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Cardiac Sonographer II

Requisition #

56862BR

Physical Location

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Posted Date

02-Aug-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: 56862
  • Must be registered through RDCS
  • Expected to independently perform complete transthoracic studies, following ANW written protocols for adult echo
  • Must be competent to document a written preliminary for each study
  • Must demonstrate ability to assist cardiologist with transesophageal exams
  • Must demonstrate knowledge of proper TEE probe disinfecting techniques, using Cidex OPA, and be assessed, annually
  • Must proficiently capture stress echo imaging, within 90 seconds impost
  • Must be able to maintain identical cardiac window for each of 4 phases of Dobutamine stress echo
  • Must demonstrate technical competency in the use of contrast agents
  • Must be able to follow multiple research protocols, completing detailed studies along with required paperwork
  • Must be able to follow LVAD protocols, and document all acquired data for ramp studies
  • Must be experienced in HCM transthoracic echo and be ready to learn HCM stress Doppler echo
  • Must be competent to recognize abnormal, life threatening situations and alert appropriate physician to these findings effectively
  • Must know sterile technique, to assist with pericardial centesis
  • Must stay current in their CME status and be responsible for obtaining and recording these credits
  • Must be physically able to move ultrasound equipment to bedside for portable exams
  • Will be expected to present two powerpoint correlations annually, as required for accreditation
  • Must be willing and able to assume call responsibilities within 3 months of hire

Education

  • High school diploma or GED
  • AS, AAS or BS in cardiac ultrasound from an accredited health care program
  • 2 years of medical technical training (radiology, ultrasound, etc.) with more than 5 years experience performing cardiac ultrasound, and national registration (this refers to sonographers registered before 1980)

Qualification/Skills

Experience

  • 3 years performing adult echo
  • 3 years assisting with transesophageal echo
  • 2 years stress echo experience
  • EPIC and Syngo experience preferred

Skills

  • Knowledge of cardiac anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology
  • Ability to document a written preliminary summary of technical findings, using all modalities of cardiac exam
  • Assist with Transesophageal echo, including 3D technology
  • Competency to perform stress/dobutamine stress echo, independently
  • Competent to perform over 25 research echo protocols
  • Ability to determine the need for use of contrast agents in stress study, and the exclusion criteria for the use of definity
  • Knowledge of what valvular screening is mandatory before performing stress/dobutamine studies for patient safety
  • Must be competent in HCM transthoracic echo, and ready to learn HCM stress echo
  • Implement appropriate infection control precautions
  • Understand basic ultrasound physics
  • Identify a life-threatening situation and carry out emergency care
  • Maintain semiannual BLS certification

Licensure/Certifications

  • RDCS registration
  • BLS certification

Work Schedule

  • 40 hours/week
  • Day/Eve Shifts
  • Five - Eight Hour Shifts or Four - Ten Hour Shifts

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 #

56862BR
Cardio / Resp / Sleep / Neuro