Houston, Texas

JOB SUMMARY
The Nuclear/CT Technologist is an experienced Technologist who performs a variety of routine to complex Nuclear and CT imaging and laboratory procedures of moderate to high difficulty. Is a member of the direct patient care team, fully competent, licensed and certified in all aspects of both CT and Nuclear Medicine imaging. In addition to general nuclear medicine procedures, the technologist performs CT angiographic procedures and administration of radiographic contrast. Works independently exercising sound judgment and executing above average clinical skills on challenging diagnostic procedures and patient care situations. Delivers exceptional patient care and adheres to radiation standards and guidelines established by radiology agencies to ensure optimal patient safety and customer service.

Requirements:

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
PEOPLE - 20%
  1. Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to 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. (EF)
  2. Guides and mentors staff and students to help build confidence in skills, knowledge and abilities, including instructs Nuclear Medicine and CT technology students.

SERVICE - 30%
  1. Performs CT (to include cardiac CT where applicable) examination to provide cross-sectional images and complex data processing of images for determining medical treatment and diagnosis. Provides indepth and complete case synthesis of patient files to promote expedited and timely interpretations by physicians (EF)
  2. Performs the duties associated with the operation of the nuclear pharmacy as defined in the Radiopharmacy Policy and Procedure. (EF)
  3. Provides care for the physical needs of patients by executing various nuclear and CT imaging scan concepts to maximize performance. This includes: positioning, physiology, procedure preparation, and technical factors. Modifies technical factors to achieve desired imaging results and recognizes complications / limitations associated with certain procedures. Proactively identifies how to address these for optimum outcomes. (EF)
  4. Schedules nuclear & CT imaging procedures appropriately and performs other administrative tasks related to the development of new diagnostic procedures and/or imaging areas as assigned. Moves between modalities as needed for the most efficient and effective service and outcomes. (EF)

QUALITY/SAFETY - 30%
  1. Follows radiation safety standards and conducts all imaging procedures accordingly. Properly utilizes patient radiation protection and immobilization during diagnostic procedures.
  2. 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)
  3. Identifies opportunities for corrective action and process improvement providing recommendations, and contributes to meeting departmental and hospital targets for quality and safety. Assists with implementation and education of departmental based safety initiatives and standards of practice.Reports "near misses" and inputs errors promptly into PSN to improve processes and identify trends.
  4. 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)

FINANCE - 10%
  1. Provides accurate and complete documentation of patient procedures. Enters charges at the time service is delivered. (EF)
  2. Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks.

GROWTH/INNOVATION - 10%
  1. Participates in departmental projects and shared governance activities.
  2. Seeks 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
Bachelors degree preferred

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
3 years experience as a CT and/or Nuclear MedicineTechnologist required, of which at least 2 years of experience must be as a Nuclear MedicineTechnologist

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED
American Registry of Radiologic Technologist in Nuclear Medicine (ARRT (NM)) or Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification (NMTCB)
Computed Tomography Registry thru ARRT (ARRT (CT))
Registration as a Medical Radiologic Technologist (MRT-GC) thru the Texas Medical Board
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 diagnostic procedures and patient care situations; demonstrates sound judgment and executes above average clinical skills.
  • Possesses basic computer knowledge; operates multiple computer systems to include, Hospital / Radiology Information Systems and Office software to maintain patient and exam documents
  • 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
  • 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
  • Demonstrates thorough knowledge of Nuclear cardiology/CT cardiology cross sectional anatomy
  • Demonstrates thorough knowledge of SPEC/CT equipment capabilities; adjusts techniques and parameters as necessary to obtain high quality results; demonstrates the ability to operate all scanners.

  • 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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