VCU Health System's Noninvasive Cardiology- North Ground is seeking a Full Time - Cardiac Sonographer. The practice of ultrasonography is performed by an ultrasound technologist responsible for the administration of high frequency sound waves and other diagnostic techniques to humans of all ages (newborn to geriatric) for medical purposes. An ultrasonographer performs ultrasonography procedures and related techniques, producing images at the request of and for interpretation by a licensed independent practitioner. Ultrasonography integrates scientific knowledge, technical skills, patient interaction and compassionate care resulting in diagnostic information. An ultrasonographer recognizes patient conditions essential for successful completion of a procedure. Ultrasonographers must demonstrate an understanding of human anatomy, physiology, pathology, and medical terminology. Ultrasonographers recognize patient conditions essential for successful completion of the procedure and exercised independent professional and ethical judgment. Ultrasonographers are the primary liaison between patients, licensed independent practitioners and other members of the support team. Ultrasonographers must remain sensitive to the physical and emotional needs of the patient through good communication, assessment, monitoring, and care skills. Participation in quality improvement processes and continuous assessment of performance is expected. Ultrasonographers think critically and use independent, professional, and ethical judgment in all aspects of work Engagement in continuing education to enhance patient care, public education, knowledge, and technical competence is expected in this role.
Ultrasonographers independently performs or assist the licensed independent practitioner in the completion of ultrasound imaging exams.
Ultrasonographers independently complete imaging exams based on physicians written order, department protocols, and institutional safety standards.
Ultrsonographers represent the goals, values, and vision of VCU Health System.
Ensures adherence to regulatory standards, health system and department policies, procedures, processes, and guidelines applicable to role.
Resolves basic service delivery issues.
Lead technologists may perform "lead technologist" functions such as coordinating work assignments, workflow, and staffing for an assigned shift/area; serve as clinical or technical resource; provide training.
Performing diagnostic ultrasound procedure or examination upon the order of, or for diagnostic interpretation by a licensed independent practitioner (LIP).
Determining ultrasonic frequencies and appropriate transducers for the anatomic area of interest. Assisting a LIP with interventional procedures such as needle localizations, aspirations, biopsies, drainages, etc.
Maintaining records, respecting confidentiality and established policy
Applying the principles of patient safety during all aspects of procedures, including assisting and transporting patients.
Receiving, relaying, and documenting verbal, written, and electronic imaging orders in the patient's medical record.
Corroborating patient's clinical history with the ordered procedure while ensuring information is documented and available for use by a licensed independent practitioner (LIP).
Verifying informed consent.
Assuming responsibility for patient needs before, during, and after procedures. Preparing patients for procedures.
Applying principles of ALARA to minimize exposure to patient, self, and others.
Performing venipuncture per procedural protocol based on imaging order from a licensed independent practitioner.
Starting and maintaining intravenous access per procedural protocol based on an imaging order for a LIP.
Identifying, preparing, and /or administering medications generally associated with diagnostic imaging procedures as prescribed by a LIP.
Evaluating images for technical quality, ensuring proper identification is recorded.
Identifying and escalating emergency situations and managing until appropriate LIP,EMS, MERT, RRT, or Code Team arrives to assume control.
Providing patient education related to imaging procedure.
Educating, mentoring, and general oversight of students and other learners in the Radiology environment.
Participating and/or performing ongoing quality assurance activities.
Individual shift rotation and schedules will be established with your specific manager or supervisor. Schedules, including requirements of shift rotations and hours of work may be adjusted as necessary to meet staffing needs of the health system. Weekend and other after hours coverage may be required based on workload demand and staffing needs of the health system. Ultrasonographers are considered "Essential Employees" who may be required to report to work in accordance with the VCUHS Policy.
Graduation from an CAAHEP or CMA Accredited Program in medical/cardiac/vascular sonography or
Graduation from a minimum of a 2 year JRC Accredited Program in Radiologic Technology or Sonography that is recognized by the ARRT or Joint
Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, JRC-DMS or graduation from a Bachelor's degree program in sonography or vascular sonography.
Licensure, Certification, or Registration Requirements for Hire (Note: Required credentials are limited to those required by law, regulation, or professional standard.)
For currently practicing sonographers/technologist: Certification by the American Registry of Radiology Technologist (ARRT) as a sonographer ARRT(S) or RDMS certification in medical sonography or RDCS or CCI certification in cardiac sonography or RVT certification as Vascular Technologist
For new graduates of qualifying educational program: Must reach eligibility status for certification test within 12 months of hire date and must pass certification exam within 6 months of reaching eligibility status.
Licensure, Certification, or Registration Requirements for continued employment including CPR, etc. (Note: Required credentials are limited to those required by law, regulation, or professional standard)
Current Certification by ARRT (S) or RDMS or RDCS or CCI or RVT
Team member must meet eligibility requirements and progress to Imaging Technologist Advancement Program Clinical Ladder Level 2 within 24 months of hire.
Basic Life Support (BLS for Healthcare Providers)
Bachelors Degree in a radiologic technology, sonography, or vascular sonography
One (1) year of previous work experience as a Sonographer/Technologist
Previous work experience in an academic medical center environment
*Selected applicants will be placed into appropriate levels for this position based on their experience and qualifications*
*** 3K Relocation Assistance provided***
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disability status.