We are seeking a friendly, compassionate, and skilled sonographer who enjoys working collaboratively as part of a team and is passionate about providing excellent care to our patients. As a member of the Pediatric Cardiology Clinic team, the sonographer will contribute professional knowledge and skills in the provision and management of care to pediatric patients. The cardiac sonographer will function both independently and in collaboration with the Pediatric Cardiology staff and under the direction of the provider.
Sonographers with pediatric echo registries are preferred, with the opportunity to cross train and become registered in fetal echocardiography.
Clinical Excellence/Patient Care
- Assess the needs of patients and families undergoing echocardiographic procedures and provide appropriate teaching about procedure.
- Assist the physician with the development of an individual plan of care using a collaborative approach with the patient, family and health care team.
- Promptly complete documentation to assure an accurate legal record of patient’s care.
- Deliver high quality care while demonstrating knowledge and clinical skills of the specialty required in the Pediatric Cardiology Department in accordance with established policies, procedures and standards of care.
- Utilize a holistic approach (considering biopsychosocial, spiritual, educational, safety, and related criteria) appropriate to the age of the patients and families served in the assigned service area.
- Utilize critical thinking in making judgments, and maintain responsibility and accountability for the knowledge of conditions of the patient.
Demonstrate and maintain proficiency in the manual skills and techniques required in the safe performance of the following exams utilizing m-mode, real time, color flow mapping, PW / CW, ped off, and 3D imaging.
- Pediatric transthoracic echocardiography
- Fetal echocardiography
- Congenital Adult Echocardiography
Demonstrate and maintain proficiency in the manual skills and techniques required to operate specialized equipment including, but not limited to the following:
- Ultrasound machines and transducers
- PACs and echo reporting systems
- Patient monitoring systems
Development & Patient Education
- Continue professional development and involvement in professional activities that enhance cardiac sonographer practice by sharing knowledge through networking and research.
- Complete 30 CMEs per 3 years to maintain certification plus any extra CMEs to maintain lab accreditation.
- Optional: Group member of Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography – must attain 10 CMEs/ year
- Assess and choose teaching strategies appropriate to the patient and their families’ age specific needs, culture, gender, readiness to learn and level of comprehension.
- Demonstrate knowledge that patient and workplace safety is a priority by preventing errors, accidents and infections and reporting potential or actual concerns immediately.
- No hospital call required.
- Travel with Pediatric Cardiology staff to outreach clinics twice monthly – remains business hours of 08:00-5:00pm. This travel may increase with needs of the clinic.
Basic UPH Performance Criteria
- Demonstrate the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.
- Demonstrate ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.
- Maintain current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.
- Practice and reflect knowledge of HIPAA, JCAHO, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.
- A graduate of a diploma, associate, or baccalaureate academic program in health science (including, but not limited to, cardiovascular technology, ultrasound, radiologic technology): must meet eligibility requirements to become certified in Adult Echocardiography through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI.)
- Current certification in AE and Pediatric Echocardiography (PE). If not current with PE certification, it must be obtained within 12 months from date of hire or 12 months from the completion of AE certification if not current.
- Prefer one (1) year of hospital or clinic experience with pediatric patient populations.
- Valid driver’s license when driving any vehicle for work-related reasons.
- Must possess and maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification or obtain certification within 3 months from hire date.
- Writes, reads, comprehends and speaks fluent English.
- Multicultural sensitivity.
- Microsoft Office – basic computer skills.
- Customer/patient focused.
- Critical thinking skills using independent judgment in making decisions.
- Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.
- Work may occasionally require travel to other UPH facilities. May drive a UPH vehicle, rental or own vehicle.
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