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Nuclear Med Tech

General Summary and Job Overview:
Under general supervision and following established protocols and procedures, handles and administers radiopharmaceuticals and operates radiation detection and imaging equipment.
Performs in accordance with the facility's policies and procedures. Follows the facility's standards for ethical business conduct.
Conducts self as a positive role model and team member.
Participates in facility committees, meetings, in-services, and activities.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Operates imaging and radiation detection equipment to obtain diagnostic images and information. In doing so, ensures that the patient is properly prepared including positioning and immobilization when necessary and appropriate. Selects proper imaging and data collection and processing techniques according to established protocols.
Maintains, records, prepares and administers radiopharmaceuticals according to established department guidelines and protocols.
Disposes of radioactive waste and contamination in a safe and effective manner while limiting exposure to such products.
Knowledgeable about illnesses related to the patient population and the types of care being provided to them in order to provide the appropriate images and patient information for the interpreting Radiologist and/or Cardiologist.
Explains the exam to the patient taking into consideration the physical and emotional needs of the patient while maintaining ethical standards, including but not limited to, patient confidentiality, professional conduct and patients physical privacy.
Maintains a clean work area, prepares the equipment, patient room, and stocks supplies. In a timely fashion informs appropriate personnel when orders need to be placed.
Participate in quality assurance and quality improvement projects as well as utilizing appropriate cost containment measures.
Calibrates and verifies operation of all equipment to be used during the work day. Notifies appropriate personnel of equipment malfunctions and repairs as needed.
Remain flexible in all shift coverage and overtime situations as they become necessary.
Use independent judgment and initiative under pressure in a variety of situations when performing patient procedures
Utilizes aseptic sterile technique as necessary for any invasive procedures. Able to assist the Radiologist or Cardiologist during any such procedures. Maintains all supplies needed for these procedures in a clean and organized manner.
To maintain effective working relations and communication with departmental and other Hawthorn Medical personnel as well as various community interactions as appropriate to the position.
Execute paperwork as necessary for each patient exam, including but not limited to the Radiology Information Management System (RIMS), CPT codes and checking all Physician order sheets prior to the patient exam.
Remain current on developments and trends in nuclear imaging techniques, procedures, and equipment by reading manuals and technical journals. Participate in educational programs, maintain CEU's that meet State and National guidelines. Attend staff meetings and in service education programs.
May be called upon to oversee and instruct various personnel and students as assigned and deemed necessary by the Imaging Supervisor.
Perform all other duties as directed.
Qualifications:
Must have graduated from an approved school of Nuclear Medicine Technology.
Possess a valid permanent Massachusetts license as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist.
Registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT-N) or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB).
CPR/IV Certification
Skills and Abilities Required:
Must have interpersonal skills sufficient to interact effectively with patients who may be under physical and/or emotional stress.
Must possess analytical abilities necessary to acquire and effectively utilize knowledge of radiation detection, imaging and computer processing techniques, anatomy and physiology, and medical terminology.
Presents a positive attitude and a professional appearance in compliance with the dress code policy.
Must be aware of hazards within the department and adhere to safety standards as stated by OSHA and other regulatory agencies such as but not limited to ionizing radiation, nuclear reactor by-product material and universal precautions.
Must posses the knowledge and ability to implement a patient code, report and respond to a fire or other emergency event on the premises
Working Conditions:
Must be aware of hazards within the department and adhere to safety standards as stated by OSHA and other regulatory agencies such as but not limited to ionizing radiation, nuclear reactor by-product material and universal precautions.
Must posses the knowledge and ability to implement a patient code, report and respond to a fire or other emergency event on the premises.
While performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently required to walk; stand; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear.
The employee is occasionally required to sit.
May be exposed to various patient conditions including infectious diseases, blood, and bodily fluids.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



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