Job ID: 165437
Category: Radiation Therapy/Radiation Oncology
Work Type: FT
Location: Philadelphia, PA, United States
Date Posted: Dec 19, 2022
DescriptionPenn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.
Under the direction of the Radiation Therapy Supervisor or Lead therapist, the radiation therapy technician works with the clinical physicists, dosimetrist and other therapists as part of a treatment team. Staff therapists are proficient in many departmental functions, primarily the accurate and safe delivery of daily radiation treatments. The proficiency is achieved by various rotations on all treatment units, plus on adequate exposure to CT simulation.
Patient Care and Education: Checks photo in treatment chart to help identify patients with same names and asks further information as required to assure correct patient is being treated. Explains procedures thoroughly to patient and reinforces physician’s advice to patient regarding reaction to treatments and their care. Transfer patient safely to treatment couch giving special care to catheters, IV’s, etc. Provides for patients physical needs during stay in the department to ensure continued support and maintenance of radiation safety measure. Provides emotional support and general information to patient when appropriate, following departmental guidelines for confidentiality. Contacts nursing staff and/or social worker when deemed necessary.
Procedure Preparation/Patient Preparation: Prepares room and equipment for patient according to prescription and special instructions regarding immobilization devices, field size, treatment distance, shielding, etc. Ensures room is sufficiently stocked with supplies at the end of the day to minimize delays during peak treatment hours. Reports to appropriate personnel when supplies are low.
Procedure Execution: Ensures proper and current forms are reviewed and signed by patient and physician. Aides in patient undressing, assuring that appropriate area is covered with patient gown. Attaches restraining, protective diagnostic and/or monitoring devices properly to the patient prior to treatment. Positions patients according to instructions, using devices needed to ensure accurate delivery of treatment. Checks and initials therapy chart for prescription with staff MD’s signature, PPMC ID number and signed consent form. Checks therapy chart for supervisor and physics initials, not to exceed three treatments without these being present. Performs simulation procedures following techniques and guidelines used in our department. Follows departmental procedure for monitoring patient’s dosimetry for TLD’s. Follows departmental policy for treating TBI patients.
AART or Board Eligible Required at time of hire.
Education or Equivalent Experience:
Certificate of Completion from Approved Radiation Therapy Technology Program Required.
We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.