Covenant Health

Job Title
Nuclear Med Tech
ID
3279334
Facility
Parkwest Medical Center
Department Name
NUCLEAR MEDICINE

Overview

 

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Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Nuclear Medicine

PRN/OCC

 

Nuclear Medicine provides general diagnostic and cardiac nuclear exams to outpatients, inpatients, and emergency patients. The department has 4 cameras, 3 are currently GE and 1 Siemens. Two cameras are dual-head general purpose. One camera is a single-head unit for body planar imaging. One camera is a cardiac spect unit. I-131 therapy is performed up to 29.9 mCi. The department is staffed from 6 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 6 a.m. -2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Staff rotate call coverage for emergent cases when the department is closed. The nuclear medicine staff work closely with the cardiac diagnostics department with performing stress tests.  Physician supervision is provided by both radiologist and cardiologists. The nuclear medicine techs will work collaboratively with the Breast Center to provide lymphoscintigraphy to patient prior to breast surgery. The Nuclear Medicine department is accredited by the American College of Radiology.   

 

Position Summary: Performs physician defined routine and specialized diagnostic imaging procedures.  Provides support assistance/activities as needed.

 

Responsibilities

  • Assists in the care of equipment and cleans area in accordance to infection control prevention guidelines and policies.
  • Collaborates patient’s clinical history with procedure, ensuring information is documented and available for use by a licensed independent practitioner. Completes and verifies accurate informed consents
  • Performs routine diagnostic imaging procedures through technical expertise of equipment and procedure protocol.
  • Proficient in all clerical duties, radiology information systems and PACS.
  • Provides patients and families with procedure explanation and/or written documentation of procedure.
  • Proficient in required data entry, record maintenance and statistical data.
  • Responds appropriately and timely to patients, physicians and other customers needs.
  • Proficient in patient assessment, monitoring and sterile technique as required.
  • Maintains established radiation safety standards that involves practicing techniques that will 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 and establishing protocols for managing spills and unplanned releases of radiation.
  • Demonstrates competent performance of critical skills to include appropriate delivery of care according to the age-specific needs of the entire life span. 
  • Technically proficient in the operation and quality control aspects of scanning and image recording equipment specific to the assigned work area. Evaluates equipment performance, initiates corrective action when necessary, and maintains records for the quality control program of gamma camera imaging systems in accordance with federal and state regulations and institutional polices.
  • Displays independent work skills by capably taking physician orders to completion to included correct patient transport, required clerical skills, physician defined scanning parameters, acquisition, filming and physician interpretation.
  • Correct drug, procedure and supply charging, stock maintenance and vendor ordering procedure.
  • Efficient coordination of daily work distribution and patient flow.
  • Proficient in the intravenous and oral administration of radioisotopes. Performs venipuncture, starts and maintains intravenous access as prescribed by a licensed dependent practitioner
  • Proficient in the documentation and record keeping as regulated and required by the State, Joint Commission, ACR and NRC to include the handling and administration of radioisotopes.
  • Assumes responsibility for patient needs before, during and post procedures; proactively assists patients, families, licensed independent practitioners and visitors as needed.
  • Proficient in receiving, scheduling, relaying and documenting verbal, written and electronic orders in the patient’s medical record.
  • Assists licensed independent practitioner with interventional procedure, including time outs according to policy.
  • Proficient in the utilization of appropriate techniques, radiopharmaceuticals, and adjunctive medications as part of a standard protocol to ensure quality diagnostic images and/or laboratory results. Obtains biological samples to perform testing as required for the optimization of patient care and quality of diagnostic procedures. 
  • Knowledgeable and proficient in the safe handling, security, and storage of radiopharmaceuticals. This includes, but is not limited to, the procurement, identification, dose calculation, and administration of radiopharmaceuticals. It also includes all associated documentation and disposal as appropriate.
  • Follows policies, procedures, and safety standards. Completes required education assignments annually. Works toward achieving goals and objectives, and participates in quality improvement initiatives as requested.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

 

Minimum Education: None specified; however, must be sufficient to meet the standards for achievement of the below indicated license and/or certification as required by the issuing authority.

 

Minimum Experience: None

 

Licensure Requirement: Must have and maintain NMTCB certification or ARRT (N) certification. State licensure in accordance with Tennessee guidelines. CPR required.

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