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Cardiac Sonographer I

Requisition #

55775BR

Physical Location

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Posted Date

11-Sep-2019

Dept. Name

Echo Lab

Hours Per Week

40

Contract

Noncontract

Introduction

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospitals, 16 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services that provide home care, senior transitions, hospice care, home oxygen and medical equipment, and emergency medical transportation services. Allina Health is a vibrant, growing organization with opportunities to suit your professional skills and a diverse work environment to match your specific interests. We believe employees are our greatest asset and are dedicated to helping you develop and maximize your professional skills.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital, located in south Minneapolis, is the largest not-for-profit hospital in the Twin Cities and is recognized as an ANCC Magnet-designated hospital. It is known around the region and across the U.S. for its centers of excellence: cancer care through the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute; cardiovascular services in partnership with the Minneapolis Heart Institute; the Spine Institute; Neuroscience Institute; Orthopaedic Institute; perinatology, obstetrics and gynecology through WomenCare; physical rehabilitation through Courage Kenny Rehabilitation InstituteTM; and more. With 5,697 employees, 1,397 physicians and 633 beds, Abbott Northwestern Hospital cares for nearly 370,000 patients and their families each year from the Twin Cities area and throughout the Upper Midwest.

Responsibilities

Req ID: 55775
  • Candidate must be registered through RDCS or registry-eligible, post graduation
  • New graduates, eligible for hire, are expected to obtain registration within a year of hire date
  • Sonographer is expected to independently perform complete transthoracic studies, following ANW written protocols for adult echo
  • All competencies for the department must be passed within 90 days of hire
  • Orientation will occur over 6 weeks with a senior sonographer
  • Sonographer must be competent to document a written preliminary for each study
  • Sonographer must be competent to recognize abnormal, life threatening situations and alert appropriate physician to these findings effectively
  • Sonographer must know sterile technique, to assist with pericardial centesis
  • Sonographer must demonstrate ability to assist cardiologist with transesophageal exams
  • Knowledge of proper TEE probe disinfecting techniques must be demonstrated and annually assessed
  • Sonographer must demonstrate technical competency in the use of contrast agents
  • Sonographer must stay current in their CME status and be responsible for obtaining and recording these credits
  • Sonographer must be physically able to move ultrasound equipment to bedside for portable exams
  • Sonographer must demonstrate competency in using excellian, navicare, and syngo
  • Sonographer will be expected to present two powerpoint correlations annually, as required for accreditation
  • Sonographer must be willing to and able to assume call responsibilities within 3 months of hire
  • Sonographer must maintain biannual BLS certification

Education

  • High school diploma, or GED
  • AS, AAS or BS in cardiac ultrasound from an accredited health care program
  • 2 year of technical training and greater than 2 years experience performing cardiac ultrasound (sonographers registered before 1980)

Qualification/Skills

Experience

  • New graduate with minimum of 6 month clinical training from accredited cardiac ultrasound program
  • 0-3 years of competency performing adult echo
  • 0-3 years assisting with transesophageal echo
  • Eligible to begin training in stress echo

Skills

  • Knowledge of cardiac anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology
  • Understanding basic ultrasound physics
  • Ability to document a written preliminary summary of technical findings, using all modalities of cardiac exam
  • Assist with Transesophageal echo
  • Competency in utilizing epic and navicare software in patient care setting
  • Maintain appropriate infection control precautions
  • Identify a life-threatening situation and carry out emergency care
  • Maintain semiannual BLS certification

Licensure/Certification

  • RDCS or RDMS registration in Adult echo (or registry eligible)
  • BLS certification

Work Schedule

40 hours per week

Location/Community Information

Minneapolis boasts being both cosmopolitan yet small enough that you can find a place to call home whether on a lake, golf course, or in an adjoining suburb. With the fast pace of activity there are professional sports, theater, or enough parks for a quiet walk. The area has numerous schools and colleges, both public or private, and enough teams for all weekend athletes to join.

  • Located in Minneapolis
  • Population = 380,000
  • Service Area = 2,882,245

Community Resource Links:

Community Information School Digger

Explore Minnesota MN Dept of Education

Minneapolis St. Paul MagazineSt. Paul Pioneer Press

Twin Cities Living MagazineStar Tribune


Closing

If you are interested in becoming part of our award winning team of professionals, please apply online today. Allina Health is committed to providing Equal Employment Opportunities to all employees and applicants. EO M/F/Disability/Vet Employer.


Requisition #

55775BR
Cardio / Resp / Sleep / Neuro