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Radiation Therapist

Methodist Health System Council Bluffs, IA
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Job Description

  • This position will work in both Methodist Jennie Edmundson & Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center Radiation Oncology departments.
  • Purpose of Job
    • Administers prescribed radiation therapy treatments in an efficient, and courteous manner.
  • Job Requirements
    • Education
      • Bachelor's of Science Radiation Therapy certification program required.
      • American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certified.
        • Must be certified at the time of hire according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.
      • Satisfactory completion of annual mandatory education requirements.

    • Experience
      • Approximately 6-12 months of on the job experience preferable to gain knowledge of departmental policies, and procedures.

    • License/Certifications
      • American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certified.
        • Must be certified at the time of hire according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.
      • Maintain current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required.

    • Skills/Knowledge/Abilities
      • Requires knowledge in Radiation Therapy principles, and practices.
  • Physical Requirements
    • Weight Demands
      • Medium Work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force.

    • Physical Activity
      • Occasionally Performed (1%-33%):
        • Climbing
        • Crawling
        • Kneeling
        • Sitting
      • Frequently Performed (34%-66%):
        • Balancing
        • Carrying
        • Crouching
        • Distinguish colors
        • Keyboarding/typing
        • Lifting
        • Pulling/Pushing
        • Repetitive Motions
        • Standing
        • Stooping/bending
        • Twisting
        • Walking
      • Constantly Performed (67%-100%):
        • Fingering/Touching
        • Grasping
        • Hearing
        • Reaching
        • Seeing/Visual
        • Speaking/talking

    • Job Hazards
      • Not Related:
        • Explosives (pressurized gas)
        • Electrical Shock/Static
        • Radiation Non-Ionizing (Ultraviolet, visible light, infrared and microwaves that causes injuries to tissue or thermal or photochemical means)
      • Rare (1-33%):
        • Chemical agents (Toxic, Corrosive, Flammable, Latex)
        • Mechanical moving parts/vibrations
      • Occasionally (34%-66%):
        • Biological agents (primary air born and blood born viruses) (Jobs with Patient contact) (BBF)
        • Physical hazards (noise, temperature, lighting, wet floors, outdoors, sharps) (more than ordinary office environment)
        • Equipment/Machinery/Tools
        • Radiation Alpha, Beta and Gamma (particles such as X-ray, Cat Scan, Gamma Knife, etc)
  • Essential Job Functions
    • Essential Functions I

      • Administers prescribed radiation therapy treatment in an efficient, and courteous manner.
        • Escorts customer to, and from the treatment room in a timely manner, and administers treatment delivery as prescribed by physician.
        • Ensures information recorded in the chart is appropriate, accurate, and legible including documentation in Mosaiq (i.e. orders, QCL's, and charges).
        • Explains the treatment procedure, answers appropriate questions, and directs the customer to other support staff when appropriate.
        • Competent in all aspects of Mosaiq, and Cerner (i.e. entering, and scheduling new patients, enter, and print daily charges, and schedules accurately).

      • Assures quality delivery of care to the customer.
        • Verifies patient treatment delivery as prescribed with weekly/daily/cone beam verification x-rays.
        • Performs weekly chart checks noting upcoming changes in the customer care plan.
        • Performs equipment quality checks daily to assure performance within designated parameters.
        • Stay current with all aspects of billing in accordance with the state guidelines.
          • Assist with pre-authorization forms as indicated.

      • Communicates effectively with customer, clinical staff, and others.
        • Evaluates the customer's general health daily through observation, and dialogue with open-ended questions.
        • Communicates information to the nurse, and/or physician, and about the customer as required, or appropriate including side effects, reactions, and dietary needs.
        • Shows respect for others by listening attentively, and receptively (i.e. direct eye contact, and body language).

      • Maximizes efficiency of workflow daily to accommodate the needs of the clinic.
        • Prioritizes tasks to adapt to the demands of the clinical schedule daily.
        • Demonstrates flexibility, and perseverance when clinical workload is challenging.
        • Takes initiative to be industrious in performing other clinical duties when the linear accelerator schedule is free of activity.

      • Facilitates teamwork with co-workers.
        • Anticipates upcoming schedule needs (i.e. blocks, films), and initiates preparation efforts including the scheduling of patients, and fabricating cerrobend blocks.
        • Assures cooperative measures are taken during workday for fair distribution of tasks.
        • Fulfills clinical obligations before addressing personal calls, or activities.

      • Practices professional judgment behaviors in an orderly, and rational manner.
        • Gathers all available data necessary to assure accurate treatment prior to delivery.
        • Demonstrates ability to analyze whether treatment data information matches prescription (i.e. entering verification notes, table parameters, approving fields, waving out port films, adding set-up notes).
        • Maintains composure with new or difficult situations.
        • Ensure documentation is correct, approved, and signed prior to treatment.
        • Practices radiation safety, and uses appropriate aseptic techniques.

      • Demonstrates ability to effectively communicate, respect, and cooperate with lead therapist.
        • Addresses supervising therapist with concerns related to clinical duties, and responsibilities in a professional manner.
        • Follows guidelines, and procedures as communicated by lead therapist.
        • Reports any appropriate clinical updates, or changes to lead therapist in a timely manner.

      • Adheres to departmental policies, and procedures.
        • Attends mandatory in-services, and continuing education programs as mandated by policies, and procedures, and as directed by lead therapist.
        • Provides appropriate care to the patient to ensure understanding, and comfort level of treatment as outlined in the "Age Specific Criteria".
        • Communicates all treatment errors, and patient injuries to physician, and physics staff as soon as discovered, and fill out a variance report if indicated.

    • Essential Functions II

      • Participates in mandatory in-services and/or CE programs as mandated by policies and procedures/external agencies and as directed by management.

      • Follows and understands the mission, vision, core values, Employee Standards of Compassionate Care/AIDET and company policies/procedures.

      • Other duties as assigned.






Job Details

Date Posted November 30, 2018
Date Closes January 29, 2019
Requisition 11643
Located In Council bluffs, IA
Work At Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hosp
Department Radiation Oncology
Shift Daytime
Hours 6:30AM -3:00PM hours per week
SOC Category 00-0000.00

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