Radiation Therapist I

Valley Medical Center Renton , WA 98055

Posted 2 weeks ago

The position description is a guide to the critical duties and essential functions of the job, not an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, qualifications, physical demands and work environment conditions. Position descriptions are reviewed and revised to meet the changing needs of the organization.

TITLE: Radiation Therapist

ROLE: See job description for Clinical Support Partner for generic job duties. Additionally, works under the supervision of a Radiation Oncologist to simulate and deliver a course of radiation therapy. Works as a member of a multidisciplinary team to serve the cancer patient. Supports and participates in all quality assurance programs related to the delivery of care.

AREA OF ASSIGNMENT: Radiation Oncology

HOURS OF WORK: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

RESPONSIBLE TO: Manager Radiation Oncology & Lead Radiation Therapist

PREREQUISITES:

  • Skilled at interpersonal relationships and able to work with a wide range of staff as part of a multidisciplinary team.

  • Must be able to modify clinical services based on age, growth and development stage of patient.

  • Emotionally stabile with the ability to successfully react to rapidly changing, stressful situations in order to maintain order and control.

  • Demonstrates critical thinking skills, openness to change and a willingness to undertake expanded duties.

  • Maintain technical proficiency in current radiation oncology practices and procedures.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Registered by the ARRT in Radiation Oncology or its international equivalent and the State of Washington as a radiation therapist.

  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills

  • Neat and well-groomed appearance

UNIQUE PHYSICAL/MENTAL DEMANDS, ENVIRONMENT, AND WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • See Generic Job Description for Clinical Support Partner

  • Radiation Therapist uses his/her technical abilities to simulate or deliver a course of radiation therapy as prescribed by a radiation oncology physician. Position requires critical thinking, problem solving skills, accuracy and attention to detail when delivering treatments. Awareness for the patient and good communication skills are essential for quality care. The job includes regular contact with patients and multidisciplinary team.

PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Generic Job Functions: See Generic Job Description for Clinical Support Partner

B. Unique Job Functions:

  • Follows Lead RT instructions involving day to day issues that come up.

  • Maintain open, respectful and productive communications with all patient care team members in order to support safe patient care environment.

  • Interpret and verify the mathematical accuracy of treatment plan.

  • Verify treatment plan against the prescription.

  • Verify set-up instructions and communicate any problem or discrepancy to the appropriate person.

  • Communicate in a respectful, compassionate and supportive manner with the patient and family. Work to schedule patient at a time convenient for them.

  • Follow and set-up the treatment room and machine parameters according to prescription. Deliver a planned course of radiation therapy.

  • Maintain daily records and document the technical details of the treatments administered.

  • Perform all QA essential to safe patient handling including checklists, filming, chart checks, chart rounds and IVD measurements.

  • Demonstrate effective follow through for all patient related activity to ensure patient care continues without interruption.

  • Provide patient with care and comfort essential to radiation therapy procedures. Therapist should be comfortable in providing appropriate communication related to the treatments.

  • Observe the clinical progress of the patient undergoing radiation therapy. Recognize the first signs of any complication and determine when treatment should be withheld until a physician can be consulted. Have the patient see the physician on a routine basis.

  • Detect equipment malfunctions or unintended set-up variation and report to the proper authority immediately. Know and operate within the safe limits of the equipment.

  • Must apply the rules and regulations for radiation safety.

  • Will participate in warm-up rotations for both accelerators.

  • Will be part of the RT On-Call schedule and adhere to On-Call Policy.

  • Assure that patient charges are complete and accurate on a daily basis. Use time wisely for the benefit of the patient and employer.

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Job Qualifications:

PREREQUISITES:

  • Skilled at interpersonal relationships and able to work with a wide range of staff as part of a multidisciplinary team.

  • Must be able to modify clinical services based on age, growth and development stage of patient.

  • Emotionally stabile with the ability to successfully react to rapidly changing, stressful situations in order to maintain order and control.

  • Demonstrates critical thinking skills, openness to change and a willingness to undertake expanded duties.

  • Maintain technical proficiency in current radiation oncology practices and procedures.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Registered by the ARRT in Radiation Oncology or its international equivalent and the State of Washington as a radiation therapist.

  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills

  • Neat and well-groomed appearance

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