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Travel Sonographer

Salinas, California 93901

Job ID: 11928 Category: Health

Job Description: 

Under minimal supervision, performs diagnostic ultrasound procedures as requested by a physician to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.  Explains process, instructs and assists patient in assuming physical position for examination.  Selects transducer and adjusts equipment controls according to organ to be examined, depth of field, and other specifications of test.  Keys test data and pertinent information into computer of ultrasound equipment to maintain record of test results.  Moves transducer by hand over specified area of body and observes sound wave display screen to monitor quality of ultrasonic pattern produced.    Should be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his/her unit. Performs other duties as assigned. Performs any combination of the following duties depending on the area of assignment.

1.    Performs diagnostic ultrasound procedures, such as gallbladders, abdomens, pelvis, O.B. exams, biopsies, etc.

2.    Cares for patients during procedures by assisting them to rest rooms, giving them blankets, etc.  Prepares patients for their exams.

3.     Reports changes in the patient's condition to others for follow-up.

4.      Produce quality exams that include accurate and supportive documentation.

5.      Communicate with the Radiologists on all ultrasound exams that may require a review.

6.       Produce thorough and complete ultrasound studies.  

7.    Transports patients by stretcher, bed, wheelchair, or walking.  Provides care for patients during transportation and in the department, if necessary.

8.    Assists patients by lifting and moving them off and on the exam table..Provides bedpans and urinals as needed.  Assures that patients are properly dressed for their procedures.

9.    Performs related duties such as reporting equipment malfunctions, assists others, and special assignments.  Cleans work area and replenishes supplies.

10.    Performs emergency medical treatment under physician direction.

11.    Assists with the scheduling of patient exams.

12.    Attends regularly scheduled department meetings and in-services.

13.    Performs other duties as assigned.

Completes requested ultrasound examinations with a high level of technical quality.  Including but not limited to the following:
    •    Patient identification (check patient wristband) and proper film I.D., i.e., patient name, annotations  etc.
        •    Proper patient positioning
        •    Maintains complete, accurate and concise documentation and records
        •    Applies didactic knowledge to clinical practice

Obtains medical history, explains procedures and completes necessary documentation.  Including but not limited to the following:
        •    Patient registration
        •    Patient arrival
        •    Q.A. and Verify (to include proper modifiers.)

Job Knowledge
Demonstrates job knowledge through department competencies for each area of responsibility.

Assumes responsibility for own actions, including follow-up and completion of tasks in an effective and timely manner.  

Fulfills departmental and Hospital responsibilities including: attending staff meetings as appropriate, reading all meeting minutes and posted communications, participating in departmental performance improvement activities, attending all Hospital and department-specific required inservices, and maintaining an active role in problem solving and resolution.
1.    Education: Completion of an ultrasound training program and registered through the American Registry  
for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) required.
  2.      Licensure: RDMS certification in three areas (Abdominal, Vascular or Obstetrical) required.     
         Current BLS/Healthcare  Provider status as per American Heart Association standards required.
  3.      Experience: At least two years of experience as a licensed Sonographer, preferred. 
  4.      Essential Technical/Motor Skills: Knowledge of ultrasound equipment and sonography safety. (patient and operator) The ability to assist with interventional studies that require the use of fine motor skills and precise hand/eye coordination.
  5.      Interpersonal Skills: Excellent interpersonal skills in dealing with patients, public and co-workers.  Work     requires ability to communicate effectively about complex matters with others who have varying levels of     comprehension and knowledge (written and oral).
  6.      Essential Physical Requirements: See attached “Physical Requirements Sheet”
  7.      Essential Mental Abilities: The ability to evaluate a patient's condition such as respiratory, cardio,  
         pulmonary or neuro .
  8.      Essential Sensory Requirements: Must be able to hear, see, verbally communicate, and have tactile sense.     Must be able to visually evaluate patient conditions, such as redness of skin, hives, etc.
  9.      Performance Improvement: Assumes active role in the department’s Continuous Performance     Improvement Program.  Develops, implements and assesses Continuous Performance Improvement efforts     as assigned.


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