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Cardiac Sonographer (Echo Tech), FT Days

Company: Wellstar Health System, Inc.
Location: Marietta
Posted on: June 9, 2024

Job Description:

Facility: Kennestone Hospital

Job Summary:
The Cardiac Sonographer functions under the direction of the Manager or Lead/Chief Sonographer and is responsible for performing all cardiac imaging; which includes, if performed at your designated facility, adult, pediatric, transesophageal (including structural heart) and stress echocardiograms. Performs measurements and calculations according to laboratory protocol, provides an oral summary of preliminary findings to the interpreting Physician, if requested, is responsible for the safety and well-being of all patients in the Echo department, must possess the ability to communicate effectively with the patient(s) and health care team.
The Cardiac Sonographer may also be asked to inject/administer Ultrasound Enhancing Agents (UEA) as well as saline bubble studies. Performs other work-related duties as assigned. Must be available to take call, work weekends and Holidays on a rotating basis.

Core Responsibilities and Essential Functions:
Patient Care
- Verifies proper clinician order for procedure.
- Obtains complete clinical history, gathers examination data and assesses for contraindicating conditions.
- Follows established procedures for the administration of UEAs, so that no patient condition deteriorates, and no patient suffers undue pain, due to error or poor technique.
- Ensures that all studies have proper patient identification.
- Reviews ultrasound images for clinically acceptable results and releases patients.
- Assists other team members in all modalities when needed.
- Observes patient condition and properly evaluates situations when physician intervention is necessary so that no patient condition deteriorates.
- Verifies correct identity of patient using 2 unique identifiers prior to performing a procedure per hospital policy and procedure.
- Ensures patient's privacy and comfort is accommodated. Maintains patients dignity throughout the exam/procedure.
- Demonstrates competence in the determination and application of appropriate procedures, equipment, supplies and techniques based on the age of patients.
- Organizes schedule, time and priorities so that required activities are accomplished within designated time frames.
- Follows physicians instructions when assisting with procedures and exams.
- Uses critical thinking skills.
- Dialogs with patient/family
- Asks clarifying questions.
- Seeks clarification on ambiguous orders.
- Understands, demonstrates and documents preprocedural verification and Time Out process when appropriate.
- Demonstrates and understands pre-and-post procedural care.
- Preps the patient for the procedure. Education and Communication
- Patiently and clearly explains purpose and nature of exam to patient prior to starting procedure, so as to minimize anxiety and facilitate cooperation using AIDET; Acknowledge, Introduce, Duration, Explain, and Thank you of all patients and family members.
- Ensures that patient's questions, concerns or contraindications are satisfactorily addressed, notifying physician when this cannot be accomplished, prior to the initiation of the procedure.
- Participates in the orientation and training of departmental employees.
- Provides patients with preparatory instruction and explanation of procedures.
- Required documentation is concise, legible and includes precise terminology.
- Reads email each day scheduled to work and follows through with assignment.
- Completes mandatory departmental and Hospital-wide education without prompting.

Quality Control
- Ensures that equipment is fully operational prior to each use, by checking for proper calibration and operating deficiencies.
- Sends all studies to PACS immediately after completion, prints CDs as needed.
- Follows infection control policies

- Restocks linens and supplies, and maintains the department in clean and orderly condition.
- Transports patients, positions patients, and helps them on and off procedure table.
- Performs patient charging activities on the day the service is rendered.
- Willingly lends knowledge and assistance to others upon request as needed and routinely as time is available, without prompting, so that all working time is used for departmental advantage.
- Performs routine duties of clerical and support personnel in accordance with procedure when warranted to ensure continuity and quality of services.
- Keeps supervisor informed on all responsibilities on an ongoing basis, ensuring prompt notification in the event of problems or potential problems.
- Maintains an individual productivity rate equal to other co-workers.
- Ability to operate all work stations associated with the US department.
- Ability to push / retrieve images from the Ultrasound console to PACS.
- Maintain Joint Commission standards and any other regulatory agency standards.
- Takes call when necessary
- Any other duties as assigned.

- Reports problems regarding malfunctioning equipment to supervisor or service provider, so that problem can be corrected in a timely manner.
- Cleans, disinfects and maintains equipment in accordance with infection control policy and department cleaning schedule.

Required Minimum Education:
High school diploma or equivalent from accredited program required Required and Other Education Graduate of a formal Diagnostic Medical Sonography program an accredited Cardiovascular Technology program Preferred or

Required Minimum License(s) and Certification(s):
All certifications are required upon hire unless otherwise stated.

Registered Medical Sonographer or Reg Cardiac Sonographer - CCI or Reg Diag Cardiac Sonographer
Basic Life Support or BLS - Instructor

Additional License(s) and Certification(s):

Required Minimum Experience:
Minimum 1 year experience in echocardiography Preferred or
Graduate of a formal Diagnostic Medical Sonography program Preferred or
Graduate of an accredited Cardiovascular Technology program Preferred

Required Minimum Skills:
Must exhibit excellent communication skills because this position requires frequent verbal and written communications with: physicians, patients, visitors, departmental staff and nursing staff. High
The employee obtains, presents and discusses clinical information regarding job responsibilities on a routine basis. High
Candidate must be able to explain or give directions to maintain goodwill and obtain cooperation with all contacts. High
Must possess the ability to function independently and under pressure while still actively participating in a team environment. High
Position requires the employee to exhibit excellent customer service skills at all times. High
Must be able to perform effectively in a stressful and fast paced work environment. High
Must have the ability to prioritize appropriately. High
Must be detail oriented and have the capacity to effectively multitask throughout the work shift. High
Must have excellent communication skills and the capacity to interact professionally with a variety of customers, including but not limited to patients, families, co-workers, volunteers, and physicians throughout the work shift. High
Must possess the ability to function independently, yet productively as a cooperative team member with various work teams associated with the position. Must be compliant, with a willingness to follow all Hospital policies as well as the established practices, protocols and procedures of the position, department and applicable professional standards. High
Must be flexible with work hours to meet department needs. High
Must be dependable, accountable and cooperative. Assists with providing safe, age appropriate care to the patient by performing all exams provided by the department per department procedures. High
Has the knowledge and ability to obtain a quality diagnostic study properly and safely. High
Responsible for performing a wide variety of technical procedures requiring independent judgment, ingenuity and initiative in the utilization of equipment for the diagnosis and/or treatment of diseases. High
Able to independently perform job functions. High
Sets up the equipment to provide imaging service and positions patient for the procedure. High
Competent in all aspects of Cardiac Ultrasound, patient positioning, exposure factors. High
Must understand anatomy and pathology and how they affect the quality of a procedure High

Keywords: Wellstar Health System, Inc., Marietta , Cardiac Sonographer (Echo Tech), FT Days, Healthcare , Marietta, Georgia

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