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RADIATION THERAPIST I - RADIATION ONCOLOGY

Department:  Allied Health
Status:  Full Time
Shift:  1st

Job Summary:

 

  • Under the direction of the Radiation Oncology Manager, the Radiation Therapist and Lead Radiation Therapist for the Radiation Oncology Department in the Hoag Family Cancer Institute of Hoag Hospital organization perform localizing tumors, participate in treatment planning, and deliver high doses of ionizing radiation treatment to patients in accordance with prescription and instructions from Radiation Oncologists.
  • The Per Diem Radiation Therapist display and practice a work style that reflects the mission, vision, and values of the Department as well as the Organization.
  • Participate in the continuous quality improvement process.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of departmental standard operating procedures, including the use of specialized instrumentation, Quality Control requirements, and preventive maintenance.

 

Job Specific Essential Functions:

 

Treatment Delivery

  • Reviews daily treatment records prior to treatment.
  • Assesses daily the patient’s need for information and reassurance.
  • Verifies the accuracy of the patient setup prior to treatment delivery.
  • Verifies treatment console readouts and settings prior to initiating treatment (Timeout) and upon termination treatment.
  • Ensures that only the patient is in the treatment room prior to initiating treatment.
  • Evaluates the patient daily for any untoward effects, reactions, and therapeutic responses.
  • Knowledgeable of patient self-care techniques for management of radiation side effects.
  • Monitors patients in treatment vault using CCTV and voice-activated intercom.

 

Imaging:

  • Follows imaging protocols.
  • Label and associate CT image guidance and electronic port films appropriately.
  • Takes treatment portal and localization CT simulation images of optimal quality.
  • Reviews portal films and initiates change as necessary.
  • Adjusts imaging techniques for optimal viewing results.

 

Radiation Safety:

  • Adheres to radiation safety rules and standards at all times.
  • Monitors patient in treatment vault using CCTV and voice-activated intercom
  • Observes the environment for any potential radiation hazards.
  • Wears radiation film badge at all times in the treatment area.
  • Minimizes patient exposure during CT imaging procedures.

 

Teaching and Patient Education:

  • Provides information on radiation therapy procedures to the patient, significant others, and health care providers.
  • Verifies that signed consent has been obtained.
  • Provides information and instruction on proper skincare, diet and self-care procedures as needed.
  • Shares knowledge and expertise with colleagues, peers, students, and all members of the health care team.
  • Orients visitors as assigned.

 

Simulation:

  • Assesses the patient’s risk for allergic reaction to contrast material prior to administration for simulation.
  • Participates in decisions about appropriate CT/Simulation protocols.
  • Performs localization of tumor volume under the direction of the physician.
  • Selects appropriate immobilization and positioning aids for CT/Simulation.

 

Block Fabrication:

  • Follows mould room safety including wearing gloves, safety glasses and hand washing.
  • Cleans mold room of cerrobend dust on counters, changing tacky mat, vacuum with Hepa filtered vacuum cleaner.
  • Uses safe techniques for a power drill and other hand tools
  • Follow good technique in block fabrication
  • Ensures quality of block fabricated
  • Disposes of hazardous materials such as cerrobend following established guidelines.

 

Quality Assurance:

  • Confirms the electronic chart prescription with the treatment plan’s datasheets from Mosaiq.
  • Checks treatment plan data transferred onto treatment field parameters defined in Mosaiq.
  • Confirms that site doses are carried for prescribed critical structures.
  • Reviews patient treatment records and doses using Mosaiq daily to ensure that treatment does not exceed the prescribed dose or normal tissue tolerance.
  • Verifies treatment plan and prescription.
  • Reports deviations from the standard or planned treatment to appropriate persons.
  • Notifies appropriate health providers when the immediate clinical response is necessary based on procedural findings and patient condition.
  • Maintains electronic documentation of quality assurance activities (chart rounds), procedures, and results in accordance with established guidelines.

 

Treatment Area Coordination:

  • Stocks treatment room supplies and linen
  • Assists physician in specialized procedures as needed.
  • Contact physician when necessary to determine patient’s condition/status.
  • Determines the course of action for an emergency or problem situation.

 

Clinical Care:

  • Ensure that quality patient care is delivered to all patients, and the unit is maintained in accordance with professional and regulatory standards and the philosophy and goals of Hoag.

 

Per Diem Radiation Therapist:

  • Duties include but are not limited to:
    • Must be able to provide guidance to students
    • Takes initiative to assist other machines as needed without being asked
    • Ability to cover both sites-Irvine and Newport
    • Must be able to operate all machines as needed
    • Must be able to accommodate daily needs of coverage

 

Job Qualifications Required:

 

  • Excellent communication skills; customer focused; excellent attention to detail; able to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines; strong interpersonal skills; able to work in a team environment.
  • Proven excellent customer services skills, including the ability to progressively probe, analyze, identify root causes of problems, provide practical solutions, and negotiate resolutions Proficient in CT simulation techniques
  • Computer skill required: proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and Radiation Oncology EMR (Mosaiq).

 

License and Certifications:

 

  • Licensed by the California Department of Health Services as a Radiologic Technologist (Therapeutic). Licensed by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist in Radiation Therapy or equivalent as recognized by the ARRT.


Nearest Major Market: Orange County
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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