Job Summary The Lead Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (LDCS) is responsible for assisting the Nursing Program Manager/Director of Nursing in the daily management of the Cardiology laboratory. Department responsibilities include but are not limited to: performing duties related to the role as Technical Director for IACEL accredited lab, including organizing and running quarterly meetings in collaboration with the Medical Director and staff, handling audit requests by IACEL, and maintaining appropriate documentation to meet IACEL requirements needed for re-accreditation. The LDCS serves as a liaison between the medical and technical staff.
The LDCS proficiently performs diagnostic tests utilizing advanced technical skills to direct cardiology testing used in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac diseases. The LDCS performs, teaches, trains and oversees the technical aspects of echocardiography and other cardiac diagnostic tests.
The role of the LDCS encompasses the performance of a full range cardiac testing, quality assurance and statistical data gathering as well as training and supervision of assigned staff in the performance of cardiac testing and patient care in an academic/research environment. The LDCS functions as a preceptor to staff and students and assists with patient scheduling and procedures to ensure efficient workflow.
School Education: High School Diplomaor GED; Graduate of a CAHEP accredited Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer program
Licenses & Certifications: Reg Diag Cardiac Sonographer (or) Registered Cardiac Specialist (RCS) through ARDMS or CCI, with second registry, either Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) or Registered Vascular Specialist (RVS) and/or Certified Cardiographic Technologist is required. Basic Life Support through a hospital based AHA program
Work Experience: Five (5) years of non-invasive diagnostic cardiac (EKG, Holter Monitoring (Scanning and Hookup), Exercise Treadmill Stress Testing, Nuclear Cardiac Stress Testing. Experience in coordination of the IACEL (Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for Echocardiographic Laboratories) accreditation required
Management Experience: Two (2) years technical supervisory or preceptor experience required. Operational experience related to patient scheduling and flow preferred
Communication Skills: Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact)
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: All aspects of diagnostic echocardiography including Stress echo (treadmill and dobutamine stress echo), TTE, TEE. Non-invasivediagnostic cardiac (EKG, Holter Monitoring (Scanning and Hookup)), Exercise Treadmill Stress Testing, Nuclear Cardiac Stress Testing. Knowledge of IACEL standards required. Knowledge and skills in intravenous (IV) placement and administrations of Ultrasound Enhancing Agents
Work Schedule: Flexible
Equipment Operated: Various ultrasound and cardiology related machines.
The Harris Health System is a fully integrated healthcare system that cares for all residents of Harris County, Texas. We are the first accredited healthcare institution in Harris County to be designated by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Patient-Centered Medical Home, and are one of the largest systems in the country to achieve the quality standard. Our system includes 23 community health centers, five school-based clinics, a dental center and dialysis center, mobile health units, a rehabilitation and specialty hospital and two full-service hospitals.Ben Taub Hospital is a world renowned Level I Trauma Center with 586 licensed acute-care beds and provides a wide range of specialty care outpatient services. Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital is a 328 licensed bed acute-care hospital with a newly expanded Level III trauma center and a distinguished regional center for neonatal intensive care for high-risk deliveries.Harris Health is a teaching system for Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). We train the next generation of healthcare providers on the latest medical procedures and technological breakthroughs.With... our fully integrated electronic medical records system, we offer patients the convenience and assurance that their medical history is accurate, safe and available when and where it is needed. Our Medical Home designation ensures that we offer a full range of preventive, specialty and acute care services for the entire family.