Radiation Therapist
Department Radiation Oncology-H
Location La Crosse
Schedule/Shift 8 Hour Shift, Days
FTE 0.01 FTE
Benefit Eligible No
Temporary Position No
Job Details

The Radiation Therapist is responsible for operating radiation therapy equipment to precisely simulate and treat patients with prescribed doses of ionizing radiation as prescribed by the Radiation Oncologist.

Job Responsibilities
  • Works with Gundersen Health System patients to accurately deliver the prescribed course of radiation therapy. Responsible for documentation of daily treatment, and communicates with the Radiation Oncologist. Reports any variations or suggested changes in the policies to the Radiation Oncologist or the Medical Physicist.

  • Performs precise simulation procedures. Checks with the Radiation Oncologist for completeness of the simulation procedure. Completely records all patient and machine set-up parameters. Explains procedures to the patient as required. Obtains patient consent signature. Performs periodic processor quality control procedures.

  • Responsible for demonstrating effective communication and interpersonal sensitivity with patients. Observes patient for unusual reaction or events. Discusses with patient physical and emotional feelings, and relays these to the Radiation Oncologist.

  • Organizes daily treatment and simulation schedule in cooperation with other therapists and the departmental secretary for efficient department operation.

  • Performs daily warm-up of all equipment according to department policies. Maintains supplies in the treatment room, simulator room, and the film stock.

  • Carefully observes and follows all departmental radiation, mechanical and electrical safety policies. Pays particular attention to patient safety in regard to transferring patients on and off treatment couch and in placement of shielding devices above the patient. Keeps rooms and equipment clean and safe for operation. Reports any erratic machine operation or potential unsafe situations to the Medical Physicist.

  • Performs routine beam-on time or monitor setting calculations according to prescription. Has calculation reviewed by Radiation Oncologist and Radiation Physicist according to departmental policies.

  • Performs assigned weekly chart checks according to departmental procedures.

  • Responsible for clinical instruction to students of the UW-L/Gundersen Health System RTT Internship Program.

  • Performs other job-related responsibilities as requested.

  • Scope of the Job
    Age Specific Population Served Geriatric (65 years & older)
    Adult (18 - 64 years)
    Adolescent (13 - 17 years)
    Infant (less than 1 year)
    Pediatric (1 - 12 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 Associate degree in   Radiotherapy Technology from an accredited school 
    Desired Bachelor's degree in  Radiation Therapy  

    Work Experience:
    Required No experience required. 
    Desired 1 year 
    Skills:
    Required Ability to...
    Computer Systems/Software/Applications use Microsoft Office Products, Adobe and other similar applications
    Computer Systems/Software/Applications patient record systems
    Communication excellent oral and written communication skills
    Communication communicate with ease on a professional level
    General - All Positions work cooperatively with a wide variety of people
    General - All Positions use listening skills to identify important information in oral communication
    General - All Positions provide excellent customer service to people both inside and outside the organization
    General - All Positions have professional attitude in regard to motivation, cooperation, flexibility, confidentiality, ethics and personal development
    Reasoning/Decision Making be flexible
    Reasoning/Decision Making be professional, honest and have personal integrity
    Reasoning/Decision Making have positive attitude
    Reasoning/Decision Making appreciate people whose values, goals, and cultures are different from your own
    Desired Ability to...
    License and Certifications
    Required American Registry of Radiologic Technologists-Radiation Therapy (ARRT-T) within three months 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
    Physical Requirements/Demands of the Position
    Sitting
    Static Standing
    Walking/Standing Continually (67-100% or 8 hours)
    Driving
    Stooping/Bending Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
    Squatting
    Kneeling/Half Kneel
    Climbing Stair
    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 Pounds of force:
    Repetitive Actions - Fine Manipulation
    Balance - Right Leg
    Balance - Left Leg
    Lifting - Floor to Waist Number of lbs:
    Lifting - Waist to Overhead Number of lbs:
    Lifting - Other Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours) Number of lbs:
    Carrying - Long Carry (>50 feet) Number of lbs:
    Carrying - Short Carry Number of lbs:
    Carrying - Right Carry Number of lbs:
    Carrying - Left Carry Number of lbs:
    Carrying - Push/Pull (Static Force) Number of lbs:
    Other:
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    Environmental Conditions
    Exposed to infectious diseases.
    Frequently in close quarters.

    Radiation Therapist

    Equal Opportunity Employer