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Lead Echo Cardiac Sonographer

Washington, DC
POSITION SUMMARY:
 
Under the direction of the Director of Cardiology, the Lead Echo Sonographer performs high quality cardiac and/or vascular ultrasound procedures that require ingenuity, initiative and independent judgment.
 
REPORTING SUMMARY:
 
 
Reporting directly to this position will be the Cardiac Sonographers.
 
 
NATURE AND SCOPE:
 
Interacts internally with all levels of hospital personnel, physicians, patients, and family members in providing medical, clinical, or other patient care services.
 
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:
 
  • Provides excellent customer service adhering to established safety standards.
  • Performs a variety of tasks providing technical expertise to maintain, enhance, and advance departmental standards.
  • Assists in quality control and quality assurance.
  • Follows the guidelines of the laboratory to adhere to accreditation standards. Maintains confidentiality in all related activities.
  • Attends required meetings and maintains continuing education.
  • Cultivates a collaborative and cooperative work environment within the organization to exceed patient expectations.
  • Acts as a preceptor by on-boarding Cardiovascular Sonographers with departmental orientation and use of equipment in a clinical setting.
  • Instruct other sonographers in the performance of cardiovascular procedures.
  • Works directly with the Director of Cardiology to insure all studies are being completed with the recommended standards.
  • Will oversee all functions of the echo department to included but not limited to staff scheduling, accreditation renewals and training.
  • Serves as subject matter expert, leads the team and completes all functions related to performing cardiac and/or vascular procedures.
  • Documents pertinent information in appropriate electronic reporting systems to include but not limited to reporting and charging of the procedure.
  • Will help work towards and help maintain laboratory accreditation by adhering to department protocols and participating in all required accreditation activities.
  • Participates in Quality assurance and Quality control activities.
  • Participates in Noninvasive Cardiology workgroup meetings.
  • Leads work activities as assigned to include but not limited to education, teaching, training, accreditation, staff scheduling and research studies.
  • Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.  The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
 
ORGANIZATIONAL EXPECTATIONS:
 
  • Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics, the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training.
  • Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.
  • Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities.
  • Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.
 
CARES CRITERIA:
 
  • The employee must demonstrate collaboration, accountability, respect, excellence, and service.
  • The employee must work with team members and peers in and outside of their immediate work group to create an exceptional experience for patients, students and other visitors.
  • The employee must accept responsibility for their actions to provide health care and/or ancillary functions in a highly efficient and compassionate manner.  The employee must function as a Steward (Have Ownership) of the Howard University Hospital values that foster a commitment to improving the patient and student experience, organizational efficiency and the environment.
  • The employee must embrace diversity and care holistically for those Howard University Hospital serves. They must treat all as they would like to be treated. They must manage the patient’s right to privacy and keep any proprietary information about the institution confidential.
  • The employee must anticipates the needs of the patient and/or student. They must present themselves as a model representative of the institution and maintains high standards of care while striving to improve performance and create exceptional experiences for our patrons.
  • The employee must behave in a friendly, resourceful and professional manner towards all individuals they encounter.
 
CORE COMPETENCIES:
 
  • Demonstrated proficiency with computer skills and software programs.
  • Ability to effectively motivate and lead others.
  • Self-motivated & directed with regard to increasing level of understanding and knowledge.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks/projects and meet objectives and deadlines.
  • Effective oral and written professional communications skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate ethical and professional behaviors at all times.
  • Ability to use initiative and independent judgment.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Knowledge regarding quality improvement and standards of care within practice area.
  • Capable of demonstrating flexibility with demands of external/internal customers placed on operating functions of the department.
  • Demonstrates critical care skills to patients with higher acuity.
  • Demonstrates responsibility for own professional growth through pursuit of work-related experiences and educational opportunities
  • Competence in both oral and written English.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.
 
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
 
  • Graduate from an AMA approved school of Ultrasound Technology required.
  • Current American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers required.
  • Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer required
  • 3+ years of experience as Cardiac Sonographer
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) required
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
 Must be able to stand, walk, sit, lift (up to 50lbs), bend, write, type, file, speak, hear, see, calculate, compare, edit, evaluate, interpret and organize for extended periods of time.
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