Nuclear Medicine Technologist II

Los Angeles County Los Angeles , CA 90009

Posted 2 months ago

Position/Program Information

EXAM NUMBER:

Y5803M

TYPE OF RECRUITMENT:

OPEN COMPETITIVE JOB OPPORTUNITY

FIRST DAY OF FILING: September 11, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.(PST)

UNTIL THE NEEDS OF THE SERVICES ARE MET AND IS SUBJECT TO CLOSURE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.

All County workforce members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Successful candidates for this position will be required to submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or request an exemption for qualifying medical or religious reasons during the onboarding process. Candidates should not present proof of vaccination until instructed to do so by the hiring department.

ABOUT LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) is the second largest municipal health system in the nation. DHS operates as an integrated health system, operating 26 health centers and four acute care hospitals, in addition to providing health care to youth in the juvenile justice system and inmates in the LA County jails. Across the network of DHS' directly operated clinical sites and through partnerships with community-based clinics, DHS cares for about 800,000 unique patients each year, employs over 22,000 staff, and has an annual operating budget of 5 billion.

Through academic affiliations with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Southern California (USC), and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Sciences (CDU), DHS hospitals are training sites for physicians completing their Graduate Medical Education in nearly every medical specialty and subspecialty. In addition, to its direct clinical services, DHS also runs the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency and the County's 911 emergency response system, as well as Housing for Health and the Office of Diversion and Re-entry, each with a critical role in connecting vulnerable populations, including those released from correctional and institutional settings, to supportive housing.

MISSION

To advance the health of our patients and our communities by providing extraordinary care.

DEFINITION:

Performs advanced metabolic and advanced dynamic radioisotope scanning tests and associated wet laboratory procedures to produce graphic and numerical results for the diagnosis of pathological conditions.

Essential Job Functions

  • Prepares patients for test, therapy or treatments and administers the proper does of radiopharmaceuticals to patients, by injection, inhalation or oral route.

  • Performs nuclear medicine procedures including, but not limited to lung ventilation and perfusion, myocardial imaging tests, gated images and renal studies, some of which include dynamic and gated tests.

  • Operates gamma camera for data acquisition, reconstructs images, evaluates for technical quality, and submits for physician interpretation.

  • Performs quantative tests such as coronary artery imaging, lung ventilation and perfusion, and myocardial imaging tests.

  • Performs and quantifies dynamic tests such as radionuclide angiocardiography including gated images.

  • Calculates, dispenses, and administers isotope dosages following established departmental procedures and appropriate safety measures.

  • Orders radioactive materials, receives radioactive materials packages, and manages waste disposal. Prepares, calculates, and documents of radiopharmaceuticals. Employ safety methods to protect patients and medical staff from radiation exposure.

  • Performs quality control of gamma cameras. Survey meters, and hot lab equipment regularly in accordance with department procedures and manufacturer recommendations.

  • Explains rationale for various procedures to nuclear medicine students, teaches basic operating principles of common laboratory equipment, and demonstrates techniques.

  • Constructs time versus activity histograms from a particular organ or region of interest, corrects for background, and determines the area under the curve.

  • Maintains records of equipment QC, inventory, procedures, doses administered, sealed sources and disposal.

  • Adapts new nuclear medicine procedures for routine use.

  • Performs metabolic tests including ferrokinetic, albumin turnovers calcium absorption, protein turnover, red cell survival, red cell sequestration, fat absorption and fat utilization tests.

  • Calibrates instruments associated with test, for example, by running control samples to construct curves for liquid scintillation counting.

  • Constructs radionuclide dilution curves for various cardiac chambers and lungs.

  • Performs data analysis of in-vivo tests utilizing data generated from scintillation probes or stationary imaging devices and recorded on tape or disc; plays back the study and selects a particular region of interest based on characteristics observed in the image; tests measures blood flow of the brain, liver and other organs, and collects test data directly from the patient or from storage devices.

  • Performs radioimmunoassay involving the quality control of a large number of patient specimens and the duplication of precise measurements and environment over extended periods of time.

Requirements

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Completion of an accredited training course in nuclear medicine techniques.*

  • AND-

  1. One (1) year of experience performing nuclear medicine technological procedures at the level of a Nuclear Medicine Technologist I under the direction of a qualified physician in a clinical nuclear medicine facility.

LICENSE(S) AND CERTIFICATE(S):

  • Current certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist in Nuclear Medicine (AART-NM) -OR- Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB).*

PHYSICAL CLASS:

III- MODERATE: Includes standing or walking most of the time, with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching; includes working on irregular surfaces, occasionally lifting objects weighting over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION:

  • Please be sure to attach a legible photocopy of the required license, certificate, and/or permit of compliance to your application at the time of filing or email it to the analyst within 15 calendar days from filing online. Applications submitted without the required license, certificate, and/or permit will be considered incomplete until such information is provided. The original license, certificate, and/or permit must be presented during the selection process and prior to appointment.

The required certificate and permit MUST be current and unrestricted; a conditional, provisional, probationary or restricted certificate or permit will NOT be accepted.

Experience at the level of Nuclear Medicine Technologist I in the County of Los Angeles is defined as: Performs routine static and dynamic organ radioisotope scanning and associated routine wet laboratory procedures to produce graphic and numerical results for the diagnostics of pathological conditions.

No out of class experience will be accepted.

DESIRABLE QUALFICATION(S):

  • Additional credit will be awarded for additional experience beyond the minimum requirements.

Additional Information

EXAMINATION CONTENT:

This examination will consist of an evaluation of experience based upon application information, desirable qualification, and supplemental questionnaire, weighted at 100%.

Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the examination in order to be placed on the eligible register.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:

Applications will be processed on an "as received" basis and those receiving a passing score will be promulgated to the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months followign the date of promulgation.

NO PERSON MAY COMPETE IN THIS EXAMINATION MORE THAN ONCE EVERY TWELVE (12) MONTHS.

AVAILABLE SHIFT:

Appointees may be required to work any shift including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.

VACANCY INFORMATION:

The resulting Eligible Register will be used to fill vacancies throughout the Department of Health Services as they occur.

APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION:

APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE ONLY. APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED BY U.S. MAIL, FAX OR IN PERSON WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Apply online by clicking on the green "Apply" button at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website.

For the foreseeable future, all notices including invitation letters, result letters and notices of non-acceptance will be sent electronically to the email address provided on the application. It is important that applicants provide a valid email address. Please add gmargosian@dhs.lacounty.gov and info@governmentjobs.com to your email address book and to the list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered as SPAM/JUNK mail. Please note, if you opt out of receiving emails, you can visit governmentjobs.com, log into your profile and check your inbox. The inbox retains a copy of all emails sent, for your records.

All information is subject to verification. We may reject your application at any time during the examination and hiring process, including after appointment has been made. Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or rescission of appointment.

Utilizing VERBIAGE from the Class Specification and Minimum Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT be sufficient to demonstrate that you met the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION and you may be DISQUALIFIED.

This examination will remain open until the needs of the service are met. Application filing may be suspended at any time with or without advance notice.

Fill out your application completely. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, and description of work performed. If your application is incomplete, it will be rejected.

NOTE: If you are unable to attach the required documents, you must e-mail the documents to the exam analyst at gmargosian@dhs.lacounty.gov within fifteen (15) calendar days of filing online or your application will be rejected. Please include the exam number and the exam title.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:

Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD:

All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member's or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

FAIR CHANCE INITIATIVE:

The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individual assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.

ADA COORDINATOR PHONE

(323) 914-7111

TELETYPE PHONE

(800) 899-4099

CALIFORNIA RELAY SERVICES PHONE

(800) 735-2922

DEPARTMENT CONTACT

Germine Margosian, Exam Analyst

(323) 914-5137

gmargosian@dhs.lacounty.gov

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