Radiology Practice Assistant
Some call it a career. For us it's a calling.
National Jewish Health is currently seeking a Radiology
Practice Assistant – Pool to join our compassionate team. The candidate selected for this role will be motivated, efficient,
approachable, detail oriented and quality focused.
This position will impact the institution by providing
exceptional clinical support to our radiologists and the diverse patients we
serve. The ideal candidate will display a passion for quality patient care.
As the leading respiratory
hospital in the nation, National Jewish Health is pioneering a new era of preventive
and personalized medicine. By combining our efforts in comprehensive care,
academic education and ground-breaking research, we're able to develop
treatments that help our patients live more productive lives. If you believe in
Science Transforming Life, we invite you to join our team.
For more information about National Jewish Health and our
mission, vision, values and culture, please visit: http://jobs.nationaljewish.org/ General SummaryTo provide clinical support for radiologists in general fluoroscopic procedures both invasive and non-invasive, image screening and evaluation, administer intravenous medications or contrast media, catheter placement, and act as an intermediate caregiver on behalf of the radiologists.Essential Responsibilities1. Performs fluoroscopic (static of dynamic) and invasive procedures, such as, Esophagram, Tailored Barium Swallow, Upper GI, Lower GI, small bowel, fluid drainage, placement of tubes, PICC Line placement, assist or perform intravenous contrast injections and other contrast agents used in Radiology under the supervision of a radiologist, as well as closely monitoring patients for adverse reactions.2. Reviews Images and provides feedback of the studies performed to the radiologists to assist in the interpretation of specified studies. 3. Serve as a pathway to facilitating and mentoring continuing education to technologists as needed within their scope of practice.4. Scppe of practice will be driven by the needs of the Radiology department as determined by the radiologists and accordance with state and/or federal laws.
The procedures are listed but not limited to the following: Esophagram, Tailored Barium Swallow, Upper GI, Lower GI, small bowel, fluid drainage, placement of tubes, PICC Line placement, assist or perform intravenous contrast injections and other contrast agents used in Radiology.5 Interacts and coordinates with support, technical staff, radiologists and other health care professionals for the scheduling of fluoroscopic, imaging, and invasive procedures and other concerns with patient management as needed.6. Reports to Radiology Division Head and works in unison with the Imaging Director to facilitate workflow, imaging system, technical issues and other feedback and problem solving. Assists in development of imaging procedures, standards, protocols and programs as dictated by the Radiologists and institutional needs.7. Provides patient care in radiology health care services under the supervision of the radiologists. 8. Obtains patient consent, provides instructions, discuss alternatives, initiates medical documentation and discharge summary when applicable. Provides patients with educational materials as requested.9. Recommends additional imaging in a different modality, when warranted following consultation with the radiologist.10. Works in accordance of minimizing radiation exposure to the patient by applying A.L.A.R.A. (As Low as Reasonably Achievable) principles during fluoroscopic procedures.11. Participates in institutional research studies with role definition and over sight as determined by the radiologists.12. Implements care and services that recognize age-specific needs and issues for customers served. Effectively communicates patient/family education requests or needs to Radiology staff.13. Performs all other duties as assigned.General Responsibilities1. Performs, as directed, safety compliance and uses Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as needed.2. Participates in Quality Assessment (QA) and Quality Improvement (QI) programs, as directed.3. Ensures compliance with The Joint Commission and all other Federal, State and Regulatory Agencies.4. Responds promptly and sincerely to customer's needs, requests and concerns via all communication forms using easily understood language and refraining from using inappropriate language and non-verbal gestures.5. Maintains positive working relationships as a team player through problem solving issues, speaking positively about others, listening attentively and observing the Patient Bill of Rights and Confidentiality.6. Increases customer service knowledge, skill and ability by participating in department and institution-wide specific programs.7. Incorporates National Jewish's identity (Science Transforming Life®) into daily functions. Speaks positively about the institution, provides customers with prompt service, maintains a clean and safe working environment, dresses appropriately based upon National Jewish safety standards, and departmental policies and wears an ID badge visibly.Knowledge and SkillsProficient at using PC's and information systems.
(such as: PACS, RIS, HIS, EMR)EducationBachelor degree, required. Certification and LicensureCurrent Radiology Practitioner Assistant (RPA) certification, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification required. CPR/BLS required. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certificate required.Work ExperienceA minimum of five (5) years of recent clinical experience required. - or - Any equivalent combination of Education and/or Experience Working ConditionsPosition is in a clinical environment. Frequent requirements may include: reading and comprehending medical literature, including basic interpretation of disease processes, medical charts, and instructions. Communication includes ability to chart vital signs and other basic information. Communication with interdisciplinary team as well as with differing ages and levels of maturity/understanding of patient and family, taking and recording telephone messages. Manual dexterity, manipulating equipment such as blood pressure kit, oximeter, spirometer. Frequently, has the need to assist a patient by moving or lifting. Considerable physical demands, requiring lifting up to 25 pounds Also involves pushing wheelchairs, opening doors and cabinets, reaching for objects. Occasionally will need to crawl in order to retrieve a fallen object for a patient. Occasional requirements may include: sitting while completing paperwork, kneeling, and squatting. Incumbent may be scheduled to work an alternate schedule to accommodate essential business needs routine travel by foot or automobile to alternate work/meeting locations, possibly during inclement weather.Environmental ConditionsInside environmental conditions may include: The potential of coming into contact with bloodborne pathogens. Has frequent exposure to infectious diseases. Occasionally, may encounter radiation from portable radiology procedures. May come into contact with various fumes/odors. Also may encounter contaminated biological waste from infectious patients. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided to each employee when needed as determined by policy. Utilization of PPE is mandatory. Estimated 1500 employees in the worksite.Management/Supervisory ResponsibilitiesNone