Mercy Health

  • Ultrasound Technologist III

    Requisition ID
    2018-771211
    Category
    Other Allied Health
    Position Type
    Full Time
    Shift(s)
    Days
    Department
    Mercy Clinic WH-Des Peres
    Location
    US-MO-Des Peres
  • Overview

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    We’re a Little Different

     

    Our mission is clear. We bring to life a healing ministry through our compassionate care and exceptional service.  

     

    We don’t believe in jobs at Mercy, we believe in careers that match the unique gifts of unique individuals; careers that not only make the most of your skills and talents, but also your heart.

     

    At Mercy, you’ll feel our supportive community every step of your day, especially the tough ones. We’re a team and love working that way. That team is expanding, and we currently have exceptional opportunities to help our communities grow.

     

    Responsibilities and Qualifications

    Provide diagnostic sonograms for interpretation by radiologist. Assist radiologist in the performance of procedures and provide the patient care essential to ultrasound interventional guided procedures. Performs duties and responsibilities in a manner consistent with our Mission, Values, and Mercy Service Standards. Performs duties and responsibilities in a manner consistent with our mission, values, and Mercy Service Standards.

     

     

    Safety/Risk Management:
    a. Locates and properly operates oxygen, suction, blood pressure and other essential patient care equipment.
    b. Consistently observes patients before, during and after procedures, making and using appropriate immobilization devices.
    c. Appropriately transfers patients to/from stretchers, wheelchairs and on/off procedure table, giving care to IVs and other appliances.
    d. Safely operates all equipment and immediately reports malfunctions, as well as locates all emergency switches.
    e. Assures that all data entered/retrieved from physicians orders and/or computer system is accurate, verifying accuracy prior to procedure.

    Coordination of Services:
    a. Reviews orders for diagnosis and procedure, appropriately scheduling patient and department resources for services.
    b. Performs all procedures according to protocol stated in procedure manual, unless directed otherwise by radiologist/physician, presenting completed procedure to radiologist/ physician for interpretation.
    c. Collaborates with staff members and physicians to assure delivery of optimal patient care at all times.
    d. Demonstrates ability to revise department schedule and staff assignments to meet patient and physician needs and maintain a smooth functioning department with limited rooms and equipment.
    e. Assumes responsibility for portions of quality improvement program. Understands all phases. Keeps all documentation current and available, following through with any problem areas.
    f. Assists in department orientation program as needed, assuming responsibility of training new staff.
    g. Assists staff members in keeping orientation program up to , contributing to development of educational needs, supervision and evaluation of radiology students.
    g. Evaluates diagnostic procedure for appropriateness, taking corrective measures if needed, and screening for previous procedures.

    Complex Aspects:
    a. Provides diagnostic sonograms with the ability to recognize structures visualized.
    b. Assists radiologist/physician in ultrasound interventional guided procedures along with providing essential patient care.
    c. Able to transmit images and troubleshoot PACS.
    d. Competent in telemedicine and web cam set up and procedures.

    Basic Aspects:
    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 patient waiting area.
    e. Effectively alters routine procedures when patient condition indicates - making appropriate changes on requisitions. Completes the procedure and charges in the computer system correctly and effeciently.
    f. Assists in the transportation of patients, specimens, films, etc.
    g. Works fair share of on-call & weekends. 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.

    Communication Management:
    a. Routinely questions patient/family members before a procedure to obtain pertinent patient history, including always questioning female patients as to whether they may be pregnant or nursing.
    b. Monitors equipment operation and 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, asking what needs to be done and readily volunteering in other areas including office, scheduling, etc.
    e. Shares all relevant information at end of shift, reporting both verbally and written when both are possible.
    f. Assures all communications regarding patient care are timely and appropriate, recognizing patient crises and initiates appropriate measures.

    Technology:
    a. Understands applications and effectively uses hospital and department computer systems.
    b. Enters, saves, prints and retrieves information from systems; ensuring 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.
    d. Keeps abreast of new technology. Accepts responsibility for keeping informed of current department practices.
    e. Initiates appropriate downtime procedures when necessary.

     

    Qualifications:

    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:

     

    • Requires high school education or equivalent. 
    • Must have three plus applicable anatomic registries which may include nuchal translucency and/or nasal bone certifications and 3 plus years experience in a hospital based setting or 5 plus years expeirnce in a clinic setting; OR three applicable registries, competent and working in 4+ areas of ultrasound including but not limited to aabdomen, vascular, echo (ped/adult), fetal echo, neurosonology, pediatric, OB, or breast. Requires minor nursing skills. 
    • Must have successfully completed certification of registration as required by the ARDMS or equivalent certification. Must have three plus applicable anatomic registries. Must have BLS - Basic Life Support

     

    We’ll Support You at Work and Home

     

    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.

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