OverviewAt Emory Healthcare, we integrate science and caring to change the face of health care. Our team members are courageous individuals who are willing to challenge the status quo and help find solutions to complex problems. We’re empowered to influence change for, and with, our patients, their families, the community and each other.As one of the leading academic medical systems, we’re eager to share what we learn with hospitals around the country, and the world. We’ve got the backing, knowledge, experience and permission to lead the way in developing new and better approaches to preventing and treating disease, and our patients get treatments years before anyone else.We’re defining a new standard of care for humankind. Are YOU ready to join us?DescriptionJOB DESCRIPTION:Under the supervision of the Chief Radiation Therapist, the Radiation Therapist performs treatment and simulation procedures, as directed by the Radiation Oncologist.
Perform radiation treatment and simulation procedures in accordance with the Radiation Oncologists instructions and departmental procedures.
Provide thorough documentation of simulation set-up, and procedure information.
Prepare and/or administer IV and oral contrast.
Perform POCT testing for pregnancy, and in preparation for IV contrast administration.
Prepare treatment room and equipment for patient according to the prescription and simulation, including placement of immobilization devices, setting of treatment devices, verifying parameters and any protection devices.
Explain procedure, including pre- and post-simulation or treatment.
Answers questions and reassures patient before and after procedure.
Transfer patient to treatment table with care for IV s and catheters.
Checks patient treatment plan and delivers prescribed dose.
Maintains patient markings.
Changes markings according to physician's direction or need.
Documents treatment, in accordance with departmental protocols.
Keeps physician informed and adapts treatment per physician orders.
Acquires and analyzes digital radiographs of all treatment areas.
Observes radiation safety measures for patient and personnel performs patient positioning and immobilization device construction to promote set-up consistency for daily treatments.
Operate CT simulation unit, and supporting equipment; Power injector, gating, model construction equipment.
May assist in special procedures including HDR; Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Implants.
Evaluate images for technical quality, and proper positioning.
Perform initial set-up checks to facilitate daily set-up consistency, and confirm congruency between prescription, treatment site, treatment plan parameters, and other relevant information.
Monitor patient visually and audibly during therapy procedure for any unusual reactions or events.
Uses judgment and informs physician if indicated by patient's condition, before proceeding with treatment.
Reports significant information to designated supervisory personnel.
Interface in a highly collaborative manner with all members of the patient's care team including: radiation oncologists, physicists, dosimetrists, nurses, social workers, administration and others.
Schedule patients for treatment to optimize department efficiency and patient convenience.
Reports changes in patient's condition or inappropriate response to treatment to Radiation Oncologist or Nurse.
Assist with orientation and training of new or transfer staff to ensure competence in the functionality of all therapy related equipment.
Support training and oversight of radiation therapy students within the guidelines of the program and the department.
Assist with the maintenance of department facilities, equipment, and supplies.
Reports maintenance and repair needs to supervisor.
Maintain a clean and order work area.
Participate in educational in-services, as appropriate.
Participates in professional activities and organizations to maintain and expand knowledge of current trends, practices, and developments.
Ensure charges to patients for services rendered are accurately recorded.
Perform on-call duties to provide emergency treatments during non-clinic hours.
Demonstrate continuous competency on an annual basis on all applicable equipment in the department.
Participate in the evaluation of treatment devices.
Maintain compliance with medical center and regulatory agency standards in regard to annual training, infection control, Radiation Protection guidelines, and credentialing requirements.
Ensure adherence to patient safety standards.
Complete daily QA process for CT scanner and Linear Accelerators.
Records results and reports suboptimal performance of these systems to the Medical Physicist and other designated personnel.
Conduct new plan and therapist chart check quality assurance audits on charts of those patients starting and under treatment; ensure required set-up instructions are recorded and plan timeouts are completed.
Support hospital and department Quality/safety event learning processes.
Complies with established department policies, procedures, objectives, quality assurance, safety, environmental and infection control.
Submits SAFE or RO-ILS reports as needed.
Participate and support department QA and QI initiatives.
Review treatment protocol criteria, to ensure adherence of treatment delivery to guidelines.
Perform all other duties as assigned.
Provides patient care and/or support activities appropriate to all ages served, primarily adults ages 18-65 or geriatric patients ages overage 65.
May also include care for infant age 0-1 year, child ages 1-12 years or adolescent 13-17 years.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Level I - Certificate or degree from an accredited Radiation Therapy Technology program and at a minimum be registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or be registry eligible; less than 3 years' work experience as a radiation therapists.
If registry eligible must pass registry exam within 6 months of employment.
Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification in accordance with the American Heart Association required.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Medium): 20-50 lbs; 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 11-25 lbs, 34-66% of the workday (frequently); 01-10 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 50 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 25 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking, Occasional sitting, Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing), Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors Communicable diseases Electrical shock , Floor Surfaces, Hot/Cold Temperatures, Indoor/Outdoor conditions, Latex, Lighting, Patient care/handling injuries, Radiation , Shift work, Travel may be required. Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators, environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.Connect With Us!Connect with us for general consideration!Division St. Joseph's HospitalCampus Location Atlanta, GA, 30342Campus Location US-GA-AtlantaDepartment SJH Radiation TherapyJob Type PRN / RegistryJob Number 102172Job Category Imaging & RadiologySchedule 7a-3:30pStandard Hours 4 HoursEmory Healthcare is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing equal opportunity in all of its employment practices and decisions. Emory Healthcare prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age (40 and over), disability, citizenship, genetic information, service in the uniformed services, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.