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St. Peters Health Radiology Technologist - Nights (8 shifts on, 6 shifts off) in Helena, Montana

JOB SUMMARY (overview of job):

  • Verifies patient identification and the procedure requested or prescribed.

  • Verifies patient’s pregnancy status

  • Assesses patient risk for allergic reaction to medication prior to administration

  • Reviews lab values prior to medication administration.

  • Explains effects and potential side effects of medications.

  • Prepares and administers IV and Oral contrast agents

  • Monitors patient for reaction to medication.

  • Assesses patient vital signs as needed.

  • Determines the need for and selects supplies, accessory equipment, shielding, and positioning and immobilization devices.

  • Provides and accurate explanation and instructions regarding exams and procedures. Addresses questions and concerns regarding exams and procedures.

  • Educates the patient about the risks and benefits of radiation

  • Positions patient for anatomic area of interest, respecting patient ability and comfort.

  • Performs QA on images and ensures proper transfer to PACS while electronically completing the exam in a timely manner.

  • Selects appropriate radiation exposure factors using the principles of ALARA.

  • Employs proper radiation safety practices and uses lead protective devices appropriately

  • Controls access to radiation exposure areas

  • Obtains and prepares supplies, medications and equipment for sterile and specialized radiological procedures. Use sterile or aseptic technique when indicated.

  • Performs procedural timeout

  • Explain post-procedural instructions to patient or patient’s family

  • Complies with all federal, state, local and regulatory agency requirements.

  • Patient Safety: Each staff members responsible for minimization of radiation exposure using ALARA principles, equipment safety and overall patient safety.

  • Patient schedules: Each staff member assists lead tech in prioritizing the needs of the referring physicians and patients to accommodate add-on exams into our daily schedules.

  • Protocols: All staff members can be asked to assist lead tech or director in the development, implementation, changes and updates of protocols

  • CQI & QA: Staff technologist may be required to participate in both CQI and QA yearly plans and activities (as approved by Director).

  • Patient Experience: All staff technologist along with the DI leadership team are accountable for improvement of patient experience and satisfaction scores for both the modality and the department.

  • Staffing & Scheduling: Staff members will ask for input of staffing schedules that meet both the physicians and patient’s needs. These schedules must also meet the productivity standards set forth by the director and budgets for each year.

  • PACS: All staff members are responsible for ensuring that all images and studies transfer to PACS in a timely and quality manner. The technologist must also work cohesively with the PACS Administrator to resolve any and all issues.

  • Staff Training/ orientation: All staff members will be responsible for participating in training of new employees. Staff technologists will assist the leadership team in the orientation of new employees. Staff members will assist the leadership team in developing a new hire orientation function that is employee centered, complete and timely.

  • Staff Development: Each staff member will be responsible for assisting the lead tech and leadership in teaching or the improvement of skills to co-workers.

  • Regulatory Compliance: Each staff member will share responsibility for the training and readiness needed to be compliant with DNV, CMS and other regulating agencies. Practices within the defined scopes set forth by the State of Montana, CMS, ARRT and ASRT.

  • Equipment maintenance: Each staff member will be responsible for communicating to their leadership team issues that compromise proper and safe operation of equipment. Each staff member can be asked to make needed calls to vendors for support.

  • Department Projects: Staff members will be asked and will be responsible for participating in department projects such as ACR accreditation, Quality and Performance Improvement initiatives. Promotion of department to our physicians, community and patients.

  • Inventory: Each staff member can be asked to assist lead technologist in ordering and management of inventory.

  • Modality Liaison: Each staff member will be accountable for positive and professional communications between other modalities, nursing, ED, scheduling, admitting, physicians, and transporters to ensure the smooth provision of patient care by the modality.

  • Positive, encouraging and promotional: Each staff member will be accountable for always setting the example of positive interactions, encouraging actions and promoting co-workers, physicians’ hospital, and medical group.

  • Other assignments as requested by leadership team.

Aptitudes: Ability to achieve cognitive, organization and emotional maturity to deal effectively with multiple tasks, stresses, deadlines, difficult situations and/or customers. Possesses interpersonal/communication skills necessary for effective, non-judgmental, and empathetic patient care and customer relations. Open to feedback and open to a changing environment, which requires flexibility in scheduling and department assignments.