Job Summary: Operates radiation producing equipment in delivering radiation treatments and in acquiring images for use with radiation treatment. Operates hardware and software in support of radiation treatment delivery and for acquiring images and data for use with radiation treatment. Executes physician approved orders leading to simulations, imaging and treatment delivery. Conducts and documents QA checks according to approved procedures with Medical Physics supervision. Performs documentation of patient treatments via images and in the patient's radiation therapy chart. Operates equipment according to the manufacturers' specifications and recommendations
Education: High School Diploma or GED General Studies
Required Certifications, Licensures and Registrations: ARRT American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, Required BLS American Heart Association Required, Completion of a JRCERT approved course of training resulting in certification. ARRT registered or registry eligible. Eligible personnel must submit an application to take the certification exam within 90 days of employment. Eligible personnel must be registered within twelve months of employment.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Compassionate caregiver
- Must work well in team environment
- Detail oriented for patient set ups and documentation
- Personal integrity to report any treatment variances according to policy
- Knowledgeable in setting up complex treatment fields
Job Specific Duties:
- Treatment Preparation
- Reviews patient chart prior to the initiation of first treatment and for each treatment thereafter.
- Reviews the physicians' orders, treatment plan, set up parameters, and the written daily treatment record.
- Verifies the following is present in the chart: Informed Consent appropriately signed, physicians have approved all plans and calculations, photo ID, and sim photo.
- Ensures that Script, Sim Sheet, Plan/Calc. and ARIA agree
- Patient Preparation: Requires patient to give their name and date of birth each day prior to treatment. Informs patient of what is going to be done to them prior to the first treatment and then daily as needed. Introduces themselves to the patient by giving their name, their role in the patients' care, tells them about how long the procedure will be that day, walks patient back to the treatment room, assists patient onto the table, provides information about what is going to be done and provides the patient with an opportunity to ask questions daily
- Treatment Delivery: Verifies treatment setup prior to leaving the room. Ensures there is visual and aural contact with the patient during each treatment. Maintains constant surveillance of the patient while the beam is on. Follows policy to not treat if certain parameters are not within specification. Contacts physics for any machine malfunction that interrupts treatment. Discontinues treatment if variance is noted while patient under beam and physics is contacted
- Signs, dates and time stamps all documentation done in the chart or related to the patients' treatment. Maintains appropriate documentation related to changes in the patient setup, such as SSD changes, shifts, etc. Faithfully signs off on all treatment days and ensures dose documentation is accurate. Provides appropriate charge on date of service for work performed
- Ensures the physician is contacted for image approval prior to treating patient. Communicates all information regarding the patients' needs to the appropriate person. Communicates effectively with the patient and family regarding the patients' schedule, side effects, plan changes, etc. Maintains a contact list of the patients' under treatment in the event of cancellation due to bad weather. Communicates with the Road to Recovery staff to adjust patient schedules
- Assesses patients daily for any physical or mental changes and reports such to nursing or the physician. Provides the patient with a sense of security by being professional while working with them. Invite questions from the patient and take time to adequate answer them. Provide eye contact and a pleasant voice when speaking to the patient. Always ask if there is anything you can do for them every day before they leave.
- Performs daily equipment start up according to specific protocols. Performs beam and output checks along with other manufacturers' required checks. Reports any equipment malfunction or parameters that are out of tolerance from the stated values given per protocol. Contacts physics and/or equipment engineer as required by level of identified problem. Documents all warm up according to policy Professionalism Upholds a professional working relationship at all times and adheres to department rules. Practices teamwork and adheres to Standards of Behavior.
- Visual acuity for accurate reading of various documents, reports, records, and manuals.
- Ability to hear and speak is required to effectively communicate with patients and staff.
- Manual finger dexterity required to safely operate equipment, perform documentation, assist patients and perform job tasks.
- Ability to effectively manage a high stress environment to provide optimal patient care. Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens
- Improve the accuracy of patient identification
- Improve the effectiveness of communication among caregivers Improve the safety of using medications Reduce the risk of health care-associated infections
- Consistently demonstrate appropriate hand hygiene techniques
- Accurately and completely reconcile medications across the continuum of care
- Reduce the risk of patient harm resulting from falls
- Encourage patients' active involvement in their own care as a patient safety strategy Identify safety risks inherent in its patient population Improve recognition and response to changes in a patients' condition
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