Cardiac Sonographer - Duke Raleigh Hospital - Cardiac Diagnostics
Company: Duke Health
Posted on: September 24, 2022
Duke Raleigh Hospital Duke Raleigh Hospital offers the latest in
care and technology in a patient-friendly setting. It has been an
important part of Duke Health since 1998 and has served Wake County
for more than 35 years, employing more than 2,000 teammembers. The
hospital provides 186 inpatient beds and a comprehensive array of
services, including the Duke Raleigh Cancer Center, Duke Raleigh
Orthopedic and Spine Center, cardiovascular services, neurosciences
including the Duke Raleigh Skull Base and Cerebrovascular Center,
advanced digestive care, disease management and prevention, wound
healing, outpatient imaging, intensive and progressive care, pain
clinic, same-day surgery, emergency department and community
outreach and education programs. U.S.News & World Report ranked
Duke Raleigh Hospital as high performing in orthopaedics and five
adult procedures/conditions: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
(COPD), heart failure, kidney failure, lung cancer surgery, and
stroke.Job Title: -CARDIAC SONOGRAPHER
Job Code: -4587
Job Level: -F2
Revised Date: -07/29/2019
Supervisory Responsibility: No -- - -- -General Description of the
Job ClassPerform daily clinical operations of Echocardiography
including performing Echocardiograms, entering preliminary
interpretation, covering all sites and shifts including call
coverage. -Duties and Responsibilities of this LevelLevel I
- Demonstrates proficiency by performing routine and emergency
echocardiograms, including but not limited to 2-dimensional, 3-
dimensional, Doppler, Transesophageal, and Stress Echocardiogram,
as requested by physician and in accordance with standard
- Provides echocardiography service at all necessary locations,
working variable shifts, weekends, and providing emergent call
coverage as scheduled.
- Operate equipment necessary to perform all required procedures
and to obtain optimal diagnostic recording; utilize ancillary
devices such as selected transducers, digital networking system,
off-line analysis systems.
- Maintain equipment in working order, making minor adjustments
- Perform routine cleaning, preventive maintenance, and report
any equipment malfunction to echo lab manager.
- Analyze patient's medical record to obtain history of symptoms
and necessary information for performance of diagnostic
- Prepares preliminary reports for review and interpretation by
Cardiologist, including comparison of previous studies.
- Participate in quality improvement activities; evaluate
procedure results for technical quality and accuracy; maintain
appropriate logs, files, and records.
- Review department performance in relation to established goals,
implementing changes to affect outcomes.
- Maintain confidentiality of patients, employees and
corporation-related activities. Instruct students, fellows, nurses,
or health personnel as requested.
- Communicates technical and patient care related information
according to established processes and timelines.
- Attends Echo Lab Meetings, participates in Echo related
conferences through attendance, ensuring continuing education and
- Cultivates a collaborative and cooperative work environment
within department. -Level II
- Actively participates with patient testing, performing routine,
non- routine, urgent, and emergent patient requests as described in
the Cardiac Sonographer Level 1 job description.
- Performs advanced cardiac ultrasound services and procedures to
patients utilizing independent judgment, with real-time and
off-line manipulation of echocardiographic images for capture,
display and analysis of echocardiography data.
- Assists the physician with Echocardiography-guided studies to
aid them in proceeding with complex procedures to decrease
potential associated procedural risks.
- Acts as a resource and assists Cardiac Sonographers and
Cardiology Fellows with pre/post procedures, preliminary review of
images obtained and report.
- Acts as a preceptor by on-boarding Cardiac Sonographers with
departmental orientation, in-service and education.
- Assist in establishing and maintaining department objectives
and goals by functioning as a site Charge Sonographer. Support and
recommend quality assurance initiatives. -Level III
- Clinical Focus Performs advanced cardiac ultrasound services
and procedures to patients such as congenital, myocardial
mechanics, 3D imaging and stress utilizing independent
- Functions as an expert resource, to instruct other cardiac
sonographers with in-services and education regarding performance
and preliminary interpretation of these procedures.
- Performs quality assurance to ensure that all the necessary
echocardiography data are obtained for the patient on the basis of
clinical history and presentation.
- Formulating and ensuring consistent implementation of exam
- Provides in-service education and case reviews for staff
cardiac sonographers in collaboration with the Echocardiography
Technical Manager concerning new methods and techniques that are to
be incorporated into the echocardiography exam.
- Maintains up to date all laboratory policies and
- Collaborates with Technical Manager and Medical Director for
review annually, or as necessary for revision of all clinical
policies and procedures specific to Echocardiography.
- Ensures all ICAEL requirements are met and maintained.
- Staff information, CMEs, policies and procedures, protocols,
etc. are updated annually to meet ICAEL requirements. Staff is
updated on all ICAEL changes.
- Organizes and prepares ICAEL application to maintain accredited
- Education Focus Participates as a Lead Clinical Instructor in
the Echocardiography Department.
- Participates in clinical education for students, residents
and/or fellows specifically related to physics and image
- Provides technical assistance in research studies on new
echocardiography techniques and technology initiated by Duke, other
hospitals and vendors through attending meetings and learning new
techniques on acquiring images.
- Assists Echocardiography Technical Manager with quality
measures and outcome data to ensure a high level echocardiography
lab. -Clinical Lead Focus Supervisory Responsibility - Yes Support
for the Echocardiography service when the manager is unavailable.
The Clinical Lead is responsible for supervising, directing,
coaching, and mentoring their assigned core group of staff.
Evaluates staff, provides feedback, documents and directly monitors
quality performance at each site. Directs orientation, provides
guidance, and constructively influences staff morale. Instruct and
educate visiting students, technologists and physicians about our
procedures, computers and departmental functions. Provides Echo
technical direction/functional advice and direct supervision to
staff. Interacts and communicates with physicians, support staff,
and other health care professionals to facilitate departmental
operations Monitors the status of equipment repairs and
preventative maintenance, gathers data on equipment malfunction and
associated down time, and documents the effects on patient care.
Assures compliance with department and institutional policies,
procedures, and regulations. Assist with site specific personnel
functions including hiring, annual evaluations, development &
implementation of existing departmental policies. Coordinate staff
scheduling, and maintain payroll time reports.Communicates
information to staff in support management decisions. Assist the
Technical Manager in evaluation and selection of capital equipment.
Enhance professional growth and development of department staff
through leadership participation in educational programs, current
literature, in-service meetings and workshops. Maintain working
knowledge of resources available to the department and employees in
developing work skills, employee benefits, continuing education and
assuring that hospital requirements are met. -Required
Qualifications at this LevelEducationGraduate of an accredited
formal Diagnostic Medical Sonography or Cardiovascular Technology
Program is required (may substitute with ARDMS certification on or
before December 31, 2000). -ExperienceNone required beyond above
education/certification requirements. Level I - Must obtain ARDMS
or CCI certifications Echocardiography as required by each entity
within 18 months of employment. Level II - Minimum of two years'
experience as a Sonographer. Level III - A minimum of four years'
experience (within specialty modality) in which they are seeking
promotion. -Degrees, Licensure, and/or CertificationARDMS/CCI
Certification in Echocardiography. -Knowledge, Skills, and
AbilitiesN/A - -The intent of this job description is to provide a
representative and level of the types of duties and
responsibilities that will be required of positions given this
title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of
the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular
position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks
other than those specifically presented in this description. - -
-Job Code: 00004587 CARDIAC SONOGRAPHER
Job Level: F2 -Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity
without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender,
gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national
origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
-Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration,
innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success
depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best
when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and
experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential
that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the
contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices
are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to
uphold these values. -Essential Physical Job FunctionsCertain jobs
at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include
essential job functions that require specific physical and/or
mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests
for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring
Keywords: Duke Health, Durham , Cardiac Sonographer - Duke Raleigh Hospital - Cardiac Diagnostics, Healthcare , Durham, North Carolina
Didn't find what you're looking for? Search again!