Nuclear Medicine Technologist

New Haven, CT
Dec 15, 2020

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Job Description

Overview

To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values - integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.

Under the supervision of the Nuclear Medicine Manager and/or Assistant Chief Technologist, performs a wide variety of technical and professional duties utilizing complex imaging equipment to produce quality images as requested for subsequent interpretation by the nuclear physician. All duties are performed according to departmental and organizational policies and procedures. Promotes service excellence in all interactions as outlined in the Key Behaviors in the YNHH Core Success Factors.

EEO/AA/Disability/Veteran

Responsibilities

  • 1. Performs high quality dynamic, static, and gated SPECT and PET imaging procedures utilizing appropriate age specific standards to obtain the desired diagnostic patient information for the referring physician.
    • 1.1 Performs the daily operation of a variety of SPECT and PET/CT cameras and computers in accordance with prescribed departmental procedures to produce images of high diagnostic quality as observed by the nuclear physician or supervisor.
  • 2. Performs various radiopharmacy duties including receipt, preparation, administration and storage of radionuclides and radiopharmaceuticals to ensure safety and integrity of the agents used. Properly recording all duties according to departmental policy.
    • 2.1 Obtains radionuclides by eluting generator systems or from bulk shipments maintaining sterilen technique and shielding. All radioactive materials received are checked for leakage and activity according to departmental procedure as observed by supervisor or radiation safety officer.
  • 3. Performs Quality Control procedures according to departmental protocol to obtain the desired result or information needed.
    • 3.1 Technologist demonstrates knowledge of all departmental QC procedures for general and PET nuclear medicine.
  • 4. Performs quality control procedures to ensure optimal performance of gamma cameras, computers and other related auxiliary equipment (dose calibrators, well counters, etc.)
    • 4.1 Performs daily, weekly, and monthly quality control on all instrumentation including uniformity checks, linearity, center of rotation and other indicated tests according to departmental procedure to ensure all equipment is in proper working order as observed by supervisor or peers.
  • 5. Practices safe handling of radioactive materials according to departmental and federal regulations to ensure minimal radiation exposure to self and others.
    • 5.1 Follows ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) guidelines for radiation exposure including use of syringe shields and lead carrying cases as observed by supervisor and peers and as evidenced by monthly film badge reports.
  • 6. Performs job-related tasks in a timely manner as needed to ensure the goals of the department are met.
    • 6.1 Schedules patients for procedures in Imagecast and tracks assigned patients' arrival and completion status as observed by supervisor.
  • 7. Demonstrates commitment to coworkers, department and hospital through general standards of professional conduct to facilitate the efficient and smooth operation of the department.
    • 7.1 Employee recognizes and performs duties which need to be done such as offering assistance to others when own assignments are completed or checking with supervisor for an assignment as observed by supervisor.
  • 8. To enhance the patient experience in Diagnostic radiology all staff will be responsible to achieve patient satisfaction scores set by the department on the Test & Treatment section of our Press Ganey Survey.
    • 8.1 1. Staff will present themselves in a friendly and courteous manner; Staff will identify themselves and their role while encouraging a Patient and Family Center experience. 1.2 Staff will fully explain procedure and ask if the patient has any additional questions about the procedure. 1.3 Staff will address any comfort issues a patient may have prior to starting procedure. 1.4 Staff will thank patient once procedure is completed and ask the patient if they have any additional questions. 1.5 Staff must meet the above goals and fiscal year threshold value, which was last fiscal year actual for a 2 rating on review. 2. Staff must meet the above goals and exceed fiscal year threshold value by +.2 for a 3 rating on review. 3. Staff must meet the above goals and exceed fiscal year threshold value by +.4 for a 4 rating on review.

Qualifications

EDUCATION


Graduation from an A.M.A. approved program in Nuclear Medicine. AS degree required, BS degree preferred.


EXPERIENCE


Demonstrated technical skills to meet entry level standards of routine Nuclear Medicine imaging ., NMTCB or ARRT (N) certification in Nuclear Medicine Technology required (may not be on any type of probation). CPR Certification perferred.


LICENSURE


ARRT (N) or NMTCB CPR Required


SPECIAL SKILLS


Must have a basic knowledge of radiopharmaceuticals, nuclear medicine equipment and nuclear medicine imaging procedures. Above average knowledge of anatomy, computer/Pacs applications, and good organizational and communication/customer service skills.


PHYSICAL DEMAND


Must be able to lift a minimum of 40 pounds to assist with patient transfers.


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Job Info

Job: 25119

Department: Nuclear Medicine
Category: TECHNOLOGIST/TECH
Sub Category: NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECH
Status: Per Diem Non-Benefits Eligible
Shift: AS NEEDED
Hours: .04

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