As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW's School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. HMC Nuclear Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a full time day shift DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHER SPECIALIST. The person in this role reports to the Imaging Supervisor and receives general direction from the Sonographer Lead, performs and analyzes comprehensive diagnostic ultrasound examinations on patients referred for diagnosis. Exercises independent judgment to tailor examinations for acquisition of accurate anatomic and pathophysiologic data relative to patient's clinical presentation. Standards of Daily Practice
Performs Doppler and spectral analysis of solid organs and transplants in clinical areas such as high risk obstetrics and gynecology, liver, kidney, and pancreas transplants, shunt evaluations, and premature neonates. Perform and analyze comprehensive fetal cardiac hysterosonograms and examinations in high risk obstetrical, liver, kidney, and transplants as well as specialty care clinics, the trauma center, and/or recovery room. .
Perform clinical and research non-invasive diagnostic ultrasound examinations including sonography'; monitor patient vital signs and condition during examination; perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if necessary.
Ability to operate the following equipment/systems: PACS, Ultrasound workstations, the Hospital Information System, and the Radiology Information System. Able to print and retrieve images. Can implement down time procedures as needed.
Review patient medical records and physician referral diagnosis.
Prepare patient for examination; explain testing procedures; perform physical examination (auscultation, assess physical presentation, and history); select and perform appropriate procedure (s), examination as necessary to provide accurate representation of patient's anatomy and pathophysiology as determined during the ongoing examination.
Perform or assist with ultrasound procedures in such areas as the operating room, angiography, catheterization or special procedure suite, using appropriate sterile technique, in conjunction with invasive patient procedures; apply ultrasound instrument to surgically exposed surface of internal organ, under physician direction, for intraoperative examination.
Provide needle guidance direction to physician during tissue biopsy, cyst aspiration, thoracentesis, amniocentesis, pericardiocentesis, or other surgical procedures.
Perform calculation of recorded examination data, using complex mathematical formulae to determine patient physiologic parameters such as blood flow velocity, volume indices and embryo/fetal development or gestational age.
Determine provisional working diagnosis; analyze examination data to define accurate representation of patient anatomy and hemodynamics; generate examination findings.
Participate with attending physician in diagnosis interpretation sessions; assist physician in the evaluation of patient examination data.
Maintain adequate computer and/or written records using the Radiology Information System.
Provide instruction in the theory, techniques, applications, and analysis of diagnostic ultrasound procedures to physicians, post-doctoral fellow, residents, and student interns.
Assist with ultrasound suite maintenance which may include requesting supplies, maintaining patient records, assessing daily operational status of equipment.
Update continuing education, teaching and research materials.
Assist with evaluation of new and prototype diagnostic ultrasound and related physiological testing equipment; maintain confidentiality of proprietary information.
This position is involved with patients included in the following age groups: Infant (0-1 year), Toddler (1-4 years), Pre-teen to teen (10-16 years), Child (5-9 years), Adult (15-65 years), Geriatric (65 years and above).
May be required to work on-call.Professional Accountability
Demonstrates awareness of and functions within Radiology policies, procedures and guidelines.
Seeks consultation when patient care needs exceed own level of experience.
Demonstrates awareness of and functions within safety, infection control, emergency and equipment guidelines.
Meets attendance standards and consistently completes timesheet requirements.
Ensures all relevant credentials are current.
Ensures mandatory certification competencies are completed within initial timeframe.
Consistently wears identification badge as per hospital policy.
Responsible for remaining current with information disseminated through email, voice mail, memos and posted notices.Advocacy and Humanistic Care
Treats all patients with respect and dignity.
Provides the appropriate education to patient and their families prior to and post Radiology procedure.
Exercises responsible judgment in recognizing and reporting significant situations relating to patient care.
Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of patient privacy rights, and is familiar with all relevant HIPAA standards.
Maintains confidentiality of all medical, financial, or other sensitive materials and information in printed, electronic or verbal form, which may jeopardize the privacy of patients. Accesses and uses the minimum necessary patient identifiable information to perform job responsibilities and duties and only for authorized purposes.Communication and Team Building
Proven interpersonal and communication skills required to promote positive relationships with patients, visitors, radiologists, and other medical center personnel.
Forms productive working relationships with co-workers. Communicates clearly, directly, and on a timely basis.
Welcomes direction, asks for assistance when needed, treats staff with respect and dignity.
Maintains a professional manner at work.Safety/Response to Emergencies
Understands and complies with all safety, fire, disaster, evacuation, and chemical safety procedure: review's departmental policy and procedure manual annually.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.