Radiation Therapist

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Vidant Medical Center

Full Time

Regular

Summary

About Vidant Medical Center

Vidant Medical Center is a fully accredited, 900+ bed regional referral facility encompassing a Level-1 Trauma Center and extensive inpatient and outpatient services including intensive and intermediate care, pediatrics, bariatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, pain management and psychiatry.

Responsibilities

 These professionals calibrate and set up radiation therapy equipment and position patients to ensure accurate treatments and pinpoint radiation doses to tumor areas, minimizing exposure to normal and critical surrounding structures. This work must be performed with the highest level of accuracy to achieve the expected treatment outcome.

 The Radiation Therapists are accountable for maintaining daily quality assurance measures on the linear accelerators and other departmental equipment. In addition, the Radiation Therapists instruct radiation therapy students, medical physics graduate students, medical residents, and other healthcare providers on the operation of radiation therapy machines and explain and demonstrate specific procedures and techniques; and provide assistance on cancer research projects. 

 Since the Radiation Therapy Supervisor I classification is consolidated into the Radiation Therapist band, the department may desire to select an employee to serve as Senior/Lead Radiation Therapist to provide backup support to the Radiation Therapy Supervisor. Therefore, the Senior/Lead Radiation Therapist will work with the more complex cases and deliver the more complicated treatments and serve as an indirect supervisor to the therapists. This work will require the position to assist the supervisor in serving as the liaison between the therapists and physicians, providing day to day support and guidance to therapists, preparing work assignments, monitoring procedures, and solving problems that arise with day to day operations.

  •  Interprets information via the patient's electronic chart and follows the simulation plan accurately administering the exact prescribed dosage or radiation. Therefore, the technologist must have the ability (primarily through experience) to detect/prevent errors and judge the allowable deviation from a planned course of treatment.  Patient positioning using immobilization devices which were constructed during the simulation process.  Emotional and physical support of the patient. This is an ongoing process because of the length of treatment course, disease process and discomfort associated with the disease. This is especially important since many patients may experience sore mouths, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.  Liaison between patient and physician.
  • Implementation of the therapy treatment plan. The technologist must make many judgment calls in the course of his/her work. The prescribed treatment must be exact and very precise. Success of the treatment plan depends upon the accuracy of this therapists work. Inaccuracies can result in serious complications, including the destruction of health tissues or tumor recurrences.  Transport of patients to out of department diagnostic procedures and positioning for the purpose of treatment planning or treatment execution.
  •  Quality Assurance - Perform quality assurance on the linear accelerators and other departmental equipment.  Compliance with regulatory or other accrediting bodies.  Protects patients and other personnel from radiation hazards.
  •  Teaching/Instruction - Responsible for instructing radiation therapy technology students, medical physics graduate students, medical residents and perhaps other health care providers in operation of the treatment machines: Siemens MXE, MD2 and Primus linear accelerators.  Responsible for verbal explanation of specific procedures and techniques in the delivery of radiation therapy treatments.  Considerable knowledge of the theory and practical application will be necessary in order to answer questions about each procedures and technique.  Demonstration of the procedures and techniques related to radiation therapy treatments.
  •  Physically able to lift up to 20 lbs above the head. Some bending, pulling, lifting and pushing abilities required to assist with moving patients on and off treatment tables. Minimal about of squatting required.

Minimum Requirements

  •  High School plus 1-2 year of formal education/experience.
  • Graduation from a Radiation Therapy Technologist program approved by the Council of Allied Health Education and
  • Accreditation and certification eligible by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in Radiation Therapy Technology. The more advanced, senior level Radiation Therapist should have an additional two (2) years of directly related experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
  • Less than 1 year experience working in radiation treatment center or cancer treatment center required.
  • Certification with the American Society of Radiologic Technologist Certification and by the American Radiologic Technologists in Radiation Therapy Technology required.

 

General Statement

It is the goal of Vidant Health and its entities to employ the most qualified individual who best matches the requirements for the vacant position.

Offers of employment are subject to successful completion of all pre-employment screenings, which may include an occupational health screening, criminal record check, education, reference, and licensure verification.

We value diversity and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.   Decisions of employment are made based on business needs, job requirements and applicant’s qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, genetic information and testing, family and medical leave, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other status protected by law. We prohibit retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint.

 

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