Radiology Tech Assistant

Summary:
Under the general supervision of Lead Technologist and in accordance with established policies and procedures transports patients requiring radiographic procedures works directly with imaging technologist and radiologists to facilitate and help assure high-quality imaging services to patients. Exercises critical thinking within the understanding and context of a formalized training program to prioritize workload and patient management situations. Works closely with Diagnostic Imaging Technologists and Section Coordinator to make recommendations that will improve operational efficiencies. 

Responsibilities:
Identifies and assists patient prior to procedure. Answers questions about the procedure addresses immediate patient needs and prepares patient for the procedure. Lifts positions and if necessary secures patient positioning as requested by department protocols.
Prepares room equipment and needed supplies for diagnostic imaging procedure. Positions special kits or trays to facilitate procedure. Prepares contrast within the limits of formal training and in accordance with written department procedures.
Assists Technologist and/ or radiologist during the procedure as needed and works with equipment and related devices within the scope of formal training and understanding to complete the examination.
Helps manage patients during the procedure while observing radiation safety rules. Remains in the room during fluoro and minor interventional procedures to give the Radiologist supplies when requested. Packages specimen for the labs and makes sure lab slips are stamped properly while checking the name on the patient�s wrist band. Cleans the room and equipment upon completion of the exam.
Makes sure all images have correct patient identification and works with equipment as instructed to produce final images. Processes film using automatic film developers or designated PACS equipment. Enters specific sets of data into the PACS and CR systems. Prepares file jacket as required for interpretation as needed.
As instructed transports patients to and form the department for imaging procedures. Secures approval of unit supervisor or representative to transport patient to Radiology. Works with department and nursing floor personnel to help assure an efficient process is in place with respect to identifying preparing and transporting patients. Observes safety and/or isolation precautions per hospital guidelines when assisting infectious patients.
Works with patient support devices such as Oxygen monitoring systems immobilization devices etc as needed to the extent of formal training and understanding and in a manner that supports department and hospital patient care policies and procedures.
Works with medical documents and information in a manner that supports department and hospital patient care policies and procedures. Reviews and researches pertinent medical information in chart and various other departmental forms and documents as needed. Observes patient privacy policies and procedures.
Understands and practices ALARA principles of Radiation Protection including the use and exchange of personal dosimeters.
Assists patients with bedpans and urinals as needed. Transports patients as needed.

Other information:
BASIC KNOWLEDGE:
High School diploma or equivalency required. 
Must have successfully completed a Tech Assistant training program or have previous experience as a Tech Assistant. 
Basic Life Support Certification is required.
Must have numerical and analytical skills to prepare contrast media and to follow procedures that require quantitative symbols.
Manual dexterity to operate all equipment that is needed to perform the activities that are within the scope of responsibilities.
Understand the relevant parameters regarding Radiation Safety and the department�s ALARA program.
Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to patients throughout the life with consideration of aging processes human development stages and cultural patterns in each step of the care process. 
Must have demonstrated age specific competencies.
Ability to read write and verbally communicate effectively in English and to perform basic arithmetic computations.
Must be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills while working with patients physicians and family members that will help assure optimal care is being provided. 
Interpersonal skills to exchange information and support satisfactory outcomes.
EXPERIENCE:
Three months previous clinical experience required plus completion of the radiology tech assistant training curriculum.
WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Some exposure to ionizing radiation and contagious disease while assisting technologists or holding patients. Hazards are minimized with adherence to specific safety precautions and procedures. Position requires regular exposure to patients including assistance to acutely ill patients.
Considerable standing walking lifting carrying and handling of imaging equipment. May handle flammable or control substances requiring care and alertness to safely store inventory supplies.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: None

Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status.   Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

 Location: Rhode Island Hospital USA:RI:Providence

 Work Type: Part Time

 Shift: 4

 Union: IBT

Work Schedule:  Nights rotating wknds holiday obligations.