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Under the direction of the Imaging Services manager and Medical Director of the Department of Nuclear Medicine, assess patient condition, evaluate exam appropriateness and administer radiopharmaceuticals to patients. Analyze computer acquired data, archive images to PACS, critique results. Perform quality control for all equipment. Adheres to Radiation Safety standards.
a. Locates & properly operates oxygen, suction, blood pressure. IV pump & other essential patient care equipment.
b. Consistently observes patients before, during & after procedures. Makes & uses appropriate mobilization devices.
c. Appropriately transfers patients to/from stretchers,wheelchairs & on/off procedure table, giving care to IVs & other appliances.
d. Safely operates all equipment & immediately reports malfunctions. Locates all emergency switches. Demonstrates understanding of emergency procedures & radiation safety.
e. Assures that all data entered/ retrieved from physicians orders and/or computer system is accurate. Verifies accuracy prior to procedure.
f. Understands biohazard safety regulations and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulations. Properly receives, stores and disposes radioactive material. Performs radiation detection surveys, wipes, decontaminates if appropriate.
Coordination of Services
a. Reviews orders for diagnosis & prescriptions.Appropriately schedules patient & department resources for services.
b. Performs all procedures according to protocol stated in procedure manual, unless directed otherwise by radiologist/physician. Presents completed procedure to radiologist/ physician for interpretation.
c. Collaborates with staff members & physicians to assure delivery of optimal patient care at all times. Demonstrates ability to revise department schedule & staff assignments to meet patient & physician needs & maintain a smooth functioning department with limited rooms & equipment.
d. Assumes responsibility for portions of quality improvement program. Understands all phases. Keeps all documentation current & available. Follows through with any problem areas.
e. Assists in department orientation program as needed;assumes responsibility of training new staff. Assists staff members in keeping orientation program up to date. Contributes to development of educational needs of support staff and/or students.
f. Evaluates diagnostic procedure for appropriateness,takes corrective measures if needed. Screens for previous procedures.
a. Demonstrates proficiency in performing quality control on all nuclear cameras before imaging patients.
b. Prepares and administers radiopharmaceuticals for exams in accordance with procedure manual. Recognizes problems and corrects as needed. Discards contaminated materials in appropriate waste containers. Documents information in electronic Nuclear Medicine Information System.
c. Performs computer processing of data for all procedures. Keeps up to date with all new upgrades.
d. Performs radiopharmaceutical quality control according to department procedure. Takes corrective action as needed.
a. Greets patients by name; introduces self; provides patients with thorough explanation of procedures, efficiently performs procedure. Uses good judgment with add-on cases to meet patient needs and department needs without disrupting schedule.
b. Understands safe & proper machine operation. Knows machine emergency
procedures and radiation safety procedures. Reviews as needed or at least yearly.
c. Demonstrates technical proficiency in producing diagnostic images with the ability to recognize technical abnormalities. Selects the appropriate techniques for each procedure. Positions patients according to department protocol.
d. Prepares & stocks rooms for various exams; checks equipment between patients; orders supplies as needed. Cleans room and equipment between patients, including injection rooms.
e. Effectively alters routine procedures when patient condition indicates - making appropriate changes on requisitions. Submits correct charges for tracers and supplies used in computer system.
f. Assists in the transportation of patients, specimens, etc. Responsible for sending all images to PACS.
g. Works fair share of on-call & weekends. Expected arrival within 30 minutes of 'call in'. Willing to adjust personal schedule in case of fluctuations in workload or departmental need. Displays flexibility by willingly working in any area or changing scheduled work hours.
h. Maintains alignment with PTO policy. Clocks in & out at scheduled time, no earlier than six minutes before/after scheduled shift; eliminates (when possible) overtime on a weekly basis.
a. Routinely questions patient/family members before a procedure to obtain pertinent patient history. Always questions female patients as appropraite as to whether they may be pregnant or nursing and take appropriate action.
b. Monitors equipment operation & alerts appropriate personnel of any problems in a timely manner.
c. Keeps managers informed of any issues, problems or situations requiring attention or follow up.
d. Recognizes the need to assist other staff members during the busy times throughout the day. Asks what needs to be done & readily volunteers in other areas including office, scheduling, etc.
e. Shares all relevant information at end of shift. Reports both verbally & written when both are possible.
f. Assures all communications regarding patient care are timely & appropriate. Recognizes patient crises & initiates appropriate measures.
g. Informs physician of any unusual circumstances involving patient studies
a. Understands applications and effectively uses hospital & department
b. Enters, saves, prints and retrieves information from systems; uses barcodes to improve accuracy. Ensures that all procedure charges are properly entered/revised in system and/or submitted to appropriate person throughout shift.
c. Performs equipment quality control testing as required, i.e. performing and archiving daily floods, nuclear pharmacy equipment, radiation wipes and surveys.
d. Keeps abreast of new technology. Accepts responsibility for keeping informed of current department practices.
e. Initiates appropriate downtime procedures when necessary.
f. Stays in compliance with continuing education credits for certification renewal.
Because you’re committed to excellence, you understand the importance of being properly prepared for your role at Mercy. That’s why you’ll bring to your role the right set of qualifications:
Education: Certificate of completion from a formal Nuclear Medicine training in a degree or certificate program is required. Continuing education credits per NMTCB guidelines.
Licensure: Certification by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board or AART.
Certifications: Must have a current BLS certification provider card or complete a course within their probationary period.
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Our foundations are built on dignity and respect. Modern Healthcare Magazine named us as a “top 100 places to work.” We go out of our way to help people feel welcomed. We offer day-one comprehensive health, vision and dental coverage, PTO, and employer-matched retirement funds, even to part-time employees. We’re proud to provide tuition reimbursement to help you grow and learn new skills.
What Makes a Good Match for Mercy
Compassion and professionalism go hand-in-hand with us, along with exceptional quality care. Having a positive outlook and a strong sense of advocacy is in perfect step with our mission and vision. We’re also collaborative and are not afraid to do a little extra to deliver excellent care – that’s just part of our commitment. If that sounds like a fit for you as well, we encourage you to apply.