Work Hours: 0700-1730 M-Th, rotating Sat
The Echocardiographer Coordinator assists the Director of Imaging in the day-to-day operation of the Ultrasound Services department and functions as a member of the Diagnostic Imaging team to provide ultrasound exams as directed by radiologists in accordance with established standards and practices.
NATURE AND SCOPE:
The Echocardiographer Coordinator assists the Director of Imaging with the routine scheduling of work, coordination of the daily workload for department staff, orientation and training of new department staff, input for employee evaluations and other administrative responsibilities. The coordinator position may participate in interviews for the hiring of new staff. The Echocardiographer Coordinator also provides direct patient care and ultrasound procedures, for which the individual has received education and clinical experience, under the direction of the Director of Imaging, within the boundaries of local, state and federal regulations.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
1. Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
2. Must possess a high school diploma or GED.
3. Must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited/approved Medical Sonography program.
4. Must be ARDMS or CCI credentialed in Adult, Pediatric or Fetal Echocardiography and ARDMS credentialed in four of the following:
Abdomen, OB-GYN, Breast, RVT or other ARDMS sub-specialty. Must maintain registration with the ARDMS on an annual basis.
5. Must have a minimum of four (4) years of postgraduate clinical experience.
6. Must maintain current compliance with Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements for specialties as required by ARDMS.
7. Demonstrated ability to lift up to 30 pounds without self-injury, as well as ability to walk and stand for prolonged periods, including stooping and sitting.
- Directs the day-to-day workflow of the ultrasound in conjunction with the Director of Imaging and responds to any problems efficiently and competently.
- Contributes to the process of communication by: bringing information, problems and ideas to the Director of Imaging; providing current and complete information to the Imaging staff; and responding promptly to any customer communication needs.
- Assists the Director of Imaging in training of new personnel in the Imaging departments.
- Provides ultrasound images of specified body parts/areas as ordered, following established procedures.
- Maintains quality with no more than two physician complaints per year.
- Prepare patient and adjust equipment as necessary for the performance of ultrasound examination.
- Responsible for assisting in physical examinations including biopsies, localizations and amniocentesis with no more than two substantiated complaints from Radiologist/Physician per year.
- Instructs patient regarding procedures with no more than four failures per year.
- Performs portable examinations with use of ultrasound unit with no more than two physician complaints per year.
- Maintains a pediatric echo program and works with providers to coordinate reasonable coverage for pediatric echo.
- Provides a professional and engaging learning environment for ultrasound students and works with peers to promote participating in training students that rotate through the ultrasound department.
- Prepares studies for interpretation by the Radiologist.
- Prepares and maintains departmental records and reports.
- Maintains and follows departmental policies concerning equipment safety with no failures during the rating period.
- Performs equipment cleaning and equipment maintenance duties as needed. Keeps equipment presets and backup discs current.
- Uses proper body mechanics and follows established procedures to prevent on-the job injury. Demonstrates ability to lift up to 30 pounds without injury.
- Takes “on-call” duty as directed by the Director of Imaging.
- Shall work holiday hours as directed by the Director of Imaging.
- Performs other work related duties as assigned.
- Maintains BLS Certification.
- Maintains/stocks supplies intended for routine and interventional procedures.
- Performs clinical assessment, analyzes sonograms, synthesizes information and medical history and communicates findings to the appropriate physician.
- Assumes responsibility for the safety, mental and physical comfort of patients while they are in the sonographer’s care.
- Participates in the maintenance of department accreditation.