To apply ionizing radiation to the patient in accordance with the prescription and instructions of the physician.
Under clinical supervision of the Chief, Radiation Therapist, Administrative Director Radiation Oncology, and the professional direction of a radiation oncologist, performs various radiation therapy treatments and/or simulations at a technical level requiring minimal supervision of technical details.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Consistently administers treatment safely and accurately through proper setup, positioning, machine preparation, and monitoring as planned and prescribed by the radiation oncologist.
Follows principles of radiation protection (ALARA) for patient, self, and others
Consistently performs and documents assessment of review of the orders; treatment plan; signed consent; correct laterality; correct site; signatures of dosimetrist, physicist, and radiation oncologist; patient set-up; bolus; pacemaker; etc. ( see Assessments under Therapy in EMR, Mosaiq for therapist assessment responsibilities)
Keeps accurate documentation of treatment or CT delivery in patient record.
Performs basic calculations.
Prepares and maintains scheduling of treatments, imaging procedures, simulations, transportation, and other appointments.
Correctly charges patients for services rendered.
Performs time-out prior to delivery of radiation or CT scanning.
Provides daily care and monitoring of patient's treatment tolerance, making necessary referrals.
Observes all safety rules for patients and staff per Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC); follows principles of radiation protection.
Observes hospital and departmental policies and procedures.
Attends departmental meetings and in-service
Upon request, actively participates on committees.
Fabricates custom blocks and molds as needed.
Maintains a clean work environment.
Demonstrates skills and knowledge necessary to provide care appropriate to pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients, including knowledge of growth and development, the ability to obtain and interpret information to identify patient needs, and to provide the care needed.
Consistently performs assigned work safely, adhering to established departmental safety rules and practices.
Reports to management staff, in a timely manner, any unsafe activities, conditions, hazards, or safety violations that may cause injury to oneself, other employees, patients and visitors.
Effectively manages change and encourages innovation.
Collaborates with other members of the Radiation Oncology team, through demonstrated involvement and initiation in department operations.
Mentors less experienced Radiation Therapists.
Actively participates in the clinical training of students from affiliated Radiation Therapy programs
Performs other related duties as required.
SCOPE, PURPOSE, AND FREQUENCY OF CONTACTS:
Frequent contact with nursing, support staff, physicians, physicists, dosimetrists, social workers, escort personnel, Clinical Engineering, patients, and their families. Some contact with service personnel and maintenance staff
DIRECTION/SUPERVISION OF OTHERS:
Chief Radiation Therapist, Administrative Director and Radiation Oncologist
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
High school diploma
Graduate of an accredited school of Radiation Therapy (CHEA, University-based)
Minimum 5 years of experience in specialty and employed
-Minimum 5 years of experience in specialty and employed a minimum of 2 years at Christiana Care
Associate degree or working toward an associate degree; Bachelor's Degree preferred
Previous leadership or senior Radiation Therapist experience preferred
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY REQUIREMENTS:
Strong knowledge in the field of Radiation Oncology
Knowledge in medical terminology
Knowledge of hospital and departmental policies and procedures.
Skill in math, science, oral and written communication.
Skill in organization.
Proficient use of computers
Ability to properly operate all equipment.
Ability to assess the needs of the patient.
Ability to react positively in an emergency situation.
Board certification in Radiation Therapy Technology (ARRT)
State of Delaware licensure as Radiation Therapist; Maryland License may be required
Frequent standing, walking, lifting, pushing and pulling patients; frequent lifting of heavy objects
Clean, spacious comfortable environment. Minimal exposure to radiation. Possible exposure to disease bearing specimens, gases, chemicals, and elements.
Internal Number: JR55314
About Christiana Care Health System
Christiana Care Health System is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and is one of the country's largest health care providers, ranking 21st in the nation for hospital admissions. Christiana Care is proudly a Nurse Magnet recognized institution. Christiana Care Health System is also one of the largest health care providers in the mid-Atlantic region, serving all of Delaware and portions of seven counties bordering the state in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. A not-for-profit, non-sectarian health system, Christiana Care includes two hospitals with more than 1,100 patient beds, and is a major teaching hospital with two campuses. Christiana Care is continually recognized for excellence on a regional and national level. Our role in the community is expressed in the Christiana Care Way: "We serve our neighbors as respectful, expert, caring partners in their health. We do this by creating innovative, effective, affordable systems of care that our neighbors value."Christiana Care is a great place to work because we value diversity and recognize it to be a core part of our success. Because of the diversity of our employees, affiliated health professionals and volunteers, we are... positioned to meet the unique needs of our patients and community. We acknowledge and celebrate the uniqueness and talent of each employee. Because of our talented workforce we are able to provide a quality healthcare experience to our patients and community. We strive to create an inclusive environment in which individual diversity can be leveraged and thrive. Christiana Care Health System is an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.