The Radiation Therapist simulates and provides radiation oncology treatments to patients according to the plan prescribed. The Radiation Therapist is also responsible for the safety of the patients, for observing and documenting any reactions to treatment, updating charts and answering any radiology related questions the patients might have. It is also the duty of a Radiation Therapist to maintain equipment and follow all safety regulations regarding radiation exposure. This position also reinforces and adheres to the core values of the company in order to achieve the mission and vision.
Reasonable Accommodations Statement:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Essential Functions Statement(s):
Administers prescribed doses of radiation to specific body parts, using radiation therapy equipment according to established practices and standards.
Positions patients for treatment with accuracy according to CT simulation and planning orders.
Enters data into computer using ARIA, create documents, create and manage tasks. Follow principles of radiation protection for patient, self, and others.
Maintains and updates EMR.
Reviews prescription, diagnosis, patient charts, including consents, pathology, special alerts and treatment plans.
Performs daily Quality Assurance procedures on Linear Accelerator and HDR unit to ensure proper operation of radiation therapy equipment.
Observes and reassures patients during treatment and report unusual reactions to physicians.
Assess patient’s condition daily including skin irritation, nausea, hair loss and general health condition.
Educates, prepares and reassures patients and their families by answering questions, providing physical assistance, and reinforcing physicians' advice regarding treatment reactions and post-treatment care.
Verifies daily treatment dosages delivered during each session.
Prepares and constructs treatment devices for positioning and immobilization during CT plan simulations to be used for daily treatment.
Uses IGRT to adjust patient position as directed by physician for daily radiation treatments.
Trains and supervises student technologists or subordinate radiotherapists.
Acts as liaison with physicists, radiation oncologists, dosimetrists and RO nurses.
Provides assistance and communication to other department personnel as needed for standard of patient care.
Conducts treatment sessions, in accordance with the long-term treatment plan as prescribed by the radiation oncologist.
Operates CT scanner for the purpose of treatment planning.
Follows established policies, procedures, quality improvement objectives, environmental and radiation safety and infection control standards.
SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Education and Experience:
Bachelor of Science degree in Radiation Therapy, or, an Associates of Science in Radiologic Technology and a certificate in Radiation Therapy.
Two plus years related experience as a Radiation Therapist
Knowledge in principles, practices and procedures involved in the operation of ionizing radiographic and radiation therapy equipment.
Knowledge of the human anatomy and proper positioning of the patient to provide treatment as prescribed.
Working knowledge of procedures employed with Radiation Hazards, Material Safety Data Sheets and their application.
Ability to administer CPR in a medical emergency.
Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with patients, physicians, radiation therapists, and other employees.
Intermediate to advanced computer skills
Certificates & Licenses:
Current licensure as required by state or national authority and/or certification or board eligible in Radiation Therapy by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology.
Maintain ARRT certification in radiation therapy with a minimum of 24 documented hours of CEU’s over a 2 year period.
Internal Number: 10172019
About New Mexico Cancer Center
NMOHC is a private practice whose doctors have a track record of aggressively managing cancer, the side effects of the treatments and the disease so that its patients feel better and get to spend more time at home.
As a result of this patient-centered focus, NMOHC is one of a handful of practices in the entire country – and the only one in New Mexico – to receive full accreditation from NCQA as an Oncology Medical Home. NMOHC received this designation because of its commitment to delivering patient-centered care that is easier to access and keeps patients happier, healthier and at home with the people they love instead of sitting in the hospital.