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Houston Methodist Sr Radiation Therapist - Days in Sugar Land, Texas

JOB SUMMARY

At Houston Methodist, the Senior Radiation Therapist position is responsible for assisting in the planning, treatments and monitoring of patients. This position provides radiation therapy treatment while functioning as an essential member of the radiation oncology treatment team to provide total quality care to patients. The Senior Radiation Therapist position acts as a liaison with Physicians and supporting personnel. This position is fully competent in all aspects of various radiation therapy procedures and serves as a mentor to Radiation Therapists and students by utilizing skills and knowledge to help train and educate others. The Senior Radiation Therapist position works independently exercising sound judgment and executing above average clinical skills on challenging diagnostic procedures and patient care situations. The Radiation Therapist position delivers exceptional patient care and adheres to radiation safety standards and guidelines established by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology in Radiation Therapy to ensure optimal patient safety and customer service.

PATIENT AGE GROUP(S) AND POPULATION(S) SERVED

Refer to departmental "Scope of Service" and "Provision of Care" plans, as applicable, for description of primary age groups and populations served by this job for the respective HM entity.

HOUSTON METHODIST EXPERIENCE EXPECTATIONS

  • Provide personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:

  • INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.

  • COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.

  • ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.

  • RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.

  • EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate.

  • Focuses on patient/customer safety

  • Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards

  • Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)

  • Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met

  • Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports byenabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job

PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

PEOPLE - 25%

  • Facilitates open, professional (verbal, nonverbal, written) communication to achieve mutual understanding, role modeling by example. Communication to promote both work efforts and problem resolution is clear and professional, providing the highest quality service during every customer and patient encounter. (EF)

  • Guides and mentors Radiation Therapists and students to help build confidence in skills, knowledge and abilities. Uses peer-to-peer accountability towards department goals for retention and employee engagement. (EF)

  • Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one other to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members of the patient care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner. (EF)

SERVICE - 25%

  • Proactively assesses, identifies and responds to the needs of the patient to optimize patient care and patient experience. Delivers a planned course of radiation therapy accurately and safely, as prescribed by the Radiation Oncologist. (EF)

  • Performs simulation operations. Selects and fabricates appropriate immobilization, custom blocks and positioning aides for simulation and treatment. (EF)

  • Provides accurate explanations and instructions to patients at a level consistent to the patients understanding. Assesses the patient's condition, needs, and side effects daily. Provides information and refers the patient to the appropriate resources in a sensitive manner. (EF)

  • Uses appropriate professional judgment to contact Radiation Oncologist regarding side effects, problem situations or when to withhold treatment until a physician is notified. (EF)

QUALITY/SAFETY - 25%

  • Follows principles of radiation protection for patient, self and others. Follows safety standards and conducts all radiation therapy procedures accordingly. Maintains proper sterile techniques for procedures, regularly practices aseptic techniques, and ensures compliance with radiation safety and infection control procedures. (EF)

  • Implements and delivers accurately the prescribed planned course of radiation therapy utilizing department equipment, adhering to acceptable department, institutional, governmental, and professional standards. (EF)

  • Ensures warm-up procedures are performed and documented and machine operation checks, as recommended by manufacturer and physics guidelines. Reports any equipment malfunctions to appropriate personnel; calls for service if needed. (EF)

  • Consistently performs chart reviews and documents simulation steps accurately to ensure quality outcomes. Ensures all daily treatment information is documented accurately, legibly, and completely and monitors daily doses to ensure that treatment does not exceed prescribed dose or normal tissue tolerance. (EF)

FINANCE - 10%

  • Provides accurate and complete documentation of patient procedures. Enters, validates and reviews charges at the time service is delivered, as appropriate. (EF)

  • Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies. Utilizes efficient and cost-effective work practices with department resources and supplies; provides recommendations to reduce expenses. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks. (EF)

GROWTH/INNOVATION - 15%

  • Participates in department projects or shared governance activities. Actively participates in Houston Methodist quality improvements initiatives. Generates and communicates new ideas and suggestions that improve quality of department services. (EF)

  • Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development as a Therapist. Assumes responsibility for growth and development by participating in in-services programs and continuing education. (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Graduate of education program approved by the credentialing body for the required credential(s) indicated below in the Certifications, Licenses and Registrations section.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Three years as a licensed Radiologic Technologist Therapist R.T.(T)

CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED

  • Registration as a Medical Radiologic Technologist (MRT-GC) thru the Texas Medical Board

  • American Registry of Radiologic Technologist in Radiation Therapy (ARRT (T))

  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS)

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations

  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security

  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles

  • Possesses basic computer knowledge; operates multiple computer systems to include, Hospital / Radiation Oncology Information Systems and Office software to maintain patient and exam documents.

  • Exhibits strong interpersonal and team player skills with all levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers.

  • Adapts to multiple ongoing priorities with minimal supervision including, organizing work flow and actively participating in problem-solving.

SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Work AttireYes/No

UniformYes

ScrubsYes

Business professionalYes

Other (dept approved)Yes

On-Call* Yes, on a regular basis (for Non-Exempt or Exempt jobs)

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above.

Travel**

May require travel withinYes

Houston Metropolitan area

May require travel outsideNo

of Houston Metropolitan area

**Travel specifications may vary by department.

Please note any other special considerations to this job: ________

Since 1998, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has been serving Fort Bend and the surrounding counties. Residents have come to rely on a level of compassionate care and leading-edge technology that was once available only in the Texas Medical Center. Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital tied for No. 4 in Houston and No. 6 (three-way tie) in Texas in U.S. News & World Report’s best hospital rankings in 2020. With 316 operating beds, 24 operating rooms and over 2,400 employees, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital was designed to provide comprehensive, personalized care for the community.

Street: 16675 Southwest Freeway

Name: Cancer Center

Regular Shift: 1st - Day

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