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Vascular Sonographer I - PRN | Weekends
Job Ref # 16365
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Location:
Houston Methodist Hospital
6565 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77030

Category: Imaging Services

Job Type: PRN

Posted Date: Oct. 6, 2021

JOB SUMMARY
The Vascular Sonographer I completes a variety of routine non-invasive vascular sonograms. Provides direct assistance to physicians with all diagnostic / special procedures. Delivers exceptional patient care and adheres to sonography standards and guidelines established by Imaging agencies to ensure optimal patient safety and customer service. The Technologist is a member of the direct patient care team. This job requires availability to be on call.

Requirements:

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
PEOPLE - 20%
  1. Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one another to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members of the patient care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner. (EF)

SERVICE - 30%
  1. Performs non-invasive vascular sonograms. Applies vascular sonography knowledge and skills, including a strong sense of vascular pathology & physiology, to each clinical situation. (EF)
  2. Provides care for the physical needs of patients by executing various sonography concepts to maximize performance. This includes: positioning, physiology, procedure preparation, and technical factors. Modifies technical factors to achieve desired imaging results and recognizes complications / limitations associated with certain procedures. Proactively identifies how to address these for optimum outcomes. (EF)
  3. Provides direct assistance to physicians during diagnostic or special procedures, including assisting with sterile technique.

QUALITY/SAFETY - 30%
  1. Follows imaging and sonography safety standards and conducts all imaging procedures accordingly. Properly utilizes patient protective gear and immobilization during diagnostic procedures. Maintains proper sterile techniques for procedures, regularly practices aseptic techniques, and ensures compliance with infection control procedures. Complies with job, departmental and hospital safety standards, practices and policies. (EF)
  2. Reports "near misses" and inputs errors promptly into PSN to improve processes and identify trends. Contributes to identification of corrective actions and improvement activities, and contributes to meeting departmental and hospital targets for quality and safety.
  3. Ensures all imaging equipment has had QC performed as required and is in safe working order prior to use. Reports any malfunctions to management and regularly practices preventive maintenance procedures; calls for service if needed. (EF)

FINANCE - 10%
  1. Provides accurate and complete documentation of patient procedures. Enters charges at the time service is delivered. (EF)
  2. Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks.

GROWTH/INNOVATION - 10%
  1. Participates in departmental projects and shared governance activities.
  2. Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development as a Technologist.

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.

Qualifications:

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Graduate of education program approved by the credentialing body for the required credential(s) indicated below

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
0 years, with one year experience as a Sonographer highly preferred.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED
Vascular Registry required by the end of the month following 18 months of hire/transfer date. Registry options include: ARRT (VS), CCI (RVS) or ARDMS (RVT); ARDMS (RVT) highly preferred
American Heart Association BLS

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills and competency assessments
  • Possesses basic computer knowledge; operates multiple computer systems to include, Hospital / Radiology Information Systems and Office software to maintain patient and exam documents
  • Exhibits strong interpersonal and team player skills with all levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers
  • Adapts to multiple ongoing priorities with minimal supervision including, organizing work flow and actively participating in problem-solving
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles
  • Demonstrates a high level of clinical synthesis, capable of correlating the patient presentation with the clinical attributes of the disease process being evaluated and the image formation necessary to create a well formulated preliminary report

Company Profile:

Since its founding in 1919, Houston Methodist Hospital has earned worldwide recognition. Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation's leading centers for medical education and research. In 2020, U.S. News & World Report named Houston Methodist Hospital to its top ranked Honor Roll for the fourth time and second consecutive year. 2020 also marked the ninth year in a row Houston Methodist Hospital has been named the No. 1 hospital in Texas. Houston Methodist Hospital directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. With 952 operating beds, 85 operating rooms and over 8,000 employees, Houston Methodist offers complete care for patients from around the world.

The same high-quality care for which Houston Methodist is known is available at several Emergency Care Centers in Houston and the surrounding areas. These Emergency Care Centers house exam rooms, full digital radiography suite, low radiation dose 16-slice CT scan, ultrasound and a full on-site stat chemistry lab.

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