The Nuclear Medicine Technologist works collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team and is responsible for providing quality imaging. The Nuclear Medicine Technologist works in support of the Radiologist, providing assistance in the performance of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Responsible for processing and transmission of Images to PACS.
1.Positions patients and sets technical factors for all diagnostic procedures. Sets high personal standards for film and image quality.
2. Follows department exam protocols.
3. Completes all ordered exams as per department protocol- documents why exam is not completed per protocol.
4. Modifies patient protocols negative to the patient, physical and cognitive abilities. Discuss these issues with the Radiologist and properly document patient information.
5. Ensures all exams are accurately labeled with patient ID, date, technologist ID and time of exam.
6. Covers patients during transportation and while performing procedures.
7. Ensures compliance with HFAP/TJC/local regulatory/CMS, ACR, State and Federal Regulations.
8. Maintains medical and surgical aseptic procedures. Practices good infection control techniques, can fully explain universal pre-caution principle.
9. Able to assess pain interfering with imaging procedure- makes appropriate physician contact for intervention.
10. Has understanding and participates in PI process.
11. All QC is done at required intervals and appropriately logged- Service calls are placed if QC is out of controls.
12. Consistently maintains neat & clean workplace appropriate to hospital standards.
13. Work pace is consistent with the standards of other workers. Able to assist Radiologist with therapeutic procedures by having all supplies and techniques ready.
14. Sets technical factors accurately to minimize patient dose.
15. Utilizes Radiations Safety Techniques while performing radiographic procedures and properly shields patients when appropriate.
16. Follows all radiation safety standards for patients, employees & family members. Consistently determines pregnancy status of women of child bearing age, before performing exam.
17. Wears radiation badge as per protocol.
18. Uses personal protective equipment appropriately and regularly.
19. Informs and educates patients and families regarding procedure to be performed.
20. Ascertains patient understanding of process and informed consent.
21. Ensures consent is signed prior to examination.
22. Checks patients’ identification before exams by at least two methods.
23. Reduces risk of health care acquired infections through proper hand washing and equipment disinfecting.
24. Follows hospital policies to reduce risk of wrong-site, wrong patient, and wrong procedure occurrences.
25. Documents all medication reactions/infiltrations on appropriate form.
26. Works to improve effectiveness of communication among caregivers by; communicating and documenting patient’s condition/history for Radiologist, sends all applicable results of prior examinations and telerad examinations and has all abnormal results that are given verbally read back to ensure accuracy.
27. Checks and logs crash cart, med box and refrigerator on each shift or as required.
28. Demonstrates safe/ careful use of all equipment.
29. Reports all equipment malfunctions and call for service immediately using department protocol.
30 May be required to participate in after hours uncontrolled standby and call back. Position may require use of a pager while on duty and while on standby.
31. Attends and maintains mandatory training in safe patient handling, trained in safe lifting techniques, includes but not limited to 1) Appropriate use of lifting devices and equipment, 2) Five areas of body exposure: vertical, lateral, bariatric repositioning and ambulation, 3) Use of lifting devices to handle patients safely.
32. Performs other duties as assigned or required.
1.Current State Nuclear Medicine License issued by CDPH, A.R.R.T. or N.M.T.C.B. Certification in Nuclear Medicine Technology required.
2. One year of acute, clinical radiology experience is preferred.
3. At least one year of experience as a nuclear medicine technologist preferred
4. Knowledge of mobile and stationary Radiographic / Fluoroscopic equipment preferred.
5. Extensive knowledge of anatomy and medical terminology is required.
6. Graduate of a program accredited by JRCNMT or CAMRT.
7. Current BCLS (AHA) required.
8. Proficient computer skills.