The Radiation Therapist performs radiotherapy procedures according to departmental and hospital policy and procedures.
Provides patient care, treatment, and services within the scope of their license, certification, registration, and/or assessed competencies. Practice will be in accordance with laws and regulations and will adhere to established policies, procedures and practice guidelines.
- Provides therapeutic radiation and related services to patients
- Accurately simulates and administers prescribed dosage to patients as required as a staff radiation therapist.
- Accurately positions patient and applies appropriate auxiliary devices for immobilization.
- Records treatments accurately.
- Makes changes / adjustments to ports as required by physicians.
- Performs portal verification as required by physicians via manual or electronic methods.
- Reports patient progress and observes patients for side effects or complications and reports same appropriately to nurse and / or physician including, but not limited to, weekly chart rounds.
- Utilizes record and verify computers.
- Reports and documents incidents within the Radiation Oncology department immediately through the proper channels, using proper forms as specified by departmental and/or hospital procedure.
- Ensures necessary clinical information is included in patient radiotherapy chart.
- Ensures that simulation and portal films are properly labeled.
- Ensures prescription information is complete before administration of radiotherapy.
- Completes documentation of radiotherapy treatments both in patient record and daily logbook or other methods.
- Participates in continuous quality improvement teams and activities.
- Participates in supporting the organization’s vision, mission and values and adheres to DeKalb Medical Standards of Behavior.
- Performs other duties as assigned to meet the goals and objectives of DeKalb Medical.
Minimum Education, Experience and Licensure Required:
- ARRT license required
- Two (2) years experience as a staff radiation therapist in a large, progressive Radiation Oncology department preferred.
- Graduate of a JRCERT approved school Registered through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Radiation Therapy.
- Certification in current cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
- Exceptional technical skills, clinical knowledge, discretion, judgment, and ability to function independently.
- Knowledge of use and care of therapeutic radiation equipment.
- Attention to detail, good judgment, precision, accuracy, and professionalism.
- Ability to work harmoniously with patients and staff.
- Capable to meet task orientated duties in any of the clinical assignments to include: Linear accelerators, simulator, and mold room.
- Demonstrates a keen awareness of clinical situations and utilizes appropriate judgment.
- Performs skills and competencies as defined in orientation checklist and annual departmental competency checklist if applicable.
- Demonstrates and maintains competencies specific to patient population served.
- Reports to: Lead Therapist, Manager, Director of Radiation Oncology
- Positions Supervised: None