Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Chief at Kaiser Permanente

Posted in Other 14 days ago.

Type: Standard
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Job Description:
Under direct & indirect supervision, plans, implements, & evaluates delivery of ultrasound services. Provides administrative & technical guidance & direction to staff; directs quality assurance activities; develops goals & performance standards; monitors productivity & efficiency of operational activities; delegates appropriate responsibilities to designated staff; assists w/recruitment & hiring functions; orients & trains new personnel regarding subsection operations; assigns & monitors work of subordinates; reports encountered problems & assists in solving problems as needed; monitors equipment operations; performs safety monitoring; assists physician in development of new techniques & procedures; maintains departmental records & licenses; maintains cooperative relations w/public, members, & others; performs all duties of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer as needed; directs & initiates compliance w/regulations.

Essential Functions:
  • Provides functional guidance through effective communication to assigned personnel to ensure maintenance of prescribed standards of Ultrasound services; distributes work assignments to coordinate activities w/in section & w/other Depts. Recommends personnel selections; orients & trains (mentors) personnel; directs trainee program & documents competencies of staff to Dept policy & procedures & safety procedures; monitors performance of duties; provides assistance w/performance appraisals of subordinates; counsels as necessary; monitors team operating budget. Develops competencies & performance standards; assists w/team goals development; monitors productivity & efficiency of operational activities; delegates appropriate responsibilities to designated staff. Schedules & conducts monthly section meetings to assure proper communication levels in education, procedural, regulatory demands, & Interventional Physician requests. Prepares floor stock medications. Performs all the duties of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Team Leader.
  • Follows all National Patient Safety Goals. Receives & double identifies patients using appropriate criteria prior to performing the study ordered. Ensures information & data entry is accurate. Maintains patient privacy & confidentiality.
  • Assumes responsibilities for the needs of patient during procedure. Provides service-oriented communications w/ patient; explaining procedure; answering questions. Emphasizes a personalized, individualized, compassionate patient care atmosphere at all times.
  • Develops protocols & integrates software for procedures & techniques; remains current on new products, new techniques, new devices, new equipment & their applications. Performs tests & quality checks to evaluate proper function of all imaging & non-imaging systems, as well as equipment used in patient care & studies; records results of evaluation appropriately; recognizes & reports malfunctions of all systems.
  • Recommends & assists w/capital equipment needs, space requirements & staffing needs to facilitate departmental operations. Monitors & evaluates equipment services. Orders & maintains adequate supplies; reviews & recommends approval of supply charges; monitors purchase of supplies; researches cost effectiveness of purchases & exams as requested; provides input on exam charges.
  • Ensures efficient daily operation & the quality of patient care in assigned area; anticipates & resolves schedule & operational difficulties; counteracts adverse circumstances including appointment variations & examination complications by adjusting employee & patient schedules w/ more efficient operation & w/physician involvement. Reviews orders to determine accuracy & completeness; consults w/radiologist to ascertain imaging protocols.
  • Assists w/development, revisions, & administering of Ultrasound section policies & procedures; ensures staff compliance. Remains current & integrates new & existing state & federal regulations w/Dept & hospital policy. Develops & maintains all required reports & records of Dept functions for audit by federal & state agencies; responds & corrects deficiencies found by these audits; incorporates results w/Dept function.
  • Rotates facilities & shares on call responsibilities for Ultrasound.
  • Assists w/& participates in departmental in-service presentations.
  • Develops & directs section quality assurance activities for patient care & technical performance standards; monitors & corrects deficiencies.
  • Promotes rapport & interacts w/all sections of Dept, clinic & hospital staff on procedural matters & policy development; cooperates w/nursing staff & physician partners to optimize workflow & facilitate a climate of safety.
  • Promotes rapport & interacts w/service, sales representatives & application specialists to remain current on products, new techniques & application of equipment capabilities.
  • Perpetuates self-development & education & pursues ongoing continuing education.
  • Establishes & maintains reference library of all current publications, articles, & teaching methods for use in training.
  • Develops QC indicators, gathers QC data, & prepares QC reports as assigned.

    Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum five (5) years of post-graduate sonography experience, including experience or successful completion of training program (pre-hire, post-hire, or on-the-job) in area of specialty, if applicable.
  • Completion of approved ultrasound training program recognized by CAAHEP; OR one (1) year of directly related experience.
    License, Certification, Registration
  • Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).
  • Current BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR or CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certification.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Supervisor or Team Leader experience in the ultrasound field.
  • Ultrasound experience in general, breast, vascular and obstetrics imaging.
  • Supervisory and/or Management experience.
  • Bachelor's degree in allied health or business management.
  • Certified Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) by the American Heart Association.
  • Certifications in Abdomen, Breast, Vascular and Obstetrics imaging by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ADRMS).

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