Echocardiography Technologist

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 10-10-2017
BASIC FUNCTION:
Performs echocardiograms in accordance with established practices and procedures. Provides preliminary diagnostic evaluation and notifies the cardiologist of results of examinations. Consults with the cardiologist to establish requirements for non-standard examination and determines technical factors to satisfy requirements. Supports the cardiologists in non-invasive testing and diagnosis. Works closely with the cardiologist to diagnose a variety of cardiovascular disease, illnesses and disorder.
 
DIMENSIONS:
Indeterminate.
 
NATURE AND SCOPE:
Interacts internally with all customers, faculty and administrative staff at the Hospital and University.
 
Interacts externally with customers, vendors and suppliers of Cardiology healthcare products, health care delivery organizations, professional organizations, regulatory and compliance organization related to practice, certification and registry.
 
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:
Stays abreast on trends in Echocardiography, certification and registration.
 
Reviews current literature on new echocardiography techniques and advises manager of their feasibility within the clinic.
 
Responsible for the technical operation of the echo ultrasound machine and its accessories.
 
Maintains the equipment and keeps it in operational order and to notifies the manager of all broken and or inoperable equipment.
 
Performs echocardiograms on all patients scheduled for procedure and or all patients who have a doctor’s order for the procedure.
 
Performs echocardiograms on in-patients, outpatients and emergency patients.
 
Analyzes and summarizes data, citing abnormalities and other findings, which clarifies the patient’s physical conditions.
 
Ensures that equipment is functioning properly prior to test and procedures, recognizes and eliminates artifacts from tracing.
 
Assists cardiologist in conducting special examinations.
 
Participates in ECHO conferences and research projects.
 
Maintains accurate performance reports and assists in maintenance of files and reports.
 
Participates in the education of staff and students in ECHO technique and analysis.
 
Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.
 
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.
 
Adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.
 
Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.
 
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.
 
CORE COMPETENCIES:
Knowledge of cardiac anatomy and physiology.
 
Comprehensive knowledge of echo equipment, accessories, electrocardiography and echocardiography interpretations.
 
Maintains certification /registration and BLS.
 
Ability to exercise independent judgment.
 
Advocates for patient and staff alike.
 
Skilled in communication, planning, organizing, analyzing, recording, reporting, evaluating training, word processing, filing and retrieving reports.
 
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.
 
CARES CRITERIA:
Must demonstrate collaboration; accountability; respect; excellence; and service.
 
Works with team members and peers in and outside of their immediate work group to create an exceptional experience for patients, students and other visitors; looks for ways to achieve departmental/institutional results by partnering.
 
Accepts responsibility for his/her 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 values that foster a commitment to improving the patient and student experience, organizational efficiency and the environment.
 
Embraces diversity; cares holistically for those we serve; treats all as we would like to be treated; manages the patient’s right to privacy with meticulous care 100% of the time and keeps patient and proprietary information about the institution confidential.
 
Anticipates the patient’s and student’s needs, presents as a model representative of the institution and maintains high standards of care while striving to improve performance and create exceptional experiences for our customers.
 
Behaves in a friendly, resourceful and professional manner towards all they encounter; treats patients, students and visitors in the same way that they would want their family members or themselves to be treated.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
Associate’s degree from an accredited school for echocardiography required.  Bachelors’ degree preferred.
 
Echocardiography registration and or state registry examination certificate/registration.
 
Must be able to stand, walk, sit, lift, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, bend, pull, push, reach, handle, write, type, file, speak, hear, see (depth perception, color vision), calculate, compare, edit, evaluate, interpret and organize for extended periods of time.
 
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