This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more This position is located in SCI Rehabilitation service, James J. Peters VA Medical Center, a complexity Level 1b facility as defined by the 2017 VHA Facility Complexity Report. The SCI/D Physical Therapist at this level is a licensed professional who is independent and is responsible for providing comprehensive physical therapy services for patients with a broad variety of disabilities while demonstrating knowledge of current professional physical therapy practices and skills. The incumbent serves as a Diagnostic Radiology Technologist for Imaging Service at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. In this position the incumbent will perform routine to moderately complex radiographic examination procedures used for medical diagnosis. Performs all routine and complex radiographic procedures. These exams are achieved using diagnostic digital X-Ray equipment such as: DR Radiographic, DR Fluoroscopic, and DR Chest Radiographic units. - Operates equipment for the purpose of providing radiographic examinations for the diagnosis and treatment of patients. - These examinations are performed with or without enteric contrast material. - Coverage is provided 24 hours, 7 days a week. The incumbent is expected to provide various tour coverage including weekends and holidays. - Receives and interprets request, or instructions for procedures. - Prepares contrast materials under the direction of the radiologist for the purpose of performing exams of the upper and lower GI tract. - Identifies the patient and the image. Uses right and left markers. This is essential so that mistaken identity does not occur. The technician must be certain that the patient ID band and the request are identical. - Obtains the confidence and cooperation of patients during procedures - Responsible to explain exams to competent patients so that the patient understands what is to be done. - Performs radiographic exams at the bedside and in the operating rooms providing diagnostic x- rays to the surgeons and professional staff on patients that are unable to be x-rayed in the Radiology Service due to incapacity or surgical procedures upon request, operates the digital fluoro unit in the Operating Room. - Practices radiation safety in order to reduce exposure to patient, staff and self. This is achieved by the use of lead aprons, lead gloves, lead shields, lead-lined walls and collimation. The technicians, to assure compliance with radiation regulations, wear film badges. The incumbent must also be aware of and practice the safety policies/procedures of the medical center and participate in quality assurance activities as directed. - Edits and when necessary registers patients in the computerized Radiology Information System (RIS) as well as the work list management portion of the HIS-RIS interface. Understands the principals of the use of CR and PACS. Uses these electronic methods to complete procedures, assign accurate patient information to studies then electronically send images for interpretation. Incumbent must attain and maintain BCLS (basic cardiac life support) certification from accredited society as per local policy. - Incumbent must possess knowledge of sterile technique which includes medical asepsis and surgical asepsis. - (As on June 26, 2014 any DRT hired and performing CT exams must have an advance CT AART certificate). - Incumbent must be able to perform a variety of routine and complex CT (Computerized Tomography) exams including routine, vascular (cardiac and non-cardiac), musculoskeletal and neuroradiologic. - Incumbent must be familiar with the loading, programming and use of automated power injectors. - Incumbent must be familiar with identifying and initiating treatment for extravasation of IV contrast. - Incumbent must be familiar with the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction to intravenous iodinated contrast and immediately inform medical staff in the area including nurse and/or physician, and if necessary, activate emergency code and initiate CPR. - Incumbent must have competency to perform two additional special procedures other than CT (special/interventional procedures, bone densitometry). - Incumbent spends roughly 50% of time performing general radiology, 25% of time performing CT exams, and 25% of time in other (bone densitometry, special/interventional procedures). Work Schedule: Wednesday-Sunday 3:30PM-12AM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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