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Senior Radiation Therapist

PURPOSE:
The Senior Therapist is a role model in demonstrating outstanding clinical assessment, interpretive and treatment delivery skills; shares these skills with others to ensure the competency of the team and optimal patient outcomes; receives positive feedback from internal and external physicians and patients regarding care.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Senior Therapist is responsible for supervising the technical/clinical staff within an assigned office(s), as it is related to patient care and treatment delivery.
Responsible for patient care education and appropriately involves the patient in their care and care decisions.
Responsible for efficient operation of the assigned clinical treatment or simulation area and confirms status of new patient information in a timely manner. Reviews schedule daily and in advance to confirm the number of patients and new patient starts. Instruct staff to review the patients chart for completeness and accuracy before initial treatment (i.e. signed/completed Rx, iso-center verification approved, pre-treatment check completed, pathology report, verification of correct treatment area, etc.)
Coordinates the activities of the staff radiation therapists and nursing team to ensure quality treatment delivery and maximum utilization of equipment and personnel. Establish daily staff coverage and work flow: lunches, computer tasks, supplies, films, chart rounds.
Works with the Regional Therapist and/or RA to develop new techniques or resolve clinical problems. Resolves difficult set-ups and instructs staff members and students in this area and practices continuous improvement and standardization of techniques. Triages emergent cases, negotiates scheduling of patients with other team members including the physics and dosimetry departments. Manages team during equipment failures and notifies patients as well as all functional areas of the department. Leads quality improvement teams focused on clinical care issues such as treatment set-ups.
Utilizes a quality assurance program to encompass all aspects of treatment delivery and quality patient care. Accurately documents treatment variances. Practices the pre-treatment check of each treatment unit and instructs new staff members and students as part of orientation. In addition, the Sr. Therapist ensures the documentation of all treatment delivery information.
Demonstrates appropriate knowledge of the principles of growth and development from infant to geriatric stage of life span. In addition, must possess the ability to assess patient relative data as deemed pertinent to age-specific needs and provide care as described in the departments policy and procedure manual.
Assumes lead responsibilities if asked in the absence of another Sr. Therapist or Regional Therapist. Coordinate with other Sr. Therapists and the Regional Therapist to insure coverage for meeting attendance and administrative duties.
Instructs and orients new Radiation Therapists, students and other staff members unfamiliar with the department or specific procedures. Conducts a guided tour of the department and introduces new members to department personnel. In addition, inform and direct new members to departmental policies and procedures.
Demonstrates cooperation and is responsive to all staff members. Models appropriate behavior-courteous, respectful, constructively assertive and listens effectively. Effectively utilizes problem solving and negotiation skills to manage conflict.
Participates in specialty areas such as instruction, simulation, IMRT, Stereotactic Radiotherapy and Radiosurgery, Total Body Irradiation, HDR program and is responsible for the safe utilization of the Record and Verify System, including the ability to teach and assist others in the proper use of the system. Must demonstrate knowledge and ability to perform all aspects of treatment delivery.
Coordinates, attends and participates in regularly scheduled technical/clinical staff meetings. Demonstrates ability to lead and support departmental meetings when called upon by the Director, RA or Regional Therapist.
Attends and participates in regularly scheduled continuing educational activities. Actively seeks management focused educational opportunities.
Maintain active membership in professional organizations; participates in professional activities by attending meetings, serving on committees or task forces, writing and/or presenting scientific papers.
Participates in the clinical instruction and evaluation of the Radiation Therapy Technology students.
Review the daily DTS and verify accuracy. This may require working with other Sr. Therapists, the Regional Administrator and the Office Financial Manager.
Participate in regulatory and compliance preparedness initiatives and/or projects.
Participates in employee performance and competency reviews.
Works closely in coordination with the Regional Director and/or Regional Administrator(s) regarding the day-to-day operation of the clinic(s).
Directly supervises and manages the technical staff including Radiation Therapists, Nurses, and Medical Assistants.
Monitor and make certain that the clinical staff license requirements are fulfilled (ie. therapist and nursing licenses kept current and in good standing).
Ensure proper par levels of supplies in assigned offices(s). Directly orders or delegates the responsibility to order supplies that are needed in the office on a regular basis with the assistance of the RA (as needed). Follow established policies set by the Purchasing Department.
Monitors and directs patient transporters and couriers as it is related to patient care and treatment delivery. This requires working as a team with the RA and other staff members.
Maintains a professional relationship with the physics and dosimetry departments. Establish practice patterns that ensure the timely readiness of treatment plans, including QA for initiating (starting) patient treatment and follow-up.
Interacts with both internal and external constituents professionally.
Maintains the Clinical Event Log.
Reports employee misconduct or harassment in a timely matter using the process that is detailed in the employee handbook.
Maintains a high level of technical competency including all clinical staff members. Identify weaknesses or gaps in performance and ability and take corrective action in a timely matter.
Maintains accurate records and a safe work environment for both employees and our patients.
Reports machine (linac & CT) and IT problems using established processes.
Ensures continuity of clinical leadership by designating an acting Sr. Therapist in your absence (vacation, day off). The acting Sr. Therapist assumes the role of Sr. Therapist until your return.
Assists the physician and P.A. in the center(s) as needed with patient problems and upcoming changes in the patients course of treatments.
Conducts in-service training (i.e. equipment, OSHA, Bio-Med, HIPAA, etc.).
Report employee accidents/occurrencescompletion of documentation and follow-up.
Report patient accidents/occurrencescompletion of required documentation.
Monitor staff break-times, and lunch addressing and documentation of excessive breaks.
Anticipate and plan for staff vacancies due to illness, FMLA, etc. Communicate the anticipated or expected need to the Regional Therapist.
Review patient charts for completeness and/or changes in the prescription.
Obtain the necessary physician signatures in a timely manner including the Physician Treatment Plan Approval Note.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
Complies with and supports all company/departmental policies and procedures. Consistently exceeds a required level of performance. Acts as a positive role model in complying with all safety regulation governed by such agencies as OSHA and HIPAA. Demonstrates knowledge about utilization of proper equipment and body mechanics (lifting) consistently applies this knowledge and shares it with staff members. Promotes and emphasizes strong team work.
COMPUTER SKILLS:
Record & Verify Applications
Treatment Delivery Applications
OWAN
DTS
MS Office Suite
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
Graduate of an approved School for Radiation Therapy.
ARRT certification (RTT)
State licensed (if applicable).
Must be in good standing with all CE and license requirements.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS:
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; good organizational skills; confidentiality; excellent interpersonal skills; positive interaction in dealing with patients.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Balancing
Yes
Crouching
Yes
Pulling
Yes
Carrying
Yes
Grasping
Yes
Sitting
Yes
Climbing
No
Kneeling
Yes
Standing
Yes
Crawling
No
Lifting
Yes
Seeing
Yes
Job Description Clause
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.



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