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Lead Sonographer, Perinatal
Howard University Hospital
Washington , District of Columbia 20060
Posted 3 months ago
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Under general supervision, the Lead Sonographer provides patient care by performing diagnostic sonograms of a high technical quality. Responsible for coordinating patient scheduling and daily work assignments, and serves as a resource for Ultrasonographers. Recommend changes in procedures, policies, and quality improvement, as well as coordinates training and development of the Sonographers, keeping them advised of technological changes. The Lead Sonographer will also be involved in development of the Perinatal Center to include budget planning, equipment maintenance and purchases, and implementation of new procedures.
Reporting directly to this position will be the Perinatal Sonographers.
NATURE AND SCOPE:
Interacts internally with all levels of hospital personnel, physicians, patients, and family members in providing medical, clinical, or other patient care services.
Oversees and coordinates the daily work activities of Fetal Ultrasonographers:
Reviews requests for ultrasound procedures and assists in prioritizing consultation with the supervisor. Helps to ensure that procedures are performed according to established standards and with optimal efficiency. Maintains a smooth operational, efficient and productive workflow
Provides technical guidance to ultrasound staff, residents and ultrasound students to help resolve difficult problems or questions which arise in the conduct or execution of ultrasound procedures; assumes responsibility for assigning more complicated procedures including 3D, 4D technology for all types of exams. Assists with invasive/intraoperative procedures; mentors other staff in complex exams.
Participates in the orientation and training of ultrasound staff, directing and instructing staff on ultrasound procedures and departmental policies and standards, as directed. Oversees orientation and precepting plan of new staff and students.
Provides input into Ultrasonographer performance evaluations and disciplinary process. Oversees peer review feedback and summarizes feedback for performance evaluation preparation. Provides feedback on daily work performance, correcting errors and recommending alternate work methods under the guidance of the supervisor.
Moves staff across continuum of skill by mentoring others in advancement of skills, certification and new technology.
Leads unit level process improvement related to ultrasound practice and principles. Identifies and problem solves adverse events, near misses, and operational processes as related to ultrasound practice.
Maintains unit compliance with JCAHO, DCRA, local and Federal regulatory standards.
Ensures the availability of support services, supplies and equipment to facilitate patient care.
Prepare exam room and ultrasound equipment to conduct sonography examinations in accordance with infectious disease, sterilization, and patient safety protocols, policies, and procedures.
Review patient medical history and supporting clinical information.
Use proper patient positioning tools, devices, equipment adjustment, and ergonomically correct scanning techniques to ensure patient comfort and safety, and to prevent compromised data acquisition or musculoskeletal injury to the sonographer.
Conduct patient clinical assessment and perform the diagnostic medical sonography examination
Review examination images, synthesize examination results, and prepare preliminary findings.
Exercise responsibility to ensure that the ultrasound equipment is functioning accurately.
Assume responsibility for the preventive maintenance program for ultrasound equipment.
Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area. The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.
Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training.
Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.
Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities.
Adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.
Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.
Must demonstrate collaboration; accountability; respect; excellence; and service.
Works with team members and peers in and outside of their immediate work group to create an exceptional experience for patients, students and other visitors; looks for ways to achieve departmental/institutional results by partnering.
Accepts responsibility for his/her actions to provide health care and or ancillary functions in a highly efficient and compassionate manner. The employee must function as a Steward (Have Ownership) of the Howard values that foster a commitment to improving the patient and student experience, organizational efficiency and the environment.
Embraces diversity; cares holistically for those we serve; treats all as we would like to be treated; manages the patients right to privacy with meticulous care 100% of the time and keeps patient and proprietary information about the institution confidential.
Anticipates the patients and students needs, presents as a model representative of the institution and maintains high standards of care while striving to improve performance and create exceptional experiences for our customers.
Behaves in a friendly, resourceful and professional manner towards all they encounter; treats patients, students and visitors in the same way that they would want their family members or themselves to be treated.
Demonstrated proficiency with computer skills and software programs.
Ability to effectively motivate and lead others.
Self-motivated & directed with regard to increasing level of understanding and knowledge.
Ability to handle multiple tasks/projects and meet objectives and deadlines.
Effective oral and written professional communications skills.
Ability to demonstrate ethical and professional behaviors at all times.
Ability to use initiative and independent judgment.
Ability to work independently.
Knowledge regarding quality improvement and standards of care within practice area.
Capable of demonstrating flexibility with demands of external/internal customers placed on operating functions of the department.
Demonstrates critical care skills to patients with higher acuity.
Demonstrates responsibility for own professional growth through pursuit of work-related experiences and educational opportunities
Competence in both oral and written English.
Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.
Graduate from an AMA approved school of Ultrasound Technology is required.
Registered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers required.
Registered in fetal echocardiography by ARDS required (or obtained within 12 months).
Registered in Abdomen and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Registered in Vascular Technology is recommended.
Applicable certifications by Fetal Medicine Foundation or SMFM in Nuchal Translucency. Experience in MF Dopplers, Cervical Assessment and Tricuspid Regurgitation and ductus venosus assessment expected.
Five (5) years experience and clinical knowledge in perinatal clinical specialty.
Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support required.
Must be able to stand, walk, sit, lift, bend, write, type, file, speak, hear, see, calculate, compare, edit, evaluate, interpret and organize for extended periods of time.