Radiation Therapist - Duke Hospital - Durham
Posted on: January 26, 2023
Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the
best in the United States and is known around the world for its
outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University
Hospital has 1,048 licensed inpatient beds and offers comprehensive
diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional
emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 65
operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; a separate hospital
outpatient surgical department with nine operating rooms and an
extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. For
2021-2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke University
Hospital nationally in 11 adult specialties: cancer, cardiology &
heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear, nose & throat,
gastroenterology & GI surgery, gynecology, neurology &
neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung
surgery, and urology. Duke University Hospital is also ranked first
in North Carolina and first in the Raleigh-Durham area.In addition
to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically
dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary
care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and
outpatient surgery centers.General SummaryApply ionizing radiation
to the patient (inclusive of pediatric, adult, and geriatric
populations) in accordance with the prescription and instructions
of the Radiation Oncologist and under the general supervision of
the Chief Therapist.Work Performed
- Deliver accurately the prescribed planned course of radiation
therapy with minimal supervision.
- Check prescription, diagnosis, chart and patient
- Explain procedure to patient, means of communication during
treatment and procedure to follow if emergency arises during
- Reinforce Radiation Oncologist's advice to patient regarding
reactions to treatment and their care.
- Prepare room and equipment for patient according to
prescription regarding immobilization devices, field size,
treatment distance, lead protection devices, etc.
- Transfer patient safely to treatment couch, giving special care
to catheters, intravenous drips, etc.
- Check daily treatment time and delivers prescribed dose.
- Maintain visual and audible communication with the patient
- Maintain patient markings.
- Observe patient for unusual reactions and events and report
accurate information to the nursing staff and/or Radiation
Oncologist. Observe radiation safety measures for patient and
- Perform simulations.
- Assist in tumor localization procedures, preparation of
immobilization devices, etc.
- Assist in dosimetry procedures (i.e. Prescription
calculations). Obtain weekly port films and present such at chart
rounds for review by Radiation Oncology staff.
- Assume weekly on- call status on a rotation basis. -
- Maintain records of daily treatment and other records as
required by department quality assurance and quality improvement
- Secure and maintain supplies.
- Secure x-ray and lab reports as needed.
- Report erratic operation of equipment to Chief Radiation
therapist, Radiation Physicist and/or Medical Engineer.
- Participate in departmental PI (Performance Improvement)
- Assist in the hiring and orienting of new personnel. Attend
weekly QA rounds, monthly therapy meetings, and educational
- Incorporate department and hospital policies and procedures
into care provided.Knowledge Skills and Abilities
- Aria Software and Varian experience strongly preferred
- 2 years of experience strongly preferred
- Knowledge in principles, practices and procedures involved in
the operation of ionizing radiographic and radiation therapy
- Knowledge of the human anatomy and proper positioning of the
patient to provide treatment as prescribed.
- Ability to administer CPR in a medical
emergency.EducationSatisfactory completion of a 24 month course in
radiology technology and a 12 month course in radiation therapy
technology; or Satisfactory completion of a 24 month course in
radiation therapy technology; or Registered nurse who has
satisfactorily completed a 12-month course in radiation therapy
technology; or Satisfactory completion of a Bachelor of Science
degree in radiation therapy.ExperienceOne year clinical training in
Radiation Therapy.Degrees, Licensures, CertificationsCurrent
licensure as required by state or national authority and/or
certification or board eligible in Radiation Therapy by the
American Registry of Radiology Technology. Maintain ARRT
certification in radiation therapy with a minimum of documented 12
hours of continuing education.Duke 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 Functions: Certain jobs
at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include
essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental
abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for
reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring
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