Houston, Texas

JOB SUMMARY
The Lead Cardiac MRI (CMRI) Technologist functions as the lead person for cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging generally for an assigned shift and in this capacity performs lead job duties and/or regularly leads projects or performs specialized responsibilities as a regular part of their normal job responsibilities. In addition to the lead responsibilities also functions at the CMRI Technologist II level. Serves as the liaison between management, staff and physicians for routine matters as the primary point of contact for resolving questions and issues for Technologist I and II jobs as well as support staff, resulting in the delivery of exceptional patient care and adherence to standards of practice for optimal patient safety, quality outcomes, and customer service. Duties may be varied and may include many of the following: organize work schedules, make work assignments, review and edit time cards for accuracy, conduct quality assurance audits of staff performance, develop and implement quality improvement activities, train and mentor staff, provide feedback on staff performance and developmental needs, participate in the development of skills and performance of staff, lead and regularly perform special projects, collect/analyze/report on data, prepare reports on performance and metrics, and other responsibilities of a similar nature and level.

As an experienced and fully competent CMRI Technologist II, completes a variety of routine to complex diagnostic cardiovascular procedures. Applies magnetic resonance knowledge and skills, including a strong sense of pathology & physiology, to each clinical situations. Works independently, exercising sound judgment and execution of above average clinical skills on challenging diagnostic procedures and patient care situations. This job requires availability to be on call.

Requirements:

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
PEOPLE - 20%
  1. Promotes a positive work environment and leads the team to be a dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one another to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members of the patient care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner. Will be communicating with physicians (Attending and Fellows), nurses and peers in order to provide the best care for the patient. (EF)
  2. Orients, guides and mentors Fellows/observers, CMRI Technologist I's, II's and students to help build confidence in skills, knowledge and abilities. Trains and leads all Technologists to perform procedures in the areas of responsibility at the highest competency level. (EF)
  3. Effectively implements protocols and objectives with team members to result in optimization of staff performance, teamwork, patient safety, and customer service. (EF)

SERVICE - 30%
  1. Performs a variety of high quality clinical and research Cardiac MRI exams and differentiates protocols and sequences as needed for each exam. Identifies when to switch from one sequence to another and takes appropriate action in order to provide the proper information to the physician.
  2. Ensures proper review of patient medical information, independently performs high quality diagnostic studies according to specified protocols for routine, specialty and research studies while teaching, providing care to and appropriately monitoring each patient. Performs post processing and enters data into report documentations (EF)
  3. Provides direct assistance to physicians during clinical and research procedures, including assisting with sterile technique.

QUALITY/SAFETY - 30%
  1. Follows imaging and MRI safety standards and conducts all imaging procedures accordingly. Properly utilizes patient protective gear and immobilization during diagnostic procedures.
Maintains proper sterile techniques for procedures, regularly practices aseptic techniques, and ensures compliance with infection control procedures. Complies with job, departmental and hospital safety standards, practices and policies. (EF)
  1. Identifies opportunities for corrective action and process improvement providing recommendations, and contributes to meeting departmental and hospital targets for quality and safety. Reports "near misses" and inputs errors promptly into PSN to improve processes and identify trends.
  2. Ensures all imaging equipment has had QC performed as required and is in safe working order prior to use. Reports any malfunctions to management and regularly practices preventive maintenance procedures; calls for service if needed. (EF)
  3. Assists with implementation and education of departmental based safety initiatives, standards of practice and protocols. Develops skills of team members and continually assists with improving skills, performance and outcomes. Provides input to management on staff performance. (EF)

FINANCE - 10%
  1. Responsible for ordering of supplies; does not waste supplies. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks. Accurately reviews and edits team member's time cards for management approval, if applicable.
  2. Appropriately handles scheduling to accommodate patients' needs and ensuring adequate staffing for operations is maintained. Monitors and adjusts activities to ensure optimum patient throughput and patient experience.

GROWTH/INNOVATION - 10%
  1. Leads departmental projects and shared governance activities within the department.
  2. Encourages and participates in opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development as a Technologist.
  3. Fosters a positive and constructive teaching environment by engaging students and co-workers in learning opportunities that are valuable and in alignment with business objectives.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.

Qualifications:

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Graduate of education program approved by the credentialing body for the required credential(s) indicated below

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
At least 5 years of clinical imaging experience with at least 3 years specifically in Cardiovascular Imaging. Prior experience in a lead role, or HM experience and performance that demonstrates leadership abilities.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED
One of the following credentials:
American Registry for Diagnostic Sonography (ARDMS),
Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI),
Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB), or
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
If certification held thru NMTCB or ARRT, registration as a Medical Radiologic Technologist (MRT-GC) is required
MRI Registry required through ARRT (MR), ARMRIT or CAMRT
American Heart Association BLS

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills and competency assessments
  • Ability to work independently; capable of handling challenging / difficult procedures and patient care situations; demonstrates sound judgment and executes above average clinical skills.
  • Possesses advance computer knowledge, in order to operate multiple systems, which includes, Hospital Information Systems, Office software, Reporting/processing systems to maintain patient and exam documentations; ability to scan on different platforms
  • Exhibits strong interpersonal and team player skills with all levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers; possesses a positive attitude with the self-motivation to work efficiently and effectively with peers
  • Adapts to multiple ongoing priorities with minimal supervision including, organizing work flow and actively participating in problem-solving
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles
  • Possesses a strong understanding of the cardiovascular system, understanding advance knowledge in anatomy/physiology and pathologies associated
  • Ability to correctly recognize pathologies seen in scans and communicate with CMRI Fellow and/or Attending
  • Demonstrates advance knowledge of cardiac rhythms (i.e. sinus, atrial fibrillation, tachycardia, bigeminyetc.) and knowing what modifications to sequences are needed, in order to provide the physician with proper images
  • Ability to independently post process and establish measurements needed for physician's readings

Company Profile:

Based in the Texas Medical Center, Houston Methodist Hospital is delivering on a mission started in 1919, which continues today – bringing quality, integrity, compassion and innovation into everything we do. As the flagship hospital of Houston Methodist, Houston Methodist Hospital is a nationally recognized medical center with a history of health care innovation. Houston Methodist Hospital was awarded Magnet recognition for nursing excellence for a fourth consecutive time by the ANCC. In addition, Houston Methodist Hospital was recently named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country’s top 20 hospitals and was also ranked the No. 1 hospital in Texas for the fifth consecutive year.

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