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Radiation Therapist

Company: Beaumont Hospitals
Location: Troy
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

GENERAL SUMMARY:

Under general supervision and in accordance with department policy and procedure, this position is responsible for simulating patients for radiation treatment planning and providing radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by the radiation oncologist.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Administers prescribed doses of radiation to specific body parts using radiation therapy equipment.
  • Administers contrast material if indicated; monitors patient closely. Administers medical treatment to patient having adverse reaction to contrast and notifying doctor.
  • Reviews prescription, diagnosis, patient chart and identification; validates actual treatment dosages delivered during each session.
  • Prepares and constructs equipment such as immobilization, treatment and protection devices, including electron blocks. Checks radiation therapy equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Observes the clinical progress of the radiation oncology patient. Uses clinical decision-making skills to recognize and report any signs of complications. Observes and reassures patients during treatment, reports unusual reaction, halts treatment if unexpected adverse reactions occur.
  • Educates, prepares and reassures patients and their families by answering questions, providing physical assistance and reinforcing the physician's advice regarding treatment reactions and post treatment care.
  • Able to prepare the treatment room and equipment and positions patients for treatment in a timely manner with accuracy according to prescription without direct supervision.
  • Able to acquire proper imaging as directed by the physician (port films and conebeam CT (CBCT/IGRT)).
  • Requires basic computer and keyboarding skills. Enters data into computer and sets controls to operate, adjusts equipment, regulates dosage and enters pertinent paperwork into the Mosaiq chart. Maintains patient medical records, reports and files including radiation dosages, equipment setting and patient reactions. Prepares accurate billing records for procedures.
  • Assists in the preparation of physical and technical aspects of radiation treatment plans.
  • Evaluates, teaches and monitors the clinical and didactic education of radiation therapy and diagnostic students under the established guidelines of the program.
  • Responsible for education and training of new personnel and completing probationary objectives and evaluations.
  • Conducts pertinent QA (weekly chart checks, daily billing, daily machine warm ups, mapchecks, diodes).
  • Assists in policy updates, follows all hospital and departmental policies and procedures, and acts as department safety liaison.
  • Performs patient scheduling for external beam treatment delivery and updates treatment schedules as needed.
  • Attends work on schedule, stays for remainder of shift, and participates in on call rotations.
  • Coordinates with other divisions both in and outside the department (physics, nursing, dosimetry, clerical, and physicians, patient escorts) to ensure clear communication line is established and to coordinate care issues as required.
  • Participates in Brachytherapy and EBRT chart rounds as needed, per department requirements.
  • Audits charts upon treatment completion, based on department specific needs.
  • Purchases supplies related to CT simulation and treatment delivery.

This document represents the major duties, responsibilities, and authorities of this job, and is not intended to be a complete list of all tasks and functions. It should be understood, therefore, that incumbents may be asked to perform job-related duties beyond those explicitly described.

STANDARD REQUIREMENTS:

  • Supports the Mission, Value and Vision of Beaumont Health (BH). Demonstrates personal commitment through active involvement in the performance improvement process.
  • Exhibits excellent customer service skills and behaviors toward internal and external customers and co-workers. Promotes positive public relations with patients/residents, family members, guests, and others.
  • Supports and adheres to all Beaumont Health's customer service, service excellence, and performance standards. Supports and participates with all required compliance standards that may be department specific and/or identified by the organizations including in-service training, acceptable attendance, uniform and dress code.
  • Adheres to HIPAA requirements and maintains confidentiality of all data, including patient/resident, employee and operations information.
  • Supports and participates in a collaborative team-oriented environment - cooperates and works together with all co-workers, plans and completes job duties, uses appropriate communications in sensitive and emotional situations and follows up as appropriate regarding reported complaints, problems and concerns.
  • Supports, cooperates with and demonstrates safe work practices and attitudes, follows safety rules - including universal precautions - reports and prevents/corrects unsafe conditions and behaviors, and participates in organizational and departmental safety programs.
  • Completes all required compliance standards that may be department specific and/or identified by the organization.
  • Maintains current licensure, registration and/or certification, as applicable, at all times.

STANDARD QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

  • Education / Training:
  • At minimum, requires a level of knowledge normally acquired through the completion of an associate or bachelor's degree.
  • Work Experience:
  • Position contingent upon successful completion of a certification in radiation therapy within 90 days of hire.
  • Requires demonstrated knowledge of radiation therapy procedures, treatment plans and delivery, radiation oncology, and radiation protection.
  • Certification, Licensure, Registration:
  • Must be board-eligible with board certification within 90 days of program graduation or 90 days of hire.
  • Certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) for Radiation Therapy. BLS CPR certification required.
  • Other Qualifications:
  • Requires demonstrated proficiency using linear accelerator and CT simulator.
  • Commitment to follow the Radiation Code of Ethics.

Keywords: Beaumont Hospitals, Troy , Radiation Therapist, Other , Troy, Michigan

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