Perform daily clinical operations of Echocardiography including performing Echocardiograms, entering preliminary interpretation, covering all sites and shifts including call coverage.
Level I * Demonstrates proficiency by performing routine and emergency echocardiograms, including but not limited to 2 - dimensional, 3 - dimensional, Doppler, Transesophageal, and Stress Echocardiogram, as requested by physician and in accordance with standard practices. * Provides echocardiography service at all necessary locations, working variable shifts, weekends, and providing emergent call coverage as scheduled. * Operate equipment necessary to perform all required procedures and to obtain optimal diagnostic recording; utilize ancillary devices such as selected transducers, digital networking system, off - line analysis systems. * Maintain equipment in working order, making minor adjustments and repairs. * Perform routine cleaning, preventive maintenance, and report any equipment malfunction to echo lab manager. * Analyze patient's medical record to obtain history of symptoms and necessary information for performance of diagnostic procedures. * Prepares preliminary reports for review and interpretation by Cardiologist, including comparison of previous studies. * Participate in quality improvement activities; evaluate procedure results for technical quality and accuracy; maintain appropriate logs, files, and records. * Review department performance in relation to established goals, implementing changes to effect outcomes. * Maintain confidentiality of patients, employees and corporation - related activities. * Instruct students, fellows, nurses, or health personnel as requested. * Communicates technical and patient care related information according to established processes and timelines. * Attends Echo Lab Meetings, participates in Echo related conferences through attendance, ensuring continuing education and professional growth. * Cultivates a collaborative and cooperative work environment within department. Level II * Actively participates with patient testing, performing routine, non - routine, urgent, and emergent patient requests as described in the Cardiac Sonographer Level 1 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. * Assists the physician with Echocardiography guided studies to aid them in proceeding with complex procedures to decrease potential associated procedural risks. * 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. Level III * Clinical Focus Performs advanced cardiac ultrasound services and procedures to patients such as congenital, myocardial mechanics, 3D imaging and stress utilizing independent judgment. * Functions as an expert resource, to instruct other cardiac sonographers with in - services and education regarding performance and preliminary interpretation of these procedures. * Performs quality assurance to ensure that all the necessary echocardiography data are obtained for the patient on the basis of clinical history and presentation. * Formulating and ensuring consistent implementation of exam protocols. * Provides in - service education and case reviews for staff cardiac sonographers in collaboration with the Echocardiography Technical Manager concerning new methods and techniques that are to be incorporated into the echocardiography exam. * Maintains up to date all laboratory policies and procedures. * Collaborates with Technical Manager and Medical Director for review annually, or as necessary for revision of all clinical policies and procedures specific to Echocardiography. * Ensures all ICAEL requirements are met and maintained. * Staff information, CMEs, policies and procedures, protocols, etc. are updated annually to meet ICAEL requirements. * Staff is updated on all ICAEL changes. * Organizes and prepares ICAEL application to maintain an accredited status. * Education Focus Participates as a Lead Clinical Instructor in the Echocardiography Department. * Participates in clinical education for students, residents and/or fellows specifically related to physics and image acquisition. * Provides technical assistance in research studies on new echocardiography techniques and technology initiated by Duke, other hospitals and vendors through attending meetings and learning new techniques on acquiring images. * Assists Echocardiography Technical Manager with quality measures and outcome data to ensure a high level echocardiography lab. Clinical Lead Focus * Supervisory Responsibility - Yes * Support for the Echocardiography service when the manager is unavailable. * The Clinical Lead is responsible for supervising, directing, coaching, and mentoring their assigned core group of staff. * Evaluates staff, provides feedback, documents and directly monitors quality performance at each site. * Directs orientation, provides guidance, and constructively influences staff morale. * Instruct and educate visiting students, technologists and physicians about our procedures, computers and departmental functions. * Provides Echo technical direction/functional advice and direct supervision to staff. * Interacts and communicates with physicians, support staff, and other health care professionals to facilitate departmental operations * Monitors the status of equipment repairs and preventative maintenance, gathers data on equipment malfunction and associated down time, and documents the effects on patient care. * Assures compliance with department and institutional policies, procedures, and regulations. * Assist with site specific personnel functions including hiring, annual evaluations, development &; implementation of existing departmental policies. * Coordinate staff scheduling, and maintain payroll time reports. * Communicates information to staff in support management decisions. * Assist the Technical Manager in evaluation and selection of capital equipment. * Enhance professional growth and development of department staff through leadership participation in educational programs, current literature, in - service meetings and workshops. * Maintain working knowledge of resources available to the department and employees in developing work skills, employee benefits, continuing education and assuring that hospital requirements are met. 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Level I and II Completion of a two - year Allied Health degree and successful completion of a 12 - month CAAHEP approved School of Ultrasound Te