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Sonographer Technical Assistant / Per Diem / Rotating / BWH - Radiology

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Brigham And Women's Hospital Boston , MA 02298

Posted 6 months ago

GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:

To utilize the Ultrasound students who are interested and meet the required standards to provide technical services to the L-1 Ultrasound unit. The utilization of this resource will permit coverage assistance to our department, reduce overtime and provide additional opportunities to the students.

The Ultrasound Department initiated a policy that is beneficial to both the Ultrasound Department and the Ultrasound students.

The department provides the students with an opportunity to enhance their clinical experience while earning a wage during their non-clinical hours of training.

The department recognizes and appreciates the valuable contribution of students. To nurture and encourage further growth and development in all aspects of this diagnostic field of imaging, students would benefit not only from the daily interactions of the real working world but would also increase their future marketability.

According to the OPERATIONAL POLICIES outlined by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs: Students may be employed in a clinical setting outside regular educational hours, provided the work does not interfere with regular academic responsibilities. The work must be non-compulsory, paid, and subject to standard employee policies.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

LEVEL I RESPONSIBILITIES
1.Prepare ultrasound room. Turn on ultrasound machine. Make sure that the bathroom is cleaned and stocked with gowns. The cart to the left of the ultrasound unit is stocked with gel, elastic bands, probe covers, linen and a cup of water as lubricant (extra supplies in cabinet). Exam stretcher broken down, stirrups set up and properly positioned for scanning.
2.Register fertility patient in the current Radiology scheduling system so the sonographer can perform the exam and generate a report.
3.Print prior reports and be able to call up prior exams on PACS.
4.Collect requisitions from Reception desk.
5.Escort patient to Ultrasound exam room
6.Enter patient information on Ultrasound unit and sonographer's and chaperon's initials on the screen.
7.Place the transducer cover over the probe. On a piece of paper, document the appropriate measurements. Record the description and thickness of endometrium in exact millimeters. Record follicular measurements to nearest whole number in millimeters. (eg. 9.3 = 9, 9.8 = 10) All other measurements such as a non-simple cyst are also rounded off. When the exam is completed and the patient leaves to change, the room needs to be prepared for the next patient. Clean the probe according to the current process (instructions posted in the room). Bring out the recorded information for the sonographer who will put this information into Ultrastar at a designated time. Inform Sonographer that the next patient is being brought to the exam room.

LEVEL II RESPONSIBLITIES
1.The student-sonographer is expected to meet all employee obligations and responsibilities as stipulated in the policy guidelines of the Ultrasound and

Radiology department.
2.The student-sonographers are expected to demonstrate behavior consistent with the standard of professional behavior when interacting with fellow sonographers, physicians and patients.
3.The student-sonographer should be efficient in performing ultrasound exams: begin patient exams promptly at the beginning of shift and after lunch break. Use appropriate time frames in performing exams (eg. abdominal study should be performed in 30 minutes or less). An exception to these time frames would be complex cases. The most important factor in performing an exam is quality. The quality is not to be comprised in order to meet these time frames. The time frames serve as a guide so that we can be as effective as possible.
4.To be aware of the pace of the department. To realize when things are behind and its important to pick up the pace. Do whatever is necessary to facilitate the daily operation (perform other responsibilities when not scanning such as setting up probes, cleaning and setting up exam rooms, escorting patients, setting up biopsy carts for a procedure). Assisting other BWH staff who come into the department looking for a report or needing to see a patient exam, etc.
5.Be thorough and competent in all computer related functions as well as paperwork responsibilities. The student/sonographer should ask for help when appropriate, particularly when entering complicated reports in Ultrastar.
6.Transport and transfer patients using established procedures according to departmental guidelines.
7.To be knowledgeable about ultrasound system functions as well as those related to imaging equipment (troubleshoot problems prior to calling for assistance).
8.To maintain the upkeep of the examination room in a clean and orderly fashion. Maintain appropriate level of supplies
9.The student/sonographer should be able to independently perform the following studies:

  • ABDOMINAL
  • LIMITED ABDOMINAL
  • RENALS
  • PELVIC (TA/TV)
  • SCROTAL
  • THYROIDS
  • SUPERFICIAL NON-VASCULAR (eg. Baker's Cyst)
  • OBSTERICAL (1st, 2nd and 3rd)
  • LIMITED OBSTETRICAL

The student/sonographer should have assistance from a registered sonographer with the following exams:

  • NEONATAL EXAMS
  • SPECIAL PROCEDURES (eg. Renal biopsies)
  • PORTABLE EXAMS (guidance for thoracentesis)

  1. The student/sonographer should not be working during hours that a registered sonographer is not present.

COMPETENCIES

LEVEL I
1.Can register all types of examinations performed in the department.
2.Can file, purge and pull OB folders appropriately.
3.Clean and stock rooms and check to see that the reading area is organized.
4.Can explain and demonstrate proper procedures for cleansing equipment (transvaginal probe).
5.Demonstrate interpersonal skills sufficient to interact effectively with patients who may be under physical and/or emotional stress.
6.Uses appropriate transducer for each particular exam.
7.Knowledgeable about OBUS. Can accurately enter exam information into OBUS, and uncomplicated reports into ULTRASTAR.
8.Knows location and contents of the interventional/biopsy carts and supply closets.

COMPETENCY

LEVEL II
1.Can register all types of examinations performed in the department
2.Can file, purge and pull OB folders appropriately.
3.Clean and stock rooms and check to see that the reading area is organized.
4.Can explain and demonstrate proper procedures for cleansing equipment (transvaginal probe).
5.Demonstrate interpersonal skills sufficient to interact effectively with patients who may be under physical and/or emotional stress.
6.Uses appropriate transducer for each particular exam.
7.Provides optimum images.
8.Provides optimum measurements (eg. In obstetrical exams, masses)
9.Knowledgeable about OBUS. Can accurately enter exam information into OBUS, and uncomplicated reports into Ultrasound Reporting Systems(ULTRASTAR. )
10. Able to present cases to the physician completely and appropriately. Has previous studies/reports available, into Ultrasound Reporting Systems (ULTRASTAR/OBUS) accurate, protocol documented, and able to provide a concise patient history.
11. Knows location and contents of the interventional/biopsy carts and supply closets.
1.Candidate must Have a High School diploma or equivalent
2.Before the ultrasound student sonographer is eligible to work in the Ultrasound Department the student must meet standards stipulated in competencies set to reflect what is appropriate for their level of clinical experience.

SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
1.Strong organization and interpersonal skills
2.Detail oriented
3.Ability to exercise independent judgment
4.Ability to work under stress and pressure
5.Ability to work with patients of all kinds

WORKING CONDITIONS:
1.Normal teaching clinical hospital environment.
2.Exposure to high frequency sound waves.
3.Possibility of contact with infectious diseases and bodily fluids.
4.Standing and walking most of the day.


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