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Lead Radiation Therapist - ONC

  • Job ID: 772283748
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: UPMC Altoona
  • Department: Radiation Oncology
  • Location: 620 Howard Avenue, Altoona PA 16601
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $31.48 to $51.92 / hour

Description

Monday - Friday Daylight shift Fulltime 40 hours

 

Purpose:
Under the direction of a radiation oncologist, delivers radiation treatments to patients as prescribed by the Radiation Oncologist and obtains localization images according to planned treatment delivery. Assists physician or nurse in the administration of contrast agents used during treatment localization. Performs measurements for use during treatment calculation. Collects and documents data acquired during the simulation procedure. Accurately inputs treatment-related data into the verify-and-record system. Leads the radiation therapy team in daily operations with regular communication to the chief/manager/regional manager. Provides site leadership in the absence of the aforementioned staff.

Responsibilities:

 

  • Maintains travel expenses according to policy. Uses all UPMC Cancer Centers resources effectively.
  • Notifies appropriate site leadership of supply needs.
  • Fiscal Responsibilities: Participates in accurate and complete charge capture activities.
  • Performs in accordance with system wide competencies / behaviors.
  • Continuing Education Program Management: Participates in training programs required to maintain ARRT Certification.
  • Communicates any equipment issues to the appropriate site leadership.
  • Completes clinical competencies annually as required.
  • Remains HIPAA compliant at all times.
  • Wears radiation monitoring badge and I.D. badge at all times.
  • Follows all radiation safety standards.
  • Regulatory Affairs Management: Participates in regulatory compliance activities and maintains continuous departmental readiness for inspections and surveys.
  • Works collaboratively with the Radiation Oncologist, Manager, and all team members to maintain high standards for quality service.
  • Participates in programs to measure and improve the quality of care within the Department, such as Press Ganey, Quality Improvement Measures, Chart Rounding, and Department Meetings.
  • Performs and documents daily and weekly QA activity for assigned equipment. Documents findings outside the range established by Physics. Notifies the Chief Therapist immediately of findings outside the normal range of operations.
  • Quality Assurance / CQI Program Management: Prioritizes patient safety.
  • Assists at other UPMC Radiation Oncology locations if the need arises.
  • Has a good understanding of information systems and is fluent in all computer applications necessary to perform their job.
  • Under the direction of the Radiation Oncology Manager provides On Call coverage as needed.
  • Maintains a safe, orderly treatment room.
  • Uses effective communication techniques and interpersonal skills to provide explanations for treatment-related procedures. Observes patients for expected and unexpected reactions to treatments and communicates this to appropriate staff members. Reinforces patient education/side effect management information and indicates non-compliance to medical/nursing staff.
  • Assists the Chief Therapist in evaluation of student performance.
  • Assists in the orientation and supervision of students during clinical rotations.
  • Under the direction of a radiation oncologist, takes localization images according to planned treatment delivery. Assists physician or nurse in the administration of contrast agents used during treatment localization.
  • Explains treatment procedures to patient and/or family. Responds effectively to patient concerns, and refers medical questions to appropriate personnel.
  • Assures the quality and consistency of treatment portal placement by taking portal images according to departmental procedures.
  • Assures the quality of treatment delivery through the complete and accurate documentation of treatment records.
  • Recognizes deviation from prescribed treatment delivery and reports all deviations to the Chief Therapist / Physicist.
  • Provides safety in patient care through the consistent practice of departmental procedures for treatment administration.
  • Performs measurements for use during treatment calculation. Collects and documents data acquired during the simulation procedure and accurately inputs treatment-related data.
  • Clinical Operations: Performs treatment, simulation, fabrication of immobilization devices and shielding, radiosurgery, and brachytherapy procedures when applicable, according to written prescription and treatment plan.

 

Qualifications

Completion of a formal radiation therapy technology program in a JRCERT-accredited institution.

3 years of experience in Radiation Therapy.

Involvement in each of the following areas:

  1. Administration/Management
  2. Education/International
  3. Quality/Regulatory
  4. Billing/Coding


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
ARRT Registration in good standing. Must maintain 24 CEU's per Biennium as required for ARRT Certification and Licensure. CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire.
 

  • ARRT Certificate
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.

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