Echo Sonographer (Days)
Posted on: November 22, 2020
The Echo Sonographer I is an entry level sonographer who performs a
variety of routine echocardiograms including, but not limited to,
Transthorasic Echocardiogram or TTE, with Color, Spectral Doppler
and 2-D imaging, Transesophageal Echocardiogram TEE, Plain Stress
Echocardiogram or Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram, TTE with
bubbles, TTE with contrast and advanced TTE such as TTE with 3D
imaging, for both inpatient and outpatient studies. Locates,
evaluates and records pertinent anatomical, pathological and
functional data while using different systems of ultrasound
equipment. Transmits exams to compatible DICOM storage
applications, processes preliminary technical data in designated
interpreting system, and communicates any significant findings to
the attending reading physician. This job requires availability to
be on call.
PATIENT AGE GROUP SERVED
Refer to departmental Scope of Service and Provision of Care plans,
as applicable, for description of primary age groups and
populations served by this job for the respective HM entity.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
PEOPLE - 20%
* Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a
dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one another to
achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members
of the patient care team by actively communicating and reporting
pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive
SERVICE - 30%
* Performs cardiac echo studies while ensuring precise and accurate
data is transmitted for physician completion.
* Provides care for the physical needs of patients when conducting
the cardiac echo studies. As well as, educates patients who require
inpatient or outpatient echo exams by providing explanations of
purpose and techniques used during the exam. Proactively identifies
issues and how to address them for optimum outcomes.
* Provides direct assistance to physicians and other health care
team members during cardiac echo studies including, patient
preparation before procedures and performs proper sterile
techniques as indicated in support of the procedure.
QUALITY/SAFETY - 30%
* Identifies and recognizes cardiac structures accurately,
including: calculate valve area, pressure gradients and ejection
fraction when performing echo studies. Confirms the quality of the
study is concise and clear to optimize best images for the patient
care team and interpreting physician.
* Identifies abnormal findings when performing exams or processing
data and takes corrective action or communicates immediately, when
appropriate, to proper personnel for the best results.
* Maintains proper sterile techniques for procedures, regularly
practices aseptic techniques, and ensures compliance with infection
control procedures. Complies with job, departmental and hospital
safety standards, practices and policies.
* Ensures all patient care equipment has had QC performed as
required and is in safe working order prior to use. Reports any
malfunctions to management and regularly practices preventive
maintenance procedures; calls for service if needed.
* Provides accurate and complete documentation of patient
procedures. Enters charges at the time service is delivered, when
* Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies.
Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and
prioritize daily tasks.
* Participates in departmental projects and shared governance
* Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline
competencies with a focus on continual development as a
This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; the
employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job
duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise
job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.
Graduate of education program approved by the credentialing body
for the required credential(s) indicated below
Successful completion of a clinical rotation in a cardiovascular
echosonography program or 6 months of cardiac sonographer
experience required to include on the job training in
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED
American Heart Association BLS
Must have one of the following credentials:
Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) from American
Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)
Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) or Registered Congenital
Cardiac Sonographer (RCCS) from Cardiovascular Credentialing
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
* Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely
perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills and
* Possesses basic computer knowledge; operates multiple computer
systems to include, Hospital / Radiology/ Cardiology Information
Systems and Office software to maintain patient and exam
* Exhibits strong interpersonal and team player skills with all
levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent
customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and
* Adapts to multiple ongoing priorities with minimal supervision
including, organizing workflow and actively participating in
* Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the
English language necessary to perform the essential functions of
this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or
employee safety or security
* Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians,
family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a
customer service focus and application of positive language
Activity Checklist attached (see below)
Includes office, patient care units, and invasive procedure
May include exposure to hazardous chemicals, blood borne pathogens
Adherence to universal precautions is required.
Extended periods of standing and walking are required.
Able to flex hours and work other shifts to meet needs related to
unanticipated acuity; meet operational needs.
Assumes on-call responsibilities when required and operates as
Equal Employment Opportunity
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engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person
employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis
of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or
other characteristics protected by law.
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