RADIATION THERAPIST (PRN) - DUKE REGIONAL HOSPITAL
Duke University Health System
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Internal Number: 118314
Duke Regional Hospital has served Durham, Orange, Person, Granville and Alamance counties and the surrounding communities for nearly 40 years. With more than 1,900 employees, its focus is on providing outstanding medical care with compassionate, personalized service in a comfortable community hospital setting. Duke Regional Hospital has 369 inpatient beds and offers a comprehensive range of medical, surgical and diagnostic services, including orthopedics, weight-loss surgery, women's services, and heart and vascular services, and also offers care at the Duke Rehabilitation Institute and Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center. In fiscal year 2018, Duke Regional Hospital admitted 16,299 patients and had 165,953 outpatient visits in fiscal year 2017.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Duke Regional Hospital as #10 in North Carolina and #4 in the Raleigh-Durham area for 2018-19.
* * WORK SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday (7:30 am - 4:00 pm); No Weekends. No Call. * *
Apply ionizing radiation to the patient (inclusive of pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations) in accordance with the prescription and instructions of the Radiation Oncologist and under the general supervision of the Chief Therapist.
Deliver accurately the prescribed planned course of radiation therapy with minimal supervision.
Check prescription, diagnosis, chart and patient identification.
Explain procedure to patient, means of communication during treatment and procedure to follow if emergency arises during treatment. *Reinforce Radiation Oncologist's advice to patient regarding reactions to treatment and their care.
Prepare room and equipment for patient according to prescription regarding immobilization devices, field size, treatment distance, lead protection devices, etc.
Transfer patient safely to treatment couch, giving special care to catheters, intravenous drips, etc.
Check daily treatment time and delivers prescribed dose. *Maintain visual and audible communication with the patient during treatment.
Maintain patient markings. Observe patient for unusual reactions and events and report accurate information to the nursing staff and/or Radiation Oncologist.
Observe radiation safety measures for patient and personnel.
Assist in tumor localization procedures, preparation of immobilization devices, etc.
Assist in dosimetry procedures (i.e. Prescription calculations).
Obtain weekly port films and present such at chart rounds for review by Radiation Oncology staff.
Assume weekly on- call status on a rotation basis. (Applies to Duke staff therapist only)
Perform and document daily accelerator warm-up and QA procedures.(DRH and RCH)
Maintain records of daily treatment and other records as required by department quality assurance and quality improvement activities.
Perform mold room duties.(DRH and RCH)
Secure and maintain supplies.
Secure x-ray and lab reports as needed.
Report erratic operation of equipment to Chief Radiation therapist, Radiation Physicist and/or Medical Engineer.
Particpate in departmental PI (Performance Improvement) activities.
Assist in the hiring and orienting of new personnel.
Attend weekly QA rounds, monthly therapy meetings, and educational in-services.
Incorporate department and hospital policies and procedures into care provided.
Satisfactory completion of a 24 month course in radiology technology and a 12 month course in radiation therapy technology; or
Satisfactory completion of a 24 month course in radiation therapy technology; or
Registered nurse who has satisfactorily completed a 12-month course in radiation therapy technology; or
Satisfactory completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in radiation therapy.
One year clinical training in Radiation Therapy.
Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification:
Current licensure as required by state or national authority and/or certification or board eligible in Radiation Therapy by the American Registry of Radiology Technology.
Maintain ARRT certification in radiation therapy with a minimum of documented 12 hours of continuing education.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge in principles, practices and procedures involved in the operation of ionizing radiographic and radiation therapy equipment.
Knowledge of the human anatomy and proper positioning of the patient to provide treatment as prescribed.
Ability to administer CPR in a medical emergency.
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