Nuclear Medicine/PET/CT Technologist / Nuclear Medicine / Sharp Memorial Hospital / Day Shift / Full Time
- Sharp Memorial Hospital
Shift Start Time:Variable
Shift End Time:Variable
Additional Shift Information:
Weekend Requirements:As Needed
What You Will Do
The Nuclear Medicine (NM) and Dual Mode Single-photon Emission Computerized Tomography (SPECT) and Dual Mode Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Technologist is responsible for performing routine to complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures under the direction/supervision of the Radiation Safety Officer and Physician Authorized Users. Assist physicians with performing and viewing of NM and PET/CT procedures by preparing and positioning patients for scanning, prepares and administers radiopharmaceuticals, and operates nuclear medicine instruments, nuclear medicine imaging equipment to include SPECT, SPECT/CT and PET/CT imaging equipment. Is responsible for using radiation safety practices and performing the required quality control procedures on all nuclear medicine equipment. Procedures performed include preparation, administration, documentation and quality control of radiopharmaceuticals with strict adherence to the principles of radiation safety, the conditions of the Radioactive Materials License and all California State and Federal regulatory requirements. Assist staff with providing care to patients who have been administered radiopharmaceuticals and the safe and appropriate disposal of radioactive waste.
- Satisfactory completion of formal training program in an AMA approved school for Nuclear Medicine technology that meets the requirements for the State of California and/or Federal mandated certification or equivalent.
- AHA Basic Life Support for Healthcare Professional (AHA BLS Healthcare) - American Heart Association
- California Nuclear Medicine Technologist (NMT) - Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board
- Certified Nuclear Medicine Technology (N)(ARRT) - ARRT OR NMTCB Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist (CNMT) - Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board
- Certified Computed Tomography (CT)(ARRT) - ARRT OR Certified Computed Tomography Technology NMTCB(CT) - Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board
- 2 Years Experience in radiology.
- Customer service
Provide patients, families and colleagues with excellent customer service skills.
Practice the use of AIDET (acknowledge, introduce, duration, explanation and thank patient) with each encounter with a patient.
Provide service recovery in the event that the patient or family's expectations have not been met.
Accurately and timely completes required documentation in the RIS (Radiology Information System).
Demonstrate competency in utilization of computer applications including RIS, PACS, voice recognition, teleradiology, and their downtime procedures as necessary.
Communicate equipment, employee, supply, adverse incidents, and Workers' Compensation issues to Lead/Supervisor in an appropriate period.
- Patient education
Provides information and education of the procedure to the patient and family.
Provide the patient with instruction and reassurance during the procedure.
Provide patient, families and staff with education and training regarding radiation safety and waste precautions based upon the procedure and radiopharmaceutical administered.
Interacts and communicates in a manner to reflect an understanding of the patient's age, culture, state of health, level of comprehension.
Provide the use of a chaperone as may be requested or appropriate for patient's needs, culture and sensitivity of exam.
Communicates and interacts with the patient's family in a way that is perceived positive and supportive while maintaining patient confidentiality.
- Quality of care
Demonstrates commitment to providing safe, efficient quality care.
Consistently follows patient verification procedure.
Review the reason for the procedure and appropriateness of exam.
Ensure employee/patient confidentiality is protected and restricted to private area(s) and appropriate person(s).
Consistently participates and document the Universal Protocol (patient verification, side/site marking and time-out) as appropriate.
Assists Radiologist with procedure(s) and exam preparation demonstrating competency with sterile technique, hand hygiene and infection prevention.
Provide care to patients as needed based upon their nurse's assessment of their condition.
Follow safe patient mobilization procedures, moving and lifting procedures.
Use special needs resources (translation, phone services) to accurately communicate with patients and their families that speak another language or have hearing/speech disorders.
Navigate patient's electronic medical record for history, pre and post procedure communication, code status, Advanced Directive and clinician order prior to exam.
- Quality of exams
Perform high quality NM and Dual Mode SPECT and PET procedures and patient care in compliance with department policies, procedures and guidelines.
Perform all NM, SPECT CT and PET CT procedures and safety operate equipment associated with the procedures.
Understand NM and CT protocols, parameter selection criteria and how to optimize scan parameters based upon the patient and/or procedure.
Understand and document radiation dose parameters and how changes in the protocols affection radiation dose delivered.
Accurately and timely transfer images from modality to PACS and/or appropriate network destinations.
- Radiation safety
Follow all radiation safety, State and Federal regulatory requirements and conditions of the Radioactive Material License (RAML).
Adhere to all regulatory requirements for the safe practice of NM stated in the RAML and California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 17, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 10 section 20 and 10 CFR 35.
Use radioactive isotopes in accordance with policy and procedure, protocol within scope of practice.
Perform equipment testing, calibration, maintenance and infection prevention per manufacturer's guidelines and department policies and procedures.
Provide for the security and monitoring of radioactive material, waste and decaying procedures.
- Staff training and professional development
Assists in the training and orientation of new employees, cross training of existing employees and students technologists. Assist with completing new employee orientation and training checklists.
Provides feedback of student's progress to Clinical Instructor through competencies and evaluations.
Sharp HealthCare is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability or any other protected classAHA Basic Life Support for Healthcare Professional (AHA BLS Healthcare) - American Heart Association; California Nuclear Medicine Technologist (NMT) - Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board; Certified Nuclear Medicine Technology (N)(ARRT) - ARRT; NMTCB Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist (CNMT) - Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board; Certified Computed Tomography (CT)(ARRT) - ARRT; Certified Computed Tomography Technology NMTCB(CT) - Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board
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