Perinatal Sonographer

Location: Washington, D.C.
Date Posted: 08-11-2017
COMPANY PROFILE:
Howard University Hospital (HUH) is a private, non- profit institution recognized for its ground breaking research and teaching programs. HUH has a rich tradition of leadership and service dating back to 1862. Over the course of its more than 150 year history of providing the finest primary, secondary, and tertiary health care services, HUH has become one of the most comprehensive health care facilities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and designated a DC Level 1 Trauma Center.
 
BENEFITS OFFERED:
Competitive pay, 403-B Savings (Howard contributes a sum equal to 6% of your pay from your date of hire.  Howard matches up to 2% of what you invest. Both Howard’s contributions and the contributions that you make to the plan are yours, and you are immediately vested 100%. Comprehensive medical and dental plans Prescription Drug Benefits. Discount on optical wear at the HUH Optical Shop, Pet Insurance, Wellness Rewards Program, Tuition remission for employees and dependents, Low-cost onsite parking, SmartTrip Commuter Transit and Parking Benefits, and more!

 BASIC FUNCTION: 
The purpose of this position is to perform an array of technical obstetrical ultrasound activities and processes utilizing a variety of equipment on patients referred to the department.
 
DIMENSIONS:
Reporting directly to this position is one (1) secretary.
 
NATURE AND SCOPE: 
Interact(s) internally & externally with physicians, medical staff personnel, patients and support staff, as required.
 
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:
  • Performs Level I obstetrical ultrasound using a variety of high tech equipment, including vaginal probes, on any patient to the Prenatal Testing Center. 
  • Performs non-stress testing, contraction stress testing, and biophysical profiles on both inpatients and outpatients referred to the Prenatal Testing Center
  • Performs Level II obstetrical ultrasound in conjunction with parinatologists to detect fetal anomalies.
  • Assists in prenatal diagnostic procedures, e.g, and amniocentesis, PUBS, CVS, preparing patients, providing ultrasound guidance and handling of specimens.
  • Works closely with the biomedical engineering staff and appropriate service agencies to assure the integrity of the monitoring and ultrasound equipment.
  • Assists and instructs attending physicians, residents, and other trainees in techniques of fetal monitoring and ultrasonography; assists in in-service training with respect to sonography and fetal maternal monitoring, serves as a lecturer to residents, medical students, and nurses in electronic and sonography in medicine (i.e., electrode physiology and the electronics of fetal monitoring).
  • Assists in the investigation and collection of data referable to third party funding for patient care and work cooperatively with the fiscal section of the department with respect to sharing expertise and designing method to realize the maximum reimbursement for services rendered by the Prenatal Testing Center.
  • Works actively in development and implementation of departmental research projects; coordinates and maintains records of projects and keeps abreast of developments in research by participating in conference and professional organizations.
  • Supervises the day-to-day operations of the Perinatal Center, supervising one secretary who schedules, types, and conducts billing for patient seen in the Perinatal Center. Evaluates and provides discipline, if applicable, for the secretary’s position.
  • Assists in the development and maintenance of a data retrieval system.
  • Assists in the development and editing of protocols procedures manual and in-service training programs for patients, residents, student, and attending staff. 
  • Keeps accurate and complete records on all patients tested and maintains log books (CVS, Amnio, abnormal scans, etc) up-to date.
  • 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 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.
 CORE COMPETENCIES: 
  • Knowledge of obstetrical ultrasound techniques in order to perform non-stress testing, contraction testing, and biophysical profiles on patients.
  •  Ability to perform Level I & II obstetrical ultrasound in conjunction with parinatologists to detect fetal anomalies.
  •  Ability to assists with in-service training activities related to sonography and fetal monitoring and working knowledge of computer technology.
  •  Knowledge of   electrode physiology and the electronics of fetal monitoring
  •  Knowledge of fundamentals in computer technology and data processing.
  •  Ability to collaborate and work with others.
  •  Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
  •  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 Degree & certification in the Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ROMS) is required. 
Three years clinical experience including OBGYN, sonography, and patient contact. Must have completed structured training/course work in obstetric sonography.
 

 Must be able to stand, walk, sit, lift (supplies), stoop, bend, pull, push, reach, write, type (finger dexterity), file, speak, hear, see, interpret and organize for extended periods of time.
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