OverviewUnder the administrative direction of the Ultrasound Supervisor and the Medical Director of Vascular Ultrasound, the Vascular Ultrasound Technologist performs vascular ultrasound procedures such as carotids, abdominal ultrasounds and ABIs, at a level of competence not requiring constant supervision to technical detail. Assumes responsibility for designated areas, procedures and students as assigned.
- Operates imaging equipment correctly per procedure.
- Maintains a good work pace and is productive according to established departmental thresholds.
- Assumes responsibility for provision of physical and psychological needs of patients during procedures. Explains
procedure, reassuring patient and securing his/her full cooperation during testing. Relays information to physician
without alarming patient. Reports changes in patients' condition or behavior to physician.
- Lifts, moves transports and positions patients for diagnostic studies.
- Completes routine procedures in the required time frame. Reports any incomplete assignments to ensure continuity
of procedure. Completes work from previous shift, and assists others as requested and permitted.
- Assumes responsibility for keeping department in a clean, neat and orderly condition.
- Completes necessary paperwork/ computer work on each examination performed as directed, including, but not
limited to: documentation for physician and hospital billing.
- Handles routine questions from referring physicians, patients and families.
- Adheres to hospital wide standards and department specific standards for service excellence, including, but not
limited to: identification of and response to customer needs, appropriate communication, protection of patient
privacy and confidentiality, etc.
- Maintains a professional relationship and cooperative rapport with co-workers, other healthcare professionals,
supervisors and others in positions of authority.
- Communicates in a professional manner with particular emphasis on interacting positively and respectfully with
patients, visitors and others. Responds constructively to feedback from any customer group (patients, visitors, co-workers, physicians, departments, etc.).
- Coordinates work to achieve maximum productivity and efficiency during the assigned shift. Adjusts and revises
schedule, as necessary, in view of; stat orders, admissions, outpatient walk-ins, and fluctuations in patient workload.
Assists in other areas of department work, filling in clerical work, working on projects, assisting others, studying or
learning new procedures, responding to emergency situations, tracking QA and QI, etc.
- Identifies opportunities and makes recommendations for operations improvements in a positive manner. Contributes
to department problem solving with a "team" perspective.
- Documents problems in department for Quality Improvement review.
- Demonstrates a complete understanding of policies and procedures concerning Imaging Technologist responsibilities
as outlined in the department policy and procedure manual.
- Assumes responsibility for continuing professional education and development. Keeps up-to-date best practices for
- Maintains all licensure, certification and/or registration required for the position. Maintains competencies through
regular participation in service education programs.
- Demonstrates understanding of Code Blue, Fire and Disaster Plan and Infection Control Policies; demonstrates
proficiency in technical and RMS skills and PACS.
- Regularly obtains and shares information from other technologists or supervisors.
- Assists in on-the-job training of students as assigned.
- Assists with ensuring the safe operation and compliance with State, Federal and JCAHO requirements, regulations and
- Observes radiation safety techniques, including use of protective shielding, handling and disposal of pharmaceuticals.
Takes appropriate precautions to minimize exposure to infectious, radioactive or biohazard agents.
- Strictly obeys hospital infection control procedures; maintains personal hygiene and cleanliness.
- Follows safe work practices to ensure proper care and use of hospital equipment, vehicles, etc. Identifies and reports
safety concerns/hazards to supervisor.
- Responds to emergency situation/codes immediately and performs in a calm and professional manner.
- Wears identification badge according to policy.
- Maintains the confidentiality of patient records and uses discretion when discussing patient matters.
- Complies with attendance policies and procedures; including but not limited to requesting time off in advance,
providing proper notification to appropriate individuals and recording hours worked as required (using ID badge to
punch in/out). Manages time in order to be punctual for appointments and ready to work at the start of the assigned
shifts. Participates in staff rotation schedule, which may include the following:
- Day shift
- Overtime during staff shortages or emergencies;
- Report to work during emergency/disaster.
- Required: Effective communication skills /ability to build rapport with others. Organizational skills to work in an
efficient, orderly fashion.
- Preferred:A minimum of one year of experience as a sonographer preferred, but not required.
- Preferred:Satisfactory completion of a formal Vascular Ultrasound Training program preferred
Licensure, Certifications, or Registration
- Required: Registration or registration eligible by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS)
in Vascular Ultrasound, must be obtained 12 month after hire.
Applicants with relevant experience will be considered. North Shore Medical Center is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. Pre-employment drug screening is required.