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Munson Healthcare Ultrasonographer III in Traverse City, Michigan

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

In addition to all requirements outlined in Job Code 499:

High School graduate or equivalent. Completion of college or hospital based Cardiovascular Program or Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program or completion of Allied Health Program approved by the AMA or equivalent experience in pediatric echo or vascular program.

Must be a Registered Cardiovascular Diagnostic Sonographer (RDCS) or a Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers or Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) or registered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers or Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) for Vascular Ultrasound (RVT) Register Vascular Technologist.

Must be proficient in adult Stress Echo/Dobutamine Stress Echo and approved by the Medical Director. Registered in pediatric echoes through ARDMS or CCI or obtain certification for pediatric echo through a pediatric course such as the Burwin Institute Course (40 hour continuing medical education credits), or equivalent recognized approved course in pediatric echo.

Must be able to do 2D Echocardiograms, M-mode, PW & CW Doppler, and Color Spectral Doppler on adults and proficient at pediatric patients. In addition, must be able to perform transesophageal echocardiograms, stress echocardiograms and Dobutamine stress echocardiograms.

Or vascular imaging.

Must have a minimum of 2 year clinical experience. Experience in intraoperative sonography is desired. Must be approved by Medical Director of lab at MMC and pediatric labs we collaborate with in Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor.

Must perform examinations in an acceptable time frame using a variety of complex equipment.

Must be knowledgeable in the use of IV pumps and stress testing preparation.

Must be a permanent employee scheduled to work at least 24 hours per week.

ORGANIZATION

This position is under the general supervision of the Manager of Cardiac Diagnostic Suite and Traverse Heart & Vascular and direct supervision of the Echocardiography Coordinator, in addition to the Director of Cardiology and the Medical Director of Cardiac Diagnostic Suite. Has a close working relationship with the cardiologists and medical staff and consistently comes in contact with members of the nursing staff.

This position will be a service line position meaning that individuals selected for this position will be required to cover various sites within the Munson Healthcare Cardiovascular Service line. The service line includes Cardiac Diagnostic Suite @ Webber Heart Center Traverse City, Traverse Heart & Vascular Traverse City, Cadillac and Grayling, Munson Healthcare Cadillac, Munson Healthcare Grayling, Kalkaska Memorial Health Clinic and Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital.

There is a continuous working relationship with other members of the CDS team (medical staff, nursing staff and physician office staff).

Cooperates with all department personnel in a positive and professional manner, maintaining ethical relationships. Maintains a positive and loyal attitude towards employer.

There is no supervisory or managerial responsibilities with the position, however, the cardiac ultrasound technologist must teach the procedures to other designated staff. May be required to travel outside the hospital.

HUMAN RELATIONS

Must be capable of working without direct supervision, within guidelines set by department heads.

Provide patient care, obtain patient history, communicate with patients and relatives.

Must be able to respond quickly in emergency situations.

Maintains professional appearance by adhering to Dress Code of the Cardiac Diagnostic Suite

PROBLEM SOLVING

Interprets priority of work when high volume situations arise, still maintaining departmental goals and objectives.

Must be able to improvise and adapt standard procedures to fit nonstandard circumstances.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Works in dimly lit, clean surroundings.

At times works under stress.

Stands and walks most of the time within CDS and periodically throughout the hospital.

Frequent lifting and pulling/pushing loads (transporting patients and machine).

Exposure to the unknown effects of ultrasound.

Handles equipment in a responsible, professional manner.

PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Lead tech (lead tech must be a full-time staff member).

AGE OF PATIENTS SERVED

Cares for patients in the age category(s) checked below:

Neonatal (birth-1 mo) Young adult (18 yr-25 yrs) Infant (1 mo-1 yr) Adult (26 yrs-54 yrs) Early childhood (1 yr-5 yrs) Sr. Adult (55 yrs-64 yrs) Late childhood (6 yrs-12 yrs) Geriatric (65 yrs & above) Adolescence (13 yrs-17 yrs) X All ages (birth & above) No direct clinical contact with patients

SPECIFIC DUTIES

  1. Supports the Mission, Vision and Values of Munson Healthcare. Munson Medical Center is the core of a regional health system. In partnership with physicians, we provide quality, compassionate, comprehensive and cost-effective services for improvement of the health of our patients and the communities we serve.

  2. Embraces and supports the Performance Improvement philosophy of Munson Healthcare. We are committed to the name "Munson" meaning excellence. We will provide services that meet our customers' requirements every time.

  3. Has basic understanding of AIDET principles (Acknowledge, Introduce, Duration, Explain, Thank You) and applies those principles to daily patient care.

  4. Promotes personal and patient safety. Knows the physical requirements of the job and work within those guidelines. Performs job duties safely at all times, utilizing learned body mechanics and transferring/lifting techniques. Plans actions to promote safety. Reports any unsafe situation/equipment according to Hospital procedure.

  5. Uses effective customer service/interpersonal skills at all times.

  6. Performs routine and STAT two dimensional echocardiograms, M-mode and cardiac Doppler studies with direct supervision within guidelines set by department heads.

  7. Performs adult 2D Echocardiograms, M-mode, PW & CW Doppler, Color Spectral Doppler and Transesophageal Echocardiograms, with some exposure to pediatric patients. In addition, performs stress echocardiograms and Dobutamine stress echocardiograms.

  8. Administers ultrasound contrast agents according to the protocol outlined in Policy #077.G016. Required to complete initial competency regarding the administration of these agents, in addition to annual competencies thereafter.

  9. Assists physicians in performance of other related examinations, such as pericardialcentesis, PFO closures, and transesophageal echocardiograms during surgery.

  10. Sonographer evaluates the echocardiography studies for any life threatening abnormalities and pathologies and immediately notifies the interpreting physicians.

  11. Solicits feedback from cardiologists to assure they are satisfied with procedures and technique.

  12. Performs departmental procedures while the patient is in isolation and disinfects the equipment immediately after the procedure.

  13. Performs all patient reports for the interpreting physician per department policy to ensure a timely distribution to the patient’s medical record and the referring physician.

  14. Compiles all patient information and billing information for each study done for the interpreting physician.

  15. Completes patient charges through the hospital computer system for all procedures done on both inpatients and outpatients.

  16. Schedules an organized workload as necessary to ensure efficient utilization of equipment and time.

  17. Cleans, calibrates, and adjusts equipment to keep it in good maintenance. Notifies section leader or manager when repairs have to be made.

  18. It is the responsibility of this position to make sure that the operational supplies have been ordered for the echocardiography procedures.

  19. Rotates on-call to cover after regularly scheduled department hours of operation.

  20. Performs echocardiography services in affiliate hospitals.

  21. May be required to drive to affiliate hospitals.

  22. May be required to cover when other sonographers are on vacation or during unforeseen absence.

  23. May be required to perform a 12 lead ECG or assist in stress testing.

  24. May be required to perform CPR until the code blue team arrives.

  25. When echocardiographic procedures have been completed is required to assist with other CDS procedures as needed.

  26. Keeps current regarding developments in trends and techniques of Sonography by reading technical journals, participating inservice education programs, attending conferences, etc. Maintaining an active status with the ARDMS and/or Cardiovascular Credentialing International, by meeting all continuing education requirements.

  27. Is expected to be proficient with digital reporting and electronic worksheets.

  28. Offers suggestions to improve operations in area of expertise.

  29. Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

  30. Use two patient identifiers on all patients.

  31. Meets and maintains standards set by the International Accreditation Commission (IAC).

  32. Completes annual testing for Musculoskeletal Disorders according to IAC standards.

  33. Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

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