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Echo Technician

Company: Methodist Hospital
Location: San Antonio
Posted on: October 13, 2019

Job Description:

Description SHIFT: Days (rotating weekends)

SCHEDULE: Full-time

Methodist HospitalEcho TechnicianCardiac Ultrasound/Clinical TechniciansFT - Days - Non-Exempt
Do you have a passionfor healthcare and helping others? Do you enjoy working in a fast-paced,patient-centered environment? Jump-start your career in our--Cardiac Ultrasound--bold"> Department. Submit your application today!--Benefits:--We offer you anexcellent total compensation package, including competitive salary, excellentbenefit package and growth opportunities. We believe in our team and yourability to do excellent work with us. Your benefits include 401k, PTO medical,dental, flex spending, life, disability, tuition reimbursement, employeediscount program, employee stock purchase program and student loan repayment.We would love to talk to you about this fantastic opportunity.
Seeking a--Echo/Cardiac Ultrasound Technician--whoworks under the direction of the Non-Invasive Cardiology Manager or designeeand demonstrates knowledge of non-invasive cardiac technology to performphysician-ordered diagnostic cardiac exams. He/she performs echocardiograms(2-D, M-mode, color doppler, pulsed wave doppler, and continuous wave doppler),TEEs (routine and CVOR), carotid imaging, tilt-table testing, and other relatedexaminations according to established Hospital standards and practices. Appliestechnical knowledge of diagnostic non-invasive cardiac imaging equipmentoperation to include: Proficiency in basic troubleshooting, proper equipmentcleaning, storage and maintenance of equipment. He/she accurately documents inaccordance with Hospital policies and standards. Communicates timely andappropriate information with necessary members of the patient care team.--What you will do in this role:1. Acquires a signedphysician order with indicator for all exams. Demonstrates good judgment inresponding to STAT calls and appropriately prioritizes STAT orders. Ensurespatient consent is signed for the ordered procedure. Effectively communicatesand explains the procedure to the patient without discussing clinical findingsof the exam. Validates the patient and/or family understanding of theprocedure.2. Ensures properequipment operation during patient exams. Demonstrates proficiency in basictroubleshooting, equipment cleaning, storage and preventative maintenance.3.Demonstrates technical proficiency for echocardiograms:--A.Adult and pediatric (if applicable) echocardiograms: Performs 2-D, M-mode,color Doppler, pulsed wave Doppler, and continuous wave Doppler. This includesall measurements as needed for a complete study to include parasternal longaxis, parasternal short axis, apical 4-chamber, apical long axis, and apical2-chamber, and subcostal 4-chamber view, subcostal short axis, subcostal RVoutflow, abdominal aorta, suprasternal long axis of the aortic arch, and RVoutflow to evaluate the MPA and branch PAs. Applies critical thinking skills toassess the patient condition to provide any additional views that will assistthe cardiologist in the care/treatment of the patient.--B.Stress echo (exercise and chemical): Performs 2-D imaging at the highest levelfor the evaluation of wall motion abnormalities. Stress images will includeP-LAX, P-SAX, apical 4-chamber, and apical 2-chamber.--C.Demonstrates technical proficiency for TEEs. Set up of equipment and allsupplies. Assists cardiologist with probe insertion as directed. After probeplacement, tape all data as requested. Upon completion of procedure, candidatewill immediately clean and disinfect probe according to departmental policy.--4. Assists with headup tilt table testing. Responsible for patient preparation to includevalidating the patient is NPO, patient transport, placement of electrodes,placement of blood pressure cuff and presence of a patent saline lock. Ifcontinuous monitoring is required, secures the use of EKG monitoring equipment.If labs are required, candidate will arrange for blood drawing. Candidate willremain with patient at all times and offer assistance under the direction of aRN.5. Demonstratestechnical proficiency at carotid imaging. Ability to obtain images of thecommon carotid, bulb, internal and external carotids with color doppler andpulsed wave doppler. Provides measurements as necessary for a completeevaluation of both right and left carotids.6. Maintains allpatient reports in accordance with Hospital policy. This includes but is notlimited to the following: pulling all previous reports/images; presentingimages to the correct reading physician; notifying reading physicians ofrequests; entering proper patient charges into Meditech; performing databaseand operating system backup; error log review; Hemodynamic Monitoring systemdata field modification; and proper storage of archived exam/study data.
Qualifications Minimum Education, Experience, Training, RequiredKnowledge, Skill, Abilities and Other Job-Related Characteristics:1.--Education and experience:--Candidatesmust be registry eligible for RDCS/RDMS-FE from ARDMS or RCS from CCI.Effective01/01/2013 new hires must meet--ONE--ofthe following registry eligible provisions:A. Completion of an Associate---s Degree/two year patient-carerelated allied health education program (diagnostic medical sonographer,radiologic technologist, respiratory therapist, occupational therapist,physical therapist, RN program)--ANDone(1) year full-time clinical ultrasound/vascular ultrasound experience. (ARDMSand RCS eligibility)B. Graduate of a CAAHEP accredited diagnostic medical sonography,diagnostic cardiac sonography or vascular technology program. (RCS and ARDMSeligibility)C. Bachelor---s degree (or foreign equivalent)--AND--six (6) months of full-time clinicalultrasound/vascular experience. (RCS eligibility)D. Bachelor---s degree in sonography or vascular technology (orforeign equivalent). (ARDMS eligibility).E. Current Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS), RegisteredCongenital Cardiac Sonographer (RCCS) or Registered Vascular Specialist (RVS)through Cardiovascular Credentialing International. (ARDMS eligibility)F. High school graduate/G.E.D.--AND--two(2) years full-time on-the-job experience in cardiac or vascular ultrasound.(RCS eligibility)G.Graduate of a non-accredited program in Cardiac Medical Sonography thatincludes a minimum of one (1) year of specialty training (to include 800clinical hours). (RCS eligibility)--2.Employee completes initial and ongoing training and competencies as defined byservice line, facility and department/unit which are specific to the needs ofthe patient population served (if applicable).--Minimum License, Certificates, or RegistrationsRequired:I. New hires as of 02/01/2013 require--bold"> ONE--of the following:II.Current echo/cardiac ultrasound technicians (hired on/before 01/31/2013) haveuntil August 1, 2013 to obtain one of the following:--A. American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS)in--ONE--of the following:i.Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) for the patient populationserved: Adult (RDCS-AE), Fetal (RDCS-FE), and/or Pediatric (RDCS-PE)--ORii.Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in Fetal Echocardiography (RDMS-FE)--B.Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) from Cardiovascular CredentialingInternational (CCI)----Be a partof an organization that invests in you. We are actively reviewing applications.Qualified candidates will be promptly contacted by our hiring managers forinterviews. Submit your application today and help us raise the bar in patientcare!--MethodistHospital opened in 1963 as the first hospital in the now internationallyacclaimed South Texas Medical Center. From the beginning, we've recognized theunique needs of each of our patients. It's a process that we continue toimprove on, creating ways to better serve the community when they need us themost. With 1013 beds, Methodist Hospital offers a broad range of specialtiesincluding cardiology, cancer care, bone marrow transplants, emergency medicine,neurosciences, maternity care, gynecology and orthopedics.--As the flagship hospital of the Medical Center and of theMethodist Healthcare system of hospitals, we appreciate the supportand--recognition we receive from the community having been ranked No. 1 inthe Express-News Reader's Choice Awards. We also enjoy being the most preferredhospital in San Antonio, as consistently reported by the Consumer ResearchCorporation. Methodist Hospital has been nationally recognized by Leapfrog---sHospital Safety Grade A, accredited by the Joint Commission in stroke care, anddesignated as an accredited Chest Pain Center. For more information, pleasevisit our website at--www.sahealth.com--and select Methodist Hospital under Locations.----We are anequal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do notdiscriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender,sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Company Description:

HCA Healthcare is a collaborative healthcare network, driven by physicians, nurses and colleagues helping each other champion the practice of medicine to give people a healthier tomorrow. With a comprehensive network of more than 270,000 people across approximately 1,800 care facilities, our scale enables us to deliver great outcomes for our patients, provide superior nursing care and be a preferred place for physicians to practice medicine. We never stop in our pursuit of insights and care advances based on the knowledge and data we gain from approximately 30 million patient encounters a year. Every day, we raise the bar to improve the way healthcare is delivered, not just in our facilities, but everywhere. We---re committed to improving more lives in more ways, and above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.

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