Nuclear Medicine Technologist - Cancer Center SB - 1168
085331 - CCSB Nuclear Medicine
The selected candidate will operate nuclear medicine equipment to make clinical diagnostic images as directed by physicians. Prepares and administers radiopharmaceuticals and adjunctive medications for the performance of routine diagnostic procedures and treatments.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (This list may not include all of the duties assigned.)
1. Exercises independent judgment in positioning a patient or detector unit to best demonstrate pathology and to adapt to the patient’s limitations while taking nuclear medicine scans following established procedures.
2. Instructs patients regarding procedures. Observes patients for vital signs during examination.
3. Establishes and maintains proper communication with patients. Ensures the utmost comfort and safety of the patient.
4. Prepares measures, calculates doses, and administers radiopharmaceuticals and adjunctive medications.
5. Performs and evaluates quality control for all instrumentation to ensure optimal performance and stability. Evaluates the performance, initiates corrective action when necessary, and maintains required records for the quality control program.
6. Performs diagnostic studies on patients (from pediatric to geriatric) as prescribed by Physician using scanners, scintillation cameras, or solid state detectors.
7. Measures radioactivity, using Geiger counters, scalers, scintillation and solid state detectors.
8. Manages patient, prepares and administers therapeutic doses of radiopharmaceuticals under direction of Physician.
9. Researches and performs coding and billing.
10. Follows regulations regarding receipt, storage, disposal, and usage of all radioactive materials. Practices techniques that minimize radiation exposure to the patient, health care personnel, and general public, through consistently using protective devices, shields, dose reduction, and monitors consistent with ALARA principles. Follows prescribed safety standards in operating nuclear medicine equipment.
11. Authorizes release of patients upon completion of nuclear medicine examination.
12. Examines, develops and processes images ensuring quality. Prepares images for interpretation/reading.
13. Maintains examination rooms. Stocks necessary medical supplies. Provides a safe and sanitary working environment for patients and the general public, using proper infection control practices.
14. Cleans and makes minor adjustments to equipment.
15. Obtains 5 hours of continuing education per year to fulfill state requirements for licensing.
16. Participates in training employees, and residents in equipment operation, patient movement, and quality assurance.
17. Enhances professional growth through education programs, conferences and workshops.
18. Participates in department quality improvement, clinic safety, infection control and hazardous materials programs and activities.
19. Attends required meetings and participates in committees as requested.
20. Handles confidential matters concerning clinic policies and practices in accordance with HIPAA regulations.
21. Performs related work as required.
Date of Listing
32 Hours Per Week
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
> Knowledge of anatomy and physiology to sufficiently pinpoint area for imaging.
> Knowledge of Nuclear Medicine equipment and testing.
> Knowledge of safety hazards common to Nuclear Medicine including equipment, body mechanics, and patient movement.
> Skill in properly positioning patients to provide quality imaging.
> Skill in training residents, student technologists and co-workers in equipment operation and procedures.
> Skill in trouble shooting equipment operation and performing simple adjustments.
> Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with patients, medical staff, and the public.
> Ability to apply written guidelines and standardized work practices.
> Ability to identify problems.
> Ability to communicate clearly.
> Completion of Nuclear Medicine technology program.
> One year of experience as a Nuclear Medicine technologist preferred.
> Current certification with the Nuclear Medicine Technology Board(NMTCB) and/or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT(N)), and certified by the state of California to perform Nuclear Medicine.
> Current BLS for healthcare providers (CPR and AED).
> A valid driver's license is required.
TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Requires full range of body motion including handling and lifting patients. Requires manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination for operation and repair of all department equipment. Requires standing and walking, sitting, stooping, bending and stretching. Occasionally lifts and carries items weighing up to 50 pounds. Assists patients weighing up to 400 pounds, and places them in appropriate positions for operation of equipment. Vision and hearing must be correctable to normal range.
TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS: Frequent exposure to communicable diseases, bodily fluids, toxic substances, ionizing radiation, medicinal preparations and other conditions common to a clinic/hospital environment. Work is performed a clinic/hospital environment. Work may be stressful at times and involves evening and weekend work.