Senior Radiation Therapist

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 08-30-2017
BASIC FUNCTION:
  • Under general supervision, the Senior Radiation Therapist provides radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by a physician according to established standards and practices. Coordinate and direct the daily work activities of Radiation Therapists. Supervises and instructs students.
DIMENSIONS:
  • Indeterminate.
NATURE AND SCOPE:
  • Interacts internally with patients and their families, staff, physicians and students. Interacts externally with professional associations, other health professionals and the general public.
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:
  • Oversees and instructs Radiation Therapy Technologists in the daily administration of radiation therapy.
  • Assists the Radiation Oncology Manager in the preparation of work schedules to assure appropriate coverage. Assigns and reassigns personnel as necessary. Provides feedback for employee performance reviews and makes recommendations for merit increases, promotions, and disciplinary actions, as appropriate. Instructs and supervises radiation therapy students.
  • Offers technical guidance and counseling regarding complicated or problematic radiation therapy issues, patient scheduling problems or difficulties with equipment.
  • Assists in communicating, enforcing and maintaining established department policies, procedures, objectives, quality assurance, safety, environmental and infection control.
  • Coordinates and oversees the delivery of a prescribed and planned course of radiation therapy to patients as per physician instruction, in accordance with generally accepted radiation therapy practices and departmental procedures.
  • Oversees the check film procedure for all treated areas and presents to physicians. Changes therapy as needed.
  • Check prescription, diagnosis, chart, patient identification and other relevant information.  
  • Schedules patients and explains procedure, including pre- and post- treatment. Answers questions and reassures patient prior to procedure.
  • Interfaces with physicist, planning and medical dosimetrist at initiation of treatment. Works in consultation with supportive care physicians, nurses and social workers in implementing therapy plan.
  • Prepares room and equipment for patient according to the prescription, including placement of immobilization devices, setting of field size, setting of treatment devices, parameters, distance, lead protection devices. Checks equipment operation regularly to ensure delivery of accurate dose rate at all times with the assistance of the Physicists.
  • Transfers patient to treatment table with care for I.V.’s and catheters. Maintains visual and or audible contact with the patient during treatment. Checks daily patient treatment schedule and delivers prescribed dose. Maintains patient markings. Changes these according to physician’s direction. Documents treatment, in accordance with departmental protocols. Keeps physicians informed. Changes therapy as ordered. Takes and checks films of all treated areas; processes and files same. Observes radiation safety measures for patient and personnel.
  • Observes patient during therapy procedure for any unusual reactions or event; uses judgment and withholds treatment if indicated by patients’ condition. Reports significant or questionable information to designated supervisory personnel and assists in emergency treatment as appropriate.
  • Reinforces recommendations given to the patient by the physician, dietician, and other relevant health care personnel concerning reaction to treatment and care of the radiated area (dressings, hygiene, etc), prevention or treatment of generalized and local side effects. Changes patient dressings as necessary.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on the assigned unit. Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patients’ requirements relative to his or her age-specific needs, and provides the care needed as described in the unit/area/department policies and procedures.
  • Assists with the maintenance of department facilities, equipment, and supplies. Maintains stock levels of supplies and materials. Report maintenance and repair needs to the Manager.
  • Prepares beam therapy equipment for patient treatment; checks beam direction and protective devices (calibrate, temperature, barometric), heavy and dangerous equipment. Maintain records of these and report erratic operation to the Biomedical Equipment Technician, Medical Radiation Physicist or other designated personnel.
  • Participates in quality assurance monitoring by verifying treatment rendered vs. prescribed. Confirms that all treatments were given in the designated time period.
  • Maintains records, reports, and files as required. Collects statistics as directed.
  • Attends in-service and departmental meetings as required. Participates on committees as directed.
  • Enhances professional growth and development through attendance and participation in educational programs, workshops, conferences, and keeps current with relevant literature.
  • 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 health care 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:
  • Proficient knowledge of radiologic technology, radiation therapy, routine nursing procedures, radiation protection and safety procedures. Knowledge of dosimetry, mathematics/physics, anatomy, and physiology.
  • Proficient knowledge of the various types of radiation therapy equipment, such as linear accelerator and, general radiography equipment, simulators, block cutting equipment and personal computers.
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on the assigned unit. The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patients' requirements relative to his or her age-specific needs and to provide the care needed as described in the unit/area/department policies and procedures.
  • Ability to lift patients and lead focus blocks of up to 250 lbs (with assistance), 80% of the time, and pushing/pulling/moving patients, approximately 50% of the time to move onto and off the treatment table, via wheelchairs and/or stretchers.
  • Ability to work with patients possessing potentially infectious disease using the appropriate “Universal Precautions”.
  • Ability to work with ionizing radiation requiring observance radiation safety procedures.
  • Must be able to work weekend, shift work, holiday, on-call, and overtime may be required.  
  • Must be able to serve patients with infectious diseases, hazardous materials and ionizing radiation from radiology equipment, not to exceed the legal limits of occupational exposure, requiring observance of “Universal Precautions” by wearing protective clothing, such as an apron, lab coat, film badge, gloves or mask.
  • Must be able to ensure patient safety in the performance of job functions and through participation in hospital, department or unit patient safety initiatives, take action to correct observed risks to patient safety, and reports adverse events and near misses to appropriate management authority.
  • Implements policies, procedures, and standards consistently in the performance of assigned duties.
  • Identify possible risks in processes, procedures, devices and communicates the same to those in charge.
  • 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:
  • Graduation from an AMA approved program in Radiation Therapy Technology or Radiologic Technology.
  • Certification as a Radiation Therapy Technologist by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT).
  • A minimum of three years of clinical practice Radiation Therapy.
Must be able to stand, walk, sit, lift (up to 250 lbs with assistance), stoop, pull, 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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