Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Richmond , VA 23234
VCU Health System's Nuclear Medicine is seeking a Full Time Nuclear Tech. The practice of nuclear medicine is performed by a nuclear medicine technologist responsible for the administration of radioactive materials to humans of all ages (newborn to geriatric) for diagnostic, therapeutic, or research purposes.
A nuclear medicine technologist performs nuclear medicine exams or treatments at the request of and for interpretation by a licensed independent practitioner. Nuclear Medicine integrates scientific knowledge, technical skills, patient interaction and compassionate care resulting in diagnostic information. A nuclear medicine technologist recognizes patient conditions essential for successful completion of a procedure.
Nuclear Medicine Technologists must demonstrate an understanding of human anatomy, physiology, chemistry, nuclear physics, mathematics, pharmacology, pathology, and medical terminology. The responsibilities of the nuclear medicine technologist include, but are not limited to patient care, quality control, diagnostic procedures, radiopharmaceutical and adjunctive medication preparation and administration, in vitro diagnostic testing radionuclide therapy, and radiation safety.
Nuclear Medicine Technologist must maintain a high degree of accuracy in positioning and/or protocol selection. They must possess, utilize, and maintain knowledge of radiation safety principles and continually perform and assess quality control measures on equipment and procedures. The nuclear medicine technologist prepares and administers medications and radioactive isotopes related to nuclear medicine imaging exams or therapies.
Nuclear Medicine Technologists are the primary liaison between patients, licensed independent practitioners and other members of the support team. Nuclear medicine technologists must remain sensitive to the physical and emotional needs of the patient through good communication, assessment, monitoring, and care skills. Participation in quality improvement processes and continuous assessment of performance is expected. Nuclear Medicine Technologists think critically and use independent, professional, and ethical judgment in all aspects of work Engagement in continuing education to enhance patient care, public education, knowledge, and technical competence is expected in this role.
Nuclear Medicine Technologists independently performs or assist the licensed independent practitioner in the completion of diagnostic and therapeutic exams and/or treatments.
Calculates medication doses for radioactive isotopes.
Nuclear Medicine Technologists independently complete imaging exams based on physicians written order, department protocols, and institutional safety standards.
Represents the goals, values, and vision of VCU Health System.
Ensures adherence to regulatory standards, health system and department policies, procedures, processes, and guidelines applicable to role.
Resolves basic service delivery issues.
Lead technologists may perform "lead technologist" functions such as coordinating work assignments, workflow, and staffing for an assigned shift/area; serve as clinical or technical resource; provide training.
Individual shift rotation and schedules will be established with your specific manager or supervisor. Schedules, including requirements of shift rotations and hours of work may be adjusted as necessary to meet staffing needs of the health system.
On-call, weekend and other after hours coverage may be required based on workload demand and staffing needs of the health system. Nuclear Medicine Technologists are considered "Essential Employees" who may be required to report to work in accordance with the VCUHS Policy.
Certification by the Nuclear Medicine Technologist Certification Board (NMTCB) or Registry by the American Registry of Radiology Technologist -Nuclear Medicine (ARRT-N)
New graduates must obtain NMTCB certification or ARRT-N registry prior to first day of employment.
Graduation from a JRC Accredited Program in Nuclear Medicine that is recognized by the NMTCB and/or ARRT
Bachelor's Degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology or Radiologic Technology with an emphasis in Nuclear Medicine from an accredited program
One (1) year of previous nuclear medicine or PET/CT work experience.
Previous work experience in an academic medical center environment
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disability status.