ULTRASOUND SONOGRAPHER - PER DIEM
PIONEER MEDICAL CENTER
Big Timber, Montana
Job Title: Ultrasound Technologist (Sonographer)
Reports To: Lab/Imaging Manager
Under the general supervision of the Lab/Radiology Manager, perform general diagnostic medical sonography procedures according to departmental policies and procedures (Echocardiography is highly preferred). The employee should be capable of completing routine preventive maintenance and troubleshooting equipment, as well as make valued judgments decisions related to validity of patient.
Essential Job Functions
- Supports and models behaviors consistent with Pioneer Medical Center’s mission, vision, values, code of business conduct and Standards of Behavior.
- Will accurately perform procedures and exams as outlined in departmental procedure manuals for radiology with minimal supervision.
- Check orders for Ultrasound exams.
- Performs Ultrasound and must be able to accurately interpret a physician’s scanning instructions.
- Explains examinations and procedures to patient. Prepares and operates Ultrasound and positions patient for Ultrasound to capture the appropriate images.
- Coordinates scheduling, transportation, and testing of patients.
- Performs diagnostic testing on equipment, general maintenance, and maintains adequate documentation of all work, equipment maintenance, and communication with providers and technical personnel.
- Reports to the supervisor any problems with equipment or errors in procedures.
- Analyzes sonograms, synthesizes sonographic information, medical history, and utilizes independent judgment during sonographic exam to accurately differentiate between normal and pathologic findings. Prepares preliminary reports and/or checklists for the interpreting physician. Reviews exams with the interpreting physician as requested. Communicates with attending and referring physicians as appropriate.
- Reports the need to order supplies used Ultrasound as well as be responsible for maintaining cleanliness of equipment and rooms used.
- Responsible for maintaining Ultrasound records.
- Assumes responsibility for portions of quality assurance programs.
- Pursues and maintains continuing education as outlined in the licensure laws of State of Montana for the purpose of keeping current and proficient in sonography.
- Provides input to the supervisor for equipment and supply needs to purchase.
- Performs other duties as assigned or as needed to meet the needs of the department and/or facility.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Basic knowledge of medical science commensurate with technical level of Sonography (i.e., physics and anatomy for sonography and songraphic procedure, etc.).
- Confidentiality requirements and HIPAA
- Medical terminology and use of ICD-10 and CPT coding
- Knowledge of state and federal regulations on an ongoing basis
- Patient/Resident Rights
- Use of positive Customer Service techniques for all who enter the facility.
- Infection control procedures
- Multi-tasking and time management
- Troubleshooting, calibrating, and maintenance and repair of equipment
- Implementing and performing all standard procedural methodologies commensurate with proper instrumentation use.
- Working knowledge of implementation of QC policies and procedures of Imaging Department.
- Endure prolonged periods of standing and bending while performing procedures.
- Stoop to reach under cabinets and stretch to reach items on shelving. Transport and/or lift patients.
- Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Scope of services provided will encompass age groups ranging from infant to geriatric.
- Work at multi-tasking with frequent interruptions.
- Respond professionally and calmly when dealing with difficult patients and emergency situations.
- Follow all proper safety precautions as this work involves frequent exposure to blood, other potentially infectious materials, and possible radiation exposure (this position is housed in Radiology).
- Function independently at a high level of competency with minimal supervision.
- Establish and maintain collaborative relationships.
- Work effectively in a team environment
Complexity and Difficulty:
- Failure to properly perform multi-step procedures in acquiring diagnostic images in this job can negatively impact a patient’s outcome, perhaps even cause mortality.
- Will be expected to rotate into different areas between imaging and laboratory.
- Errors in calibrating equipment and performing procedures could results in poor quality test results which could negatively impact the quality of patient care.
- Technician needs to have completed an accredited education program related to sonography and registered with the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography® - Required
- Possession of, or qualification for, current State Montana license - Required
- Has at least 1 year of professional experience in performing Echocardiograms - Preferred
- Be able to complete all responsibilities in a timely fashion in the midst of other work responsibilities.
- Normal patient care and diagnostic imaging environment.
The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements of the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.