Cardiac Sonographer
Department Echocardiography-H
Location La Crosse
Schedule/Shift 8 Hour Shift, Days, Nights, Weekends
FTE 1 FTE
Benefit Eligible Yes
Temporary Position No
Job Details

Shift - Typically Days, Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 4:00pm.  This does include Night and Weekend call 1 in 10.

 

This position will be involved in outreach.


The Cardiac Sonographer performs high quality m-mode, 2-D Doppler, and color flow echocardiography. Approximately 80% of the volume is adult patients and 20% is pediatric patients.  Some sonographers learn to perform fetal echocardiograms.  Perform stress echoes and assists cardiologist with Transesophageal Echocardiograms.

Job Responsibilities
  • Ability to operate all cardiac ultrasound equipment including real-time m-mode, pulse-wave, continuous-wave and color flow Doppler.
  • Ability to perform high quality diagnostic echocardiograms on adult and pediatric patients using all available modalities.  Some will need the ability to perform high quality diagnostic echocardiograms on fetal patients.

  • Ability to perform all the modalities of the Echo Department to include: TEEs, and Stress Echoes.
  • Performs contrast imaging under the direction of a cardiologist.
  • Responsible for administering echo contrast agent (Definity or Optison) to improve the delineation of the LV endocardial border when requested or indicated.

  • Responsible for administering agitated saline contrast in patients when questioning an atrial septal shunt or intrapulmonary shunt when requested or indicated.

  • Develop an intricate working knowledge of all cardiac anatomy and its variances.
  • Responsible for designated measurements needed on all exams along with designated paperwork and data entries.
  • Demonstrates cross-sectional anatomy through proper patient positioning and transducer selection to determine normal from abnormal anatomy. Extends the scope of the exam to appropriately investigate pathology and symptoms.
  • Provide interpreting physicians with oral and/or written summary of exam findings. Contributes technical, professional knowledge, and observation to the final diagnosis.
  • Assume responsibility of proper patient care during exam.
  • Provide general maintenance and cleaning of Echo Lab and Echo equipment.
  • Rotate through the "on-call" schedule on nights and weekends.
  • Rotate through the mobile Echo schedule.
  • Promotes the mission, vision, and values of the organization and department.
  • Performs Intravenous Therapy starts and DC Intravenous Therapy as needed.  

  • Performs other job-related responsibilities as requested.
  • Scope of the Job
    Age Specific Population Served Pediatric (1 - 12 years)
    Infant (less than 1 year)
    Geriatric (65 years & older)
    Adult (18 - 64 years)
    Adolescent (13 - 17 years)
    OSHA Category Category I - All Employees in this job title have a reasonably anticipated risk of occupational exposure to blood and/or other potentially infectious materials.
    Position Qualifications
    Education and Experience:
    Required Post High School education in a specialized field:   Graduate of an approved or accredited school of Echocardiography  
    or a related field.
    Desired  

    Work Experience:
    Required 6 months Cardiac Sonographer internship successfully completed.
    Desired 1 year echocardiography ultrasound work experience.
    Skills:
    Required Ability to...
    Communication communicate with ease on a professional level
    Communication effectively communicate in technical and lay language
    General - All Positions perceive and respond sensitively to the needs of others
    General - All Positions have professional attitude in regard to motivation, cooperation, flexibility, confidentiality, ethics and personal development
    General - All Positions provide excellent customer service to people both inside and outside the organization
    General - All Positions work cooperatively with a wide variety of people
    Leadership use effective time management
    Reasoning/Decision Making appreciate people whose values, goals, and cultures are different from your own
    Reasoning/Decision Making be flexible
    Reasoning/Decision Making be determined
    Desired Ability to...
    License and Certifications
    Required Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer - Adult Echocardiography (RDCS-AE) or Cardiovascular Credentialing (CCI) within one year of hire date and 
    Current American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider CPR certification; Heart Saver, Rescue and Military training network CPR; or the American Red Cross CPR certification (CPR) except Citizen and Animal classes 
    Desired Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer - Adult Echocardiography (RDCS-AE)  
    Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography - Pediatric Echocardiography 
    Physical Requirements/Demands of the Position
    Sitting Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
    Static Standing
    Walking/Standing Continually (67-100% or 8 hours)
    Driving
    Stooping/Bending
    Squatting Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Kneeling/Half Kneel Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Climbing Stair Occasionally (6-33% or 3 hours)
    Climbing Ladder
    Reaching - Shoulder Level Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
    Reaching - Below Shoulder Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
    Reaching - Above Shoulder Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
    Repetitive Actions - Pinch Forces Pounds of force:
    Repetitive Actions - Grip Forces Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours) Pounds of force: 0-25
    Repetitive Actions - Fine Manipulation Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
    Balance - Right Leg
    Balance - Left Leg
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    Environmental Conditions
    Exposed to infectious diseases.
    Not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (as in typical office or administrative work).

    Cardiac Sonographer

    Equal Opportunity Employer