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Cardiac Sonographer II

Requisition #

51076BR

Physical Location

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Posted Date

09-Jan-2019

Dept. Name

Non-Invasive Cardio

Hours Per Week

36

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.

United Hospital, located in downtown St. Paul, Minn., is the largest hospital in the Twin Cities east metro area, providing innovative services and programs, such as the Nasseff Heart Center, United Heart; Vascular Clinic and Vascular Center; neuroscience care through the John Nasseff Neuroscience Institute for the treatment of brain aneurisms, Bentson Family Foundation Neurological Intensive Care Unit, Brain Tumor Center and the Nasseff Neuroscience Center; as well as psychiatry, womens health, surgical, rehabilitation and emergency services. With 2,949 employees, more than 1,000 physicians and 546 licensed beds, United Hospital provides a full range of health care services to 200,000 inpatients and outpatients each year.

Responsibilities

Req ID: 51076
  • 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 United's 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 and Synapse
  • 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

  • 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 Synapse 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

This is a 0.9 FTE position (work 9 days in 2 week pay period).
Shifts will be primarily on weekdays with an occasional weekend shift.

Location/Community Information

With beautiful natural settings along the Mississippi River, St. Paul embodies a large ethnically diverse population with restaurants, cultural entertainment, and shopping venues for everyone. Downtown St. Paul features a number of historic buildings including the State Capitol, the Fitzgerald Theater, the Landmark Center, the St. Paul Hotel, and breathtaking views of the Mississippi River. The city is also home to the Science Museum of MN, the Xcel Energy Center (home of the MN Wild hockey team), and the MN History Center. St. Paul offers many private, alternative, and public school options from elementary through college and a wide array of housing options from old historic homes to new construction. The Twin Cities is consistently ranked near the top of Fortune's list of best cities in the world for work and family. A healthy business climate, opportunities for employment, good transportation, and an entrepreneurial environment are amongst the contributing factors.

  • Located in St. Paul
  • Population = 287,000
  • Service Area = 1,600,000

Community Resource Links:

Community Information School Digger

Explore Minnesota MN Dept of Education

Minneapolis St. Paul MagazineSt. Paul Pioneer Press

Twin Cities Living Magazine

Star 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 #

51076BR
Cardio / Resp / Sleep / Neuro