Simulation Radiation Therapist

Emory

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Overview

At 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?

Description

JOB DESCRIPTION:

  • Under the supervision of the Chief Radiation Therapist, the Simulation Radiation Therapist Serve as subject matter expert (SME) for simulation procedures.
  • The simulation therapist requires a high level of clinical and technical planning abilities.
  • Staff in this role will work closely with the physician, physics and dosimetry teams to ensure patients are positioned to generate the optimal treatment plan, and to reduce variation in the daily set-up for the radiation treatment delivery.
  • Conduct simulation procedures as directed by the radiation oncologist.
  • Operate CT simulation unit, and supporting equipment; Power injector, gating, model construction equipment.
  • Create scanning protocols to optimize imaging quality.
  • Ensures documentation (sim order/patient consent) is compliant with regulatory and department guidelines.
  • Performs patient positioning and immobilization device construction to promote set-up consistency for daily treatments.
  • Ensure sterile procedures are followed for procedures requiring use of sterile equipment.
  • Confirm lab values are current for cases in which IV contrast is administered.
  • Participate in the evaluation of treatment devices.
  • Conduct staff training and competency validation on simulator operations.
  • Schedule patients for treatment to optimize department efficiency and patient convenience.
  • Develop and update simulation standard operating procedures.
  • Develop and update simulation training material.
  • Participate in initial set-up checks to facilitate daily set-up consistency.
  • Perform monthly inspection of treatment devices.
  • Inform manager of devices needing repair or replacement.
  • Assist with training and evaluation of radiation therapy students within the guidelines of the program and the department.
  • May assist in interviewing and selection of new students.
  • Perform morning QA of CT unit and supporting equipment Maintain a clean and order work area.
  • Obtain face photo and set-up photos.
  • Upload both into TX EMR.
  • Perform radiation treatment procedures in accordance with the Radiation Oncologists instructions.
  • Support proper function of therapy equipment.
  • Report equipment issues to Physics and Technical Manager.
  • May assist in special procedures including HDR; Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Implants.
  • Assesses the patient treatment port prior to initiation of treatment, according to department policy and procedure.
  • Report changes in patient's condition or inappropriate response to treatment to Radiation Oncologist or Nurse.
  • Perform on-call duties to provide emergency treatments during non-clinic hours; if required.
  • Ensure adherence to patient safety standards.
  • Adhere to Radiation Protection guidelines at all times.
  • Attend staff meetings and department in-services.
  • Maintain compliance with medical center and regulatory agency standards in regard to annual training, infection control, and credentialing requirements.
  • 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.
  • Support hospital and department Quality/safety event learning processes.
  • Support efforts to maintain high patient satisfaction scores.
  • Participate in quality improvement projects.
  • Perform chart checks to ensure required set-up instructions are recorded and plan timeouts are completed.
  • Demonstrate continuous competency on an annual basis on all applicable equipment in the department.
  • Support the team concept and departmental goals.
  • Attend educational in-services as appropriate.
  • Participates in professional activities and organizations to maintain knowledge of current trends, practices, and developments. Perform all other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum 3 years as a staff radiation therapist, 2 years working in the Emory Healthcare system; CT simulation experience CT certification preferred.
  • Certificate or degree from an accredited Radiation Therapy Technology program.
  • American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification, and 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.

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