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Cardiac Sonographer Atrium Health Cabarrus FT

$ Sign-On Bonus Eligible
Concord, NC, United States
Job ID: 106154
Job Family: Radiology Services
Status: Full Time
Shift: Variable
Job Type: Regular
Department Name: 11141004832062-Echocardiography

Overview

FLSA Status:         Nonexempt

Original Date:       October 2022

Last Revision:       July 2023

This position is Sign-on Bonus eligible. In addition to the sign-on bonus, new teammates at Atrium Health are eligible for robust benefits packages, paid time off, and opportunities for career advancement. 

JOB SUMMARY:  Performs quality Cardiac related ultrasound scans, provides observation summaries of scans, and assists radiologists and staff physicians with invasive procedures.  Assists with patient scheduling, clerical and image processing function, and participates in the ultrasound call plan.  Utilizes advanced clinical and process knowledge to provide guidance and support to sonographers as requested. Performs all types of cardiac ultrasound studies including, but not limited to,  2D, Doppler, stress, 3D, adult congenital, RAMPS, TAVRS, impellas, right heart biopsies, pericardiocentesis, and strain.

 

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Graduate of an American Medical Association approved School of Radiologic Technology, AMA approved ultrasound course, or CMA accredited program in Diagnostic ultrasound (Treated as a 2-year Program). Associates degree preferred.  Seven years of Sonography experience with patients required.  Completion of a cardiac ultrasound training program required. Proficiency in basic echo, stress echo, TEE and 3D or advanced procedures required. 

 

LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION, and/or REGISTRATION: 

  • Valid Sonography credential registration (ARRT(S), RDMS, RDCS) through American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and/or American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS), or RCS through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) Required. 
  • Completion of CPR Course – BLS Certification Required.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Actively participates with patient testing, performing routine, non-routine, urgent, and emergent patient requests as described in the Cardiac Sonographer Level I, II, and III job description.
  • Performs advanced cardiac ultrasound services and procedures to patients utilizing independent judgment, with real-time and off-line manipulation of echocardiographic images for capture, display and analysis of echocardiography data (3D, Strain, etc.).
  • Acquires quality information while performing echocardiograms and follows established protocols.
  • Accepts charge and preceptor responsibilities upon request.
  • Assists the physician with Echocardiography guided studies to aid them in proceeding with complex procedures to decrease potential associated procedural risks (Pericardiocentesis, Right Heart Biopsies, RAMPS, Impella placement, TAVRs).
  • Acts as a resource and assists Cardiac Sonographers and Cardiology Fellows with pre/post procedures, preliminary review of images obtained and report.
  • Acts as a preceptor by on-boarding Cardiac Sonographers with departmental orientation, in-service and education.
  • Assist in establishing and maintaining department objectives and goals by functioning as a site Charge Sonographer.
  • Support and recommend quality assurance initiatives and is point person for IAC accreditation.
  • Performs advanced cardiac ultrasound services and procedures to patients such as adult congenital, myocardial mechanics, 3D imaging and stress utilizing independent judgment.

 

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:

Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with physicians, staff, and other Medical Center personnel regarding patient care

Ability to communicate with patients of varying age groups

Ability to teach and provide instruction and assess quality of other sonographers’ work

Strong organizational skills

Ability to maintain a positive, effective working relationship with staff and leadership

Ability to work in a stressful environment and maintain self-control

Ability to use sound judgment in decision-making

Ability to multitask and prioritize

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Possible exposure to infectious and contagious diseases

Potential exposure to risk of blood borne diseases

Occasional exposure to unpleasant patient or unit elements

Contact with patients under a wide variety of circumstances

Subject to varying and unpredictable situations

Exposure to housekeeping/cleaning agents and chemicals

Pressure due to multiple calls and inquires

Subject to many interruptions

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

0% 35% 65%    
to to to    
35% 65% 100% N/A Activity
X       Standing
  X     Walking
    X   Sitting
  X     Bending
    X   Reaching with arms
    X   Finger and hand dexterity
    X   Talking
    X   Hearing
    X   Seeing
        Lifting, carrying, pushing and or pulling:
  X     20 lbs. maximum
X       50 lbs. maximum
X       100 lbs. maximum

 

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