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PRN Radiation Therapy Tech - Cherry Hill

Job ID: 201443
Category: Radiology/Imaging
Work Type: PER DIEM
Location: Cherry Hill, NJ, United States
Work Schedule: Shift 1

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Description

Penn 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.

Today at Penn Medicine, someone will make a breakthrough. Someone will heal a heart, deliver hopeful news, and give comfort and reassurance. Our employees shape our future each day. Are you living your life's work?

Penn Medicine has an excellent opportunity for a Radiation Therapist to join the team in Cherry Hill, NJ as a day shift PRN. In this key role, you will directly impact patients with your clinical expertise and focus on safety, as well as your warm and caring approach. Under the direction of the Radiation Manager Supervisor or Therapy Lead, you will collaborate 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. Proficiency is achieved by various rotations on all treatment units, plus adequate exposure to CT simulation.

Schedule: Day Shift PRN


Accountabilities

Patient Care and Education:

· Explains radiation procedures thoroughly to the patient and reinforces physician directives regarding reaction to treatments and care

· Provides for patients' physical needs during their stay in the department to ensure continued support and maintenance of radiation safety measures

· Provides emotional support and general information to patients when appropriate

· Visualizes and evaluates the condition of the treatment area to determine if special precautions are required, reporting alarm conditions, e.g., moist desquamation, skin breakdown, sore throat, etc.

· Observes patients' mental health status and attitude for any changes and reports as appropriate


Procedure Preparation/Patient Preparation:

 

· Prepares room and equipment for patient treatment 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

Procedure Execution:

· Ensures proper and current forms are reviewed and signed by patient and physician

· 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 therapy chart for physics approval

· Performs simulation procedures following techniques and guidelines used in the department

· Follows departmental procedure for monitoring patient dosimetry for TLDs. Follows departmental policy for treating TBI, TSE, SBRT patients.

 

Machine and Equipment Operations:

· Operates machinery correctly, following all safety rules and performs safety inspections and/or tests as required to ensure safety standards are met

· Dismantles, cleans, and stores equipment according to departmental standards and procedures

· Manages film treatment fields every 5 and 7 treatments. Evaluates and discuss with the physician any changes to be made in treatment fields.

· Monitors equipment during operation to ensure it is properly functioning

· Stores and/or disposes of contaminated or expired material according to departmental procedures

· Checks treatment room supplies to assure their proper status for emergency situations

· Recognizes when a situation is critical, requires immediate attention and calls the nurse and/or physician; provides emergency assistance as directed

· Initiates correct calls or contacts appropriate resources needed to provide or obtain emergency services according to departmental procedures

· Schedules treatments effectively, minimizing delays but allowing sufficient time for contingencies

· Assigns scheduling priorities according to the patient condition or timing of the request

· Maintains and checks daily billing and reviews the accuracy of info for official daily reports

· Accurately documents in patient radiation therapy chart daily treatment given

· Takes photographs of patients' treatment set up where applicable (e.g., electron setups)

· Administers IV contrast as prescribed by the physician in accordance with the policies, procedures, and competencies established for CT Simulation. Pours electron blocks as needed.

 

Minimum Requirements:
American Registry Radiologic Tech (Required)
Radiologic Technologist (Required)
Basic Cardiac Life Support (Required)
NJ Radiation Therapist License (Required

Education or Equivalent Experience:

High School/equivalent level of education or higher required

Bachelor of Arts of Science preferred

Certificate of Completion from Approved Radiation Therapy Technology Program Required.

Capable of operating equipment and software required to deliver radiation treatment and patient care. Example: Aria, IX, Halcyon, TruBeam, Protons, portal imaging, OBI, gating

Familiarity with the process required for CT Simulation, Pet CT MRI

Computer literate, with working knowledge of the various systems such as: Epic, Outlook and Med View, knowledge and competent operation of the Aria computer system.

    We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

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    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.

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