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.
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.|
|Education and Experience:|
|Required||Associate degree in
Radiotherapy Technology from an accredited school
|Desired||Bachelor's degree in
|Required||No experience required.|
|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|
|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
|Physical Requirements/Demands of the Position|
|Walking/Standing||Continually (67-100% or 8 hours)
|Stooping/Bending||Frequently (34-66% or 5.5 hours)
|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)
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|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:|
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|Exposed to infectious diseases.
Frequently in close quarters.
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