Mercy Health

  • Radiation Therapy Technologist | Per Diem

    Requisition ID
    Position Type
    Per Diem/Flex
    Radiation Therapy
    US-MO-Saint Louis
  • 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

    Administers the daily prescribed dose of radiation to the patient. Greets patients, sets up treatment rooms, and maintains recordkeeping of patient dosage and possible side effects from radiation treatment. Performs duties and responsibilities in a manner consistent with our mission, values, and mercy standards.



    We’re all unique pieces of a puzzle at Mercy, connected together to create a beautiful picture of health. And being the perfect fit for your role requires a specific set of qualifications that you’ll bring with you:


    • Education: Successful completion of an accredited Radiation Oncology program.
    • Certifications: CPR required.




    Safety/Risk Management

    a. Locates & properly operates oxygen, suction, blood pressure & other essential patient care equipment.
    b. Consistently observes patients before, during & after procedures. Makes & uses appropriate immobilization devices.
    c. Appropriately transfers patients to/from stretchers, wheelchairs & on/off procedure table, giving care to IV’s & other appliances.
    d. Safely operates all equipment. Locates all emergency switches. Demonstrates understanding of emergency procedures & radiation safety.
    e. Assures that all data entered/ retrieved from physician’s orders and/or computer system is accurate. Verifies accuracy prior to procedure.

    Coordination of Services

    a. Reviews orders for diagnosis & prescriptions. Appropriately schedules patient & department resources for services.
    b. Discusses treatment parameters with oncologists to verify ports, set up, etc. as needed.
    c. Notifies physics department in timely manner if contours, treatment plans, specials measurements and/or comp filters are needed.
    d. Refers patients as needed when consults with dietary, social services, cancer center, etc, are indicated.
    e. Maintains effective working relationship with physicians, nursing divisions and other ancillary departments.

    Complex Aspects

    a. Performs patient simulations, accurately marks patient skin and produces simulation films. Fluoros under direction of oncologist.
    b. Accurately defines simulation fields, sets up treatment area and records all measurement data.
    c. Performs equipment calibrations.
    d. Correctly administers contrast materials for patient exams.

    Basic Aspects

    a. Performs start up and shut down procedures for linear accelerators, superficial unit, simulator and associated equipment.
    b. Accurately delivers and documents daily treatment in timely manner. Properly completes chart with set up information and monitor units. Performs basic dosimetry calculations.
    c. Positions patients according to department protocols. Manipulates treatment table; appropriately uses alpha cradles and aquaplast.
    d. Sets correct field size. Places electron cones and manipulates gantry and collimators effectively.
    e. Retrieves and files charts and port films. Transports patients via wheelchair and stretcher. Processes films, operates CDS, refills chemicals as needed.

    Communication Management

    a. Accurately explains procedures to patients.
    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. Assures all communications regarding patient care are timely & appropriate. Recognizes patient crises & initiates appropriate measures.


    a. Understands applications and effectively uses hospital & department computer systems.
    b. Enters, saves, prints and retrieves information from systems;
    c. Performs equipment quality control testing as assigned.
    d. Initiates appropriate downtime procedures when necessary



    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, tuition reimbursement and employer-matched retirement funds to benefit-eligible co-workers, including those working 48 hours or more per pay period!


    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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