This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Major Duties, but not limited to: Verifies patient consent prior to initiating CT simulation. Prepares required contrast materials that are to be used for treatment simulations. Ensures proper use and administration of the contrast materials to avoid the risk of patient morbidity and mortality, therefore it is essential that the therapist has a thorough understanding of contrast material usage. Communicates orally exam preparations/special orders to patients and hospital staff. Recognizes abnormalities in relevant lab procedures and notifies appropriate staff. Operates CT simulator, provides reproducible patient treatment position sets-ups. Provides custom patient immobilization devices as instructed or departmental protocol. Understands the computer operations to ensure proper control of computer patient data input to insure accuracy of data output and of complex computer applications relating to treatment planning. Verifies patient's treatment area daily in the treatment machine vault. Performs simulation verification before prescribed treatment. Reproduces initial simulation set-up, with proper patient positioning, immobilizing devices, to ensure proper alignment and quality treatment. Obtains isocenter verification, treatment field verification of conformal blocking, with multi-leaf collimator, or cerro-bend blocking. Obtains isocenter verification as needed by the use to cone bean CT and or the use of the on-board imaging system. Utilizes electronic radiation treatment chart for set-up instructions, field size, field shaping, SSD, field compensators and beam restrictions. Employs any necessary accessory beam restriction devices, i.e., wedges, bolus, collimator angles, or cerro bend blocks for fields to be treated. Verifies correct multi-leaf collimation and electronic dynamic wedges. Delivers prescribed mode of treatment in accordance with prescribed radiation prescription. Maintains patient records and files. Follows HIPPA guidelines regarding patient information. Follows departmental procedures for electronic charting and coding utilizing ARIA and CPRS. This to include full implantation of the departmental procedures for patient scheduling, patient task, staff task, patient agendas, checklist, questioners ECT. Takes port/verification films on patients under radiation treatment, to maintain record of treatment accuracy in accordance to departmental procedures, checks and verifies any changes in accordance with the physician's request. Sends alerts to physicist in patient's electronic treatment chart any change in treatment, i.e., change in patients SSD reading, change in field measurements, adjustments to position of treatment field, or patients treatment status if not treated, in order to make corrections in the treatment calendar, calculations or prescription as needed. Practices radiation safety in order to reduce exposure to patients, staff, and self, in compliance with department and VA radiation safety procedures to maintain occupational exposures "as low as reasonably achievable" (ALARA). Used of lead-lined treatment room walls, cornered doorways, distance management, and conscientious accident-free beam-on times. Assists patients to and from the treatment room, as well as in transferring on and off the treatment table as necessary. Utilizing all patient transfer aids. Maintains adequate supplies in the department, treatment vault and workstations. Maintains treatment rooms and equipment in a clean, neat, and safe condition at all times, as well as ensures appropriate supply availability. Maintains a safe, clean environment in accordance with universal infection control precautions and other established policies and procedures. Follows guidelines for storing and cleaning patient immobilization devices. Notifies physics staff of equipment issues and follows instruction. Reports all environmental and/or equipment issues by the use of the computerized work order system reporting to the Bio Med. Logs in the ROC service book for future reference. Works as a contributing and cooperative part of the radiation oncology team, communicating and interacting with all team members in a tactful, respectful and professional manner. Follows established safety practices and reports to supervisor as promptly as possible, unsafe conditions, unsafe practices or any occupational illness or injury sustained. Adheres to all safety and health standards, regulations, work practices and uses proper protective equipment as required. Participates in reviewing, revising or authoring policies and procedures as needed or assigned. Work Schedule: Mondays - Fridays (8:00 am - 4:30 pm) Performs irregular hour emergency treatments on standby, 24 hours per day coverage, availability within 2 hours from receipt of call. Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): Eligible *See "Additional Information" section below for more details. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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