Ultrasound Tech
Moses Lake Clinic - Moses Lake, WA

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JOB DESCRIPTION

WENATCHEE VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER

JOB TITLE: Ultrasound Technologist REVISED: March 2012

Reg - Tech 8 (1374); Un-reg Tech 7 (1356)

DEPARTMENT: Diagnostic Imaging REPORTS TO: Manager/Asst Manager

LOCATION: Wenatchee Valley Medical Center OSHA CLASS: 1

OVERALL PURPOSE OF POSITION:
Performs all routine and special ultrasound procedures. Provides patients with safe, courteous and efficient care. Assists in other sections of the department as needed.

JOB FUNCTIONS

ESSENTIAL:
1. Prepares for and performs all ultrasound examinations.

2. Completes “Informed Consent” forms as needed.

3. Maintains the cleanliness of the ultrasound machines and associated minor equipment in accordance with infection control policies and procedures.

4. Attends department meetings and participates in in-house inservice education.

5. Follows good radiation safety, quality assurance and infection control procedures.

6. Provides courteous and efficient patient care by following Diagnostic Imaging Department Patient Centered Performance Standards.

7. Completes required paperwork for each examination performed.

8. Lifts and transfers patients as needed using safe ergonomic technique and utilizes the hydraulic lift or other safe patient handling devices and the patient's family members or caregivers when necessary.

9. Maintains patient confidentiality.

MARGINAL:
1. Makes verbal presentations to groups.

2. Provides leadership for other department employees.

NOTE: This list of job functions is not intended to be all inclusive and may be expanded to include other functions that may be deemed necessary.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Wenatchee only: Lead Specials Tech provides work assignments and minimal supervision as needed. When working in other sections of the department, the Lead Persons for these areas provide work assignments and minimal supervision as needed. Full supervision is provided by the Area Manager. At all other sites: Area or Department Manager provides supervision.

QUALIFICATIONS:
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:
1. Completion of a course in ultrasound technology approved by the ARDMS required.

a. Training in multiple areas of ultrasound preferred.

b. Additional training in other diagnostic imaging modalities, including but not limited to: CT, Mammography, MRI, and NM preferred.

2. Clinical experience in ultrasound obtained during completion of the course listed as “required” in the education section.

a. One year or more as an ultrasound technologist preferred.

LICENSING/CERTIFICATIONS:
1. ARDMS registered or registry eligible and actively pursuing registry required.

a. Certification or registry in any other diagnostic imaging field preferred.

b. Multiple ultrasound registries.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Required Technical Skills:
1. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology for the examination to be performed.

2. Knowledge of the factors of ultrasonic exposure sufficient to operate equipment safely.

3. Knowledge of PACS and RIS and EMR.

4. Operation of equipment.

5. Personal computer skills.

Interpersonal Skills/Abilities:
6. Ability to relate effectively with co-workers, physicians and staff and function as a part of a team.

7. Ability to relate effectively to patients, guests and the general public.

8. Ability to respond calmly in an emergency situation.

9. Ability to deal effectively with the public in confrontational situations.

10. Ability to speak clearly and concisely.

11. Ability to communicate effectively in written form.

Other Skills/Abilities:
12. Ability to work efficiently amidst on-going distractions.

13. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

14. Pleasant phone manner.

15. Attention to detail and numerical accuracy.

16. Ability to reason and think logically to solve problems.

17. Ability to use judgment and make decisions.

18. Ability to maintain confidentiality of patient information.

19. Ability to perform work against deadlines.

20. Ability to examine documents for accuracy and completeness.

PHYSICAL/SENSORY DEMANDS:
Requires walking, standing, reaching above, below and at shoulder height. Requires crawling, kneeling, bending, stooping, crouching, twisting and turning. Lifts and carries items weighing up to 50 pounds, assists in lifting patients weighing up to 450 pounds and places them in appropriate positions with the use of safe patient handling equipment. Requires manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination for operation of equipment. Requires eyesight correctable to a level sufficient to operate equipment, review DICOM images and complete associated paperwork. Depth perception is required. Required hearing correctable to a level sufficient to use the telephone and hear a patient speaking when your back is turned. The abilities to smell and to feel when touching are required.

WORKING CONDITIONS :
Technologists work inside in temperature controlled areas of approximately 70 degrees. Technologists are exposed to ionizing radiation, hazardous chemicals, infectious diseases, skin irritants, moderate to heavy stress and pressure (heavy in the case of life threatening situations). Technologists are expected to work alone in some situations and to work closely with others in other situations. Work schedules are variable and may well include evening hours and weekend work. Overtime is moderate, but does occur. OSHA regulations require technologists to wear appropriate protective clothing when performing procedures that provide exposure to blood and other body substances.

HEALTH AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS:
Updates CPR skills on an annual basis. Understands and complies with Clinic safety procedures, including code and evacuation procedures. Understands and complies with Diagnostic Imaging Department Radiation Safety Policies and Procedures. Understands and follows all universal blood and body substance precautions and associated engineering and work practice controls and personal protective equipment requirements. Must not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of the individual or others. Complies with Clinic/Department standards pertaining to the use of sick leave and unpaid absences due to medical reasons.

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