RADIATION THERAPIST
Duke University and Duke University Health System 15 reviews - Durham, NC

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FULL TIME 40 HOURS PER WEEK, DAY SHIFT M-F

DURHAM REGIONAL HOSPITAL RADIATION ONCOLOGY

Occ Summary

Apply ionizing radiation to the patient (inclusive of pediatric, adult,
and geriatric populations)
in accordance with the prescription and instructions of the Radiation
Oncologist and under the
general supervision of the Chief Therapist.

Work Performed

Deliver accurately the prescribed planned course of radiation
therapy with minimal supervision.

*Check prescription, diagnosis,
chart and patient identification.

*Explain procedure to patient,
means of communication during treatment and procedure to follow if
emergency arises during
treatment.
*Reinforce Radiation
Oncologist's advice to patient regarding reactions to treatment and
their care.

*Prepare room and equipment for patient according to
prescription regarding immobilization devices, field size, treatment
distance, lead protection
devices, etc.

*Transfer patient safely
to treatment couch, giving special care to catheters, intravenous
drips, etc.

*Check daily treatment time and delivers prescribed
dose.
*Maintain visual and audible communication with the patient
during treatment.

*Maintain patient markings.
Observe patient
for unusual reactions and events and report accurate information to the
nursing staff and/or
Radiation Oncologist.

Observe radiation
safety measures for patient and personnel.

Perform
simulations.

Assist in tumor localization procedures,
preparation of immobilization devices, etc.

Assist in dosimetry
procedures (i.e. Prescription calculations).

Obtain weekly port
films and present such at chart rounds for review by Radiation Oncology
staff.

Assume weekly on- call status on a rotation basis.
(Applies to Duke staff therapist only)

Perform and document
daily accelerator warm-up and QA procedures.(DRH and
RCH)

Maintain records of daily treatment and other records as
required by department quality assurance and quality improvement
activities.

Perform mold room duties.(DRH and
RCH)

Secure and maintain supplies.

Secure x-ray and lab
reports as needed.

Report erratic operation of equipment to
Chief Radiation therapist, Radiation Physicist and/or Medical
Engineer.

Particpate in departmental PI (Performance
Improvement) activities.

Assist in the hiring and orienting of
new personnel.

Attend weekly QA rounds, monthly therapy
meetings, and educational in-services.

Incorporate department
and hospital policies and procedures into care provided.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge in principles, practices and procedures involved in the
operation of ionizing
radiographic and radiation therapy
equipment.

Knowledge of the human anatomy and proper positioning of
the patient to provide treatment as prescribed.

Ability to
administer CPR in a medical emergency.

Level Characteristics

N/A

Minimum Qualifications
Education

Satisfactory completion of a 24 month course in radiology technology and a 12 month course in radiation therapy technology; or Satisfactory completion of a 24 month course in radiation therapy technology; or Registered nurse who has satisfactorily completed a 12-month course in radiation therapy technology; or Satisfactory completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in radiation therapy. Experience

One year clinical training in Radiation Therapy. Degrees, Licensures, Certifications

Current licensure as required by state or national authority and/or certification or board eligible in Radiation Therapy by the American Registry of Radiology Technology. Maintain ARRT certification in radiation therapy with a minimum of documented 12 hours of continuing education.

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