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Presbyterian Healthcare Services Radiation Therapist in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Job Description

Type of Opportunity: Full Time

FTE: 1.000000

Exempt: No

Work Schedule: Days


The primary purpose of the Radiation Therapist position is to function in a specialized area of radiation therapy in the role of direct patient care provider in the Department of Radiation Oncology. The scope of position is defined by New Mexico Environment Department-s Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Program, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists- Practice Standards of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy, and the Standards of Care for Radiation Therapy Services for the Department of Radiation Oncology.

Other information:


Required: Must be a graduate of a JRCERT accredited program in radiation therapy or a suitable equivalent.

Required: Certified and registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in Radiation Therapy. Must be certified and licensed by the New Mexico Environment Department-s Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Program within 30 days of hire.

Medical Radiologic Technologist



  • Associate Degree



  • NM Radiography Tech


Administers safe and accurate radiation therapy treatment.

Clinical Practice Management:

  • Ensures accurate treatment delivery and data capture, the radiation therapist demonstrates sound clinical judgment and adheres to accurate treatment and simulation delivery.

  • Gathers necessary set-up aids and prepares room and equipment for patient.

  • Demonstrates necessary manual dexterity and psychomotor skills to operate and manipulate the mechanical motions of complex radiation-emitting treatment units. Works under stress and pressure.

  • Adapts without difficulty to changes in work schedule or assigned area as departmental patient load dictates.

  • Visually monitors patient for unusual reaction and events and reports same to radiation oncologist throughout the course of radiation therapy.

  • Explains treatment procedure to the patient as it is performed communicating in a clear, concise voice; answers patient's and family's questions and defers those not within his/her competence to the radiation oncologist. Verbally reinforces radiation oncologist's advice to patient regarding reactions to treatment and their care. Recognizes patient's needs and responds to them appropriately. Refers patient to other allied health specialists, such as a social workers, dietitians and nursing.

Performs and maintains Quality Assurance activities.

Quality Assurance Management:

  • Complies with departmental quality assurance practices.

  • Visually ascertains that consent forms for radiation therapy are in the treatment record and have been signed by the patient before administering the treatment.

  • Monitors and maintains daily treatment records and machine QA, inclusive of but not limited to the following: adheres to portal image review/approval guidelines as required by the department makes adjustments in field placement as needed.

  • Verbally notifies physics or engineering if measurements do not fall into accepted parameters. Visually recognizes and reports erratic operation of equipment to supervisor, engineering staff and/or Administrative Director for Therapy Services.

  • Checks prescription, set-up instructions, new start procedures, and patient information in the record and verify system, etc. Reviews the records for any discrepancies between the prescription, treatment plan, and amendments.

  • Attends planning clinic as assigned.

  • Performs, monitors, and maintains mandatory quality control activities and documentation.

Maintains Competency Management

Competency Management:

  • Ensures that appropriate clinical skills are learned and maintained to support treatment and simulation delivery, the radiation therapist demonstrates and adheres to:

  • Maintenance of departmentally identified base competencies inclusive of performing calculations.

  • Accurate documentation and maintenance of competency assessment criteria.

*Facilitates learning consistent with expectations of documented competency level by attending lectures, seminars, and in-services to stay abreast of new techniques and to comply with licensure and competency requirements.

  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills and professional behaviors (soft skills) and participation in competency assessments.

  • Consistently works within the scope of practice and competency level outlined in Natural Progression Plan.

Participates in clinical instruction/evaluation

Education and Training Management:

  • Demonstrates practice related learning, share knowledge and skills learned to students and peers.

  • Participates in departmental/institutional learning initiatives and in-services.

  • Orients and teaches new students/therapists rotating to treatment unit.

Adhere to departmental guidelines and institutional policies

  • Adheres to department policies, guidelines, and procedures.

  • Completes internal variance forms for any error and forwards it to the supervisor for follow up within 24 hours.

  • Consistently adheres to all departmental policies concerning radiation therapy treatment, attendance, and dress code.

  • Adheres to Kronos Procedures, effective time management.

  • Utilizes resources and controls resources through careful management of supplies and equipment.

  • Effectively uses the experience and abilities of other staff members.

  • Willing to take instruction, discipline, correction, and guidance.

  • Demonstrates enthusiasm and shows initiative to begin, complete and improve all actions required to accomplish job.

Other duties as assigned.

*Safe and effective use of linear accelerator for basic radiation treatments, as well as treat a heterotopic site from beginning to end

*Mastery of daily Quality Assurance of Linear Accelerator, Active Breathing Coordinator and iGuide system.

*Able to complete an in-depth chart check of new patients.

*Able to fabricate an electron block<>


Benefits are effective day-one (for .45 FTE and above) and include:

  • Competitive salaries

  • Full medical, dental and vision insurance

  • Flexible spending accounts (FSAs)

  • Free wellness programs

  • Paid time off (PTO)

  • Retirement plans, including matching employer contributions

  • Continuing education and career development opportunities

  • Life insurance and short/long term disability programs

About Us

Presbyterian Healthcare Services is a locally owned, not-for-profit healthcare system of nine hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Founded in New Mexico in 1908, it is the state's largest private employer with approximately 11,000 employees.

Presbyterian's story is really the story of the remarkable people who have chosen to work here. Starting with Reverend Cooper who began our journey in 1908, the hard work of thousands of physicians, employees, board members, and other volunteers brought Presbyterian from a tiny tuberculosis sanatorium to a statewide healthcare system, serving more than 700,000 New Mexicans.

We are part of New Mexico's history - and committed to its future. That is why we will continue to work just as hard and care just as deeply to serve New Mexico for years to come.

About New Mexico

New Mexico's unique blend of Spanish, Mexican and Native American influences contribute to a culturally rich lifestyle. Add in Albuquerque's International Balloon Fiesta, Los Alamos' nuclear scientists, Roswell's visitors from outer space, and Santa Fe's artists, and you get an eclectic mix of people, places and experiences that make this state great.

Cities in New Mexico are continually ranked among the nation's best places to work and live by Forbes magazine, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, and other corporate and government relocation managers like Worldwide ERC.

New Mexico offers endless recreational opportunities to explore, and enjoy an active lifestyle. Venture off the beaten path, challenge your body in the elements, or open yourself up to the expansive sky. From hiking, golfing and biking to skiing, snowboarding and boating, it's all available among our beautiful wonders of the west.

AA/EOE/VET/DISABLED. PHS is a drug-free and tobacco-free employer with smoke free campuses.

Requisition ID: 2022-25587

Street: 8300 Constitution Ave NE