must obtain ARDMS Abdominal and OB/GYN certifications within a year of hire.
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NOTE: This document describes typical duties and responsibilities and is not intended to limit management from assigning other work as required.
Career Ladder : The three bands within this position are differentiated by level of independence, supervision required, certification, ability to precept new employees in the use of all equipment, and the ability to lead as well as meet established departmental goals.
Band One (I): Registered or board eligible Sonographer – Sonographers new to the US Department who require training as well as regular direct supervision or guidance from a more senior sonographer. This generally involves orientation to the Department’s infrastructure, policies, protocols, workflows, procedures and routines. Is responsible for scanning patients in a safe and efficient manner, completing all associated paper and computer work, and discharging the patient from the US department with appropriate post US instructions.
Band Two (II) : RVT Certified Sonographer – With minimal supervision is responsible for scanning patients in a safe and efficient manner, completing all associated paper and computer work, and discharging the patient from the US department with appropriate post US instructions.
Additional duties may include work on special projects such as research, new equipment evaluations, assisting in the design of areas where clinical equipment will be installed, assignment to departmental committees, or training of less experienced sonographers as assigned.
Band Two requires a minimum of 18 months of progressively responsible professional work experience in a clinical or hospital environment, with at least 6 months dedicated to the UR Imaging Sciences Department, certification as a Registered Vascular Technologist, and capable of competently performing Sonography duties to include designated specialty competencies.
Band Three (III): Advanced Sonographer – Independently is responsible for scanning patients in a safe and efficient manner, completing all associated paper and computer work, and discharging the patient from the US department with appropriate post US instructions.
In addition to the requirements of a Band Two Certified Sonographer, a Band Three Sonographer will be responsible for performing the duty as primary preceptor for new employees and students, demonstrate an in depth knowledge and capability of scanning on all equipment at respective sites, and troubleshooting equipment malfunctions. Must demonstrate proficiency in caring for and scanning all patient types utilizing basic to advanced scanning protocols and techniques. A Band Three technologist is considered a subject matter expert in downtime procedures and acts as super-user when new equipment or programs are introduced to the department. Will be responsible for rotating through all sites across the enterprise as needed.
Select Band Three Sonographers may be designated as Leads to support operations on various shifts. Leads may either assist their shift supervisor, or in the absence of a supervisor, determine workflow and staff schedule/assignments. Leads may also provide performance evaluation input to the section supervisor.
Band Three requires a minimum of 4 years of progressively responsible professional work experience as a specialist in Sonography in a clinical or hospital environment with 1 year dedicated to the URMC Imaging Sciences Department preferred. Technologist must be certified as a Registered Vascular Technologist and competent in the requirements and skill set of a Band Two Sonographer.
Movement in the bands is determined by the department manager and APS upon successful demonstration of knowledge and task proficiency as defined in the career ladder. Movement to a higher band is based on departmental needs and final approval from the Imaging Sciences Clinical Director of Operations in collaboration with Human Resources. Based on departmental need, employees hired externally with appropriate credentials and relevant experience may enter the career bands as a Band Three to serve in a Lead role.
How To Apply
All applicants must apply online.
EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled
Location: Strong Memorial Hospital
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Opening: Part Time 24 hours Grade 094 Imaging Sciences - OP Bldg