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Cardiac Sonographer II

Job ID: R-31605 Job Type: Part time Location: Olathe, Kansas
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Cardiac sonographers provide professional, safe and compassionate ultrasound imaging care to all patient populations. They are uniquely trained in the advanced understanding of ultrasound physics and instrumentation allowing them to optimize the ultrasound controls for the highest quality image acquisition. The sonographer is able to identify and evaluate the appropriate anatomical and physiological consequences consistent with different disease processes. They need to be able to adapt the routine protocol to a wide range of patients and disease-state variability, making each exam individual and unique. The sonographer manages the initiation of critical value notification to expedite optimal patient outcomes.

Responsibilities:

  • Obtains a patient history and perform a pre ultrasound procedure assessment. The sonographer must utilize their professional knowledge to verify that the exam ordered is consistent with the patient history, indication and/or diagnosis and assessment findings.  In the presence of any inconsistencies they clarify the procedure with the ordering physician. They interact and communicate with patients; explaining the procedure, reassuring them and eliciting their cooperation as needed.
  • Performs professional, clinical and technical competencies of assigned location, but not limited to assigned shifts and be readily available when scheduled to perform on-call echocardiographic services as assigned to provide emergent echocardiographic services under the direction of a cardiologist.
  • Demonstrates the ability to identify and evaluate the appropriate anatomical and physiological consequences that would be consistent with disease processes. The sonographer needs to be able to adapt the routine protocol to accommodate a wide range of patients and disease-states, making each exam individual and unique. Any additional enhancements that would provide beneficial information are initiated with the sonographer unless otherwise noted by the ordering physician. 
  • Demonstrates both cognitive and psychomotor skill sets in the area of cardiovascular disease states. These skill sets are necessary to accurately and efficiently obtain the appropriate echocardiographic ultrasound images and hemodynamic information as appropriate.
  • Assumes responsibility for the safety, mental and physical comfort of the patients while they are under their care.  Interacts and communicates with patients, explaining the procedure, reassuring them and eliciting their cooperation as needed.
  • Maintains cleanliness of supplies, stocks linen and empties laundry on a daily basis. The sonographer must demonstrate an understanding of the imaging planes obtained during a TEE exam. Assists the physician in the accurate acquisition of images from the esophagus. At the KU location the sonographer completes appropriate TEE probe cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Organizes the acquired data in the appropriate sequence that will accurately represent the patient’s condition to the interpreting physician. In the presence of critical values the sonographer must display competence in identifying, documenting and communicating this to the interpreting physician. Working closely with the interpreting physician in interpretive sessions, assisting in the evaluation of data and contributing relevant technical information.
  • In accordance with the departmental QI program; the sonographer must provide quality, constructive feedback on peer to peer case study review as assigned; return QI studies to the technical director or their designee in a timely manner.  
  • Assists in maintaining efficient patient flow through the department, working as an active participant with the other members of the team. 
  • Performs routine and complex cardiac ultrasound procedures including echocardiograms, stress echocardiograms including treadmill, Dobutamine echo and bicycle ergonometry.
  • Responsible for completion of mandatory educational assignments as outlined by the departmental director.  
  • Assists with the assessment and maintenance of the equipment log.  Make service calls when needed in a timely manner, resolve the issue, and document in the appropriate log. The sonographer must notify director/manager of issue in a timely manner.
  • Participates in the education and training of sonographer students, residents, medical students and fellows, providing instruction in the area of cardiovascular ultrasound procedures.
  • Assess the need for LVO contrast and bubble studies during echocardiography studies.  Administer and properly document  IVs, LVO contrast, and bubble studies when performed.    

*Must be able to perform the professional, clinical and or technical competencies of the assigned unit or department.

*Note: These statements are intended to describe the essential functions of the job and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities. Skills and duties may vary dependent upon your department or unit. Other duties may be assigned as required.



JOB REQUIREMENTS

Required:

  • High School Diploma
  • Active ARDMS RDCS(AE)/CCI RCS Certifications
  • Current BLS Certification
  • Graduate of Advanced Cardiac Sonography education program accredited by COA-ACS, OR:
  • Graduate of programmatically accredited program in cardiac ultrasound/echocardiography, AND 4 years of cardiac ultrasound clinical experience as a Registered Cardiac Sonographer. Performed a minimum of 4000 echocardiograms , OR:
  • Graduate of a Diploma, Associate, or Baccalaureate academic program in Health Science (including, but not limited to, cardiovascular technology, ultrasound, radiologic technology, respiratory therapy, or nursing), AND 4 years of cardiac ultrasound clinical experience as a Registered Cardiac Sonographer. Performed a minimum of 4000 echocardiograms
  • Maintain CME requirements
  • Driver's License
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Ability to train in area of competency

Preferred:

  • Graduate of a CAAHEP; JRC-DMS program in cardiac ultrasound
  • Training or Certification in IV and LVD contrast administration

We are an equal employment opportunity employer without regard to a person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, ancestry, age (40 or older), disability, veteran status or genetic information.

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