Echo Sonographer
Description

Uses ultrasound to visualize internal cardiac structures, obtain measurements of cardiac valves, ventricle and left atrium and visualize blood flow. Assists the physician with complex ultrasound procedures. Promotes the smooth and efficient operation of the Cardiopulmonary Department through the appropriate utilization and management of all clerical functions within the department document handling and disposition, interpersonal relationships and information gathering and dispersion.

Responsibilities:

  • Knowledgeable with department policies and procedures; thorough knowledge of departmental forms, and protocols.
  • Ability to provide proper patient care and education in a variety of settings.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of proper positioning of patient. Able to position patient to optimally visualize cardiac structures.
  • Competency in working with computerized systems. Obtains patient identification information into the echocardiogram computer.
  • Ability to perform stress Echo’s.
  • Ability to expand scope of examination according to any abnormalities observed.
  • Obtains patient clinical information from the patient, chart and physician.
  • Selects the appropriate transducer and settings for the machine for optimal visuals.
  • Ability to assist the physician with Transesophageal Echocardiography
  • Maintains records of all procedures performed, sends reports to requesting physicians and archives patient examinations.
  • Manages and operates equipment safely and correctly. Inspects ultrasound equipment daily to ensure it is operating effectively. Reports any malfunctions.
  • Collects and records data correctly in data check per accreditation requirements.
  • Independently recognizes and performs duties which need to be done without being directly assigned. Establishes priorities; organizes work and time to meet them. situations.
  • Recognizes and responds to priorities, accepts changes and new ideas. Has insight into problems and the ability to develop workable alternatives.
  • Accepts constructive criticism in a positive manner.
  • Adheres to attendance and punctuality requirements per hospital policy. Provides proper notification for absences and tardiness. Takes corrective action to prevent recurring absences or tardiness.
  • Collects and records data correctly in data check per accreditation requirements.
  • Understands and abides by all departmental policies and procedures as well as the Code of Ethics, HIPAA requirements and patient rights.
  • Complies with federal, state, local laws that govern business practices. Complies with all Department of Health Services requirements for the State, and CMS standards that apply to the position.
  • Is knowledgeable and adheres to JCAHO/ CMS standards specific to the position.
  • Participates actively in ensuring that all state and federal rules and regulations are followed as they apply to this position.
  • Attends scheduled in-service and mandatory in-service. Communicates ideas to supervisor for a safer layout of equipment, tools, and/or processes.
  • Observes dress code policy and wears hospital identification as required by our policies and procedures.


Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • BLS at time of hire (CPR)
  • Knowledge of basic medical terminology and cardiac anatomy
  • RDCS - Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer
  • Must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, proper judgement, and appropriate employee/patient relations
  • Must be able to function independently
  • 1-year experience in Health Care Environment and previous experience in performing echocardiograms

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.
  • Strong computer skills to include Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and database products.
  • Must be highly motivated and willing to assume additional jobs and duties as needed.
  • Must be able to handle stress of working efficiently with frequent interruptions and distractions.
  • Hours must be flexible to accommodate for needs of patients other unscheduled events.
  • Must be able to prioritize tasks and adhere to strict deadlines.

Physical Requirements:

  • Sitting 3-6 hours a day
  • Wrist deviation (side to side and up and down) 3-6 hours a day
  • Occasionally lift/carry up to 35 pounds
  • Occasionally be exposed to hazardous chemicals or infections