(job available)Chief Radiation Therapist - Memphis, TN

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  1. Michael

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    Chief Radiation Therapist

    A client of ours in Tennessee is seeking a Chief Radiation Therapist.

    They are a premier center for research and treatment of potentially fatal diseases, including cancer
    and certain blood, genetic, and immunodeficiency disorders. This client is dedicated to providing
    unsurpassed patient care and to advancing the health through biomedical research.

    Here is the full job description:


    Assumes primary responsibility for the direct supervision and training of all radiotherapists
    relative to technical aspects of treatment and simulation, including operation of radiation therapy
    equipment. Recruits, selects and evaluates personnel in conjunction with the Clinical Director,
    schedules staff, assigns workload, and coordinates instruction of students in the clinical setting.
    Acts as a role model, setting high standards and exceptional performance for Radiation Therapists.
    This position also is responsible for assisting, when appropriate and necessary, in the delivery of
    patient care.


    Supervisory Function

    Plans, directs and supervises the activities of staff. Assures adequate staffing for delivery of
    radiation therapy, including that required for peak volumes or staff shortages (secondary to
    illness, vacations, or vacancies) in order to provide quality patient care and assure proper
    efficiency and productivity relative to personnel and machine resources: Maintains daily work
    schedule of therapists on simulator and treatment units, Maintains weekly call schedule of
    therapists including holidays, Establishes therapists vacation schedule, Is responsible for
    therapist timecards, Provides training of new personnel in Radiation Oncology, including the
    orientation of Radiation Oncology fellows and residents regarding special pediatric treatment
    techniques, Develops and oversees therapists' rotation and on-call assignments.

    Participates in recruitment, selection, training and development of new staff: Selects and orients
    new staff and provides on-going staff development, Determines the qualifications and competence of
    radiotherapy personnel, Motivates, evaluates and communicates with employees, Evaluates employees
    in an ongoing, thorough and timely manner, Coaches, counsels and administers disciplinary process
    as needed.

    Monitors and reports clinical progress of Radiation Therapy students in the work area: Provides
    accurate and thorough instruction of students in the clinical area, Allows students to perform
    procedures with direct supervision, Provides timely completion of student clinical evaluations,
    Provides feedback to student if corrective action is needed, Ensures that a positive therapist /
    student relationship is maintained.

    Contributes to educational and public relations mission: Receives and processes employee and
    patient/parent complaints. Communicates with patients/parents and visitors, Organizes in-service
    training/education for Radiation Therapists, Develops and organizes on-going continuing education,
    both within the Radiation Oncology department and to other departments as necessary.

    Patient Care Function

    Provides therapeutic radiation and related services to patients: Schedules patients to assure
    maximum efficiency and productivity relative to personnel and machine resources, Ensures capture of
    all appropriate treatment charges, Ensures accuracy of departmental statistics, Accurately simulates
    and administers prescribed dosage to patients as required as a staff radiation therapist, Accurately
    positions patient and applies appropriate auxiliary devices for immobilization, Records treatments
    accurately. Makes changes / adjustments to ports as required by physicians, Performs portal
    verification as required by physicians via manual or electronic methods, Reports patient progress
    and observes patients for side effects or complications and reports same appropriately to nurse and
    / or physician including , but not limited to, weekly chart rounds, Performs block fabrication,
    Performs dose calculations when needed, Assists with treatment planning studies (i.e. CT, MRI),
    Communicates with nursing service relative to patient care.

    Administrative Function

    Acts as part of the management team of Radiation Oncology: Assists in the development of
    departmental policies, Implements policies related to radiation therapists, Develops a system of
    accountability regarding the development and implementation of procedure manuals related to
    radiation oncology (including treatment, simulation, and planning related activities), Documents
    radiotherapy functions (treatment, simulation) via manual or automated methods.

    Follows and contributes to quality assurance programs and procedures: Performs quality control (warm-
    up) as scheduled, Notifies proper personnel in case of equipment malfunction immediately to ensure
    patient safety, Collects data as assigned, Identifies and reports potential problem areas as they
    occur, Reports and documents incidents within the Radiation Oncology department immediately through
    the proper channels, using proper forms as specified by departmental and / or hospital procedure,
    Submits reports when requested, Follows recommended Federal, State and Institutional safety
    procedures and guidelines.

    Maintains appropriate treatment related equipment and supplies: Performs weekly inventory and
    informs Radiation Oncology System Administrator of need to order when supply levels are low, Stocks
    area with necessary supplies daily as needed, Assures cost effective utilization of supplies,
    Maintains supply stores in an orderly manner. Maintains clean work area daily.

    Performs or directs clerical duties associated with Radiotherapy: Ensures necessary clinical
    information is included in patient radiotherapy chart, Ensures that simulation and portal films are
    properly labeled, Ensures prescription information is complete before administration of
    radiotherapy, Completes documentation of radiotherapy treatments both in patient record and daily
    logbook or other methods, Retrieves / files radiotherapy films, charts, or paperwork as necessary,
    Submits required radiotherapy data to the various funded cooperative cancer study groups.


    Maintains professional demeanor and patient service orientation at all times. Adapts to department
    change and works accordingly to uphold department philosophy via implementation of newly assigned
    activities within reasonable time frames. Assists in other clinical areas as assigned by supervisor.
    Works diligently to uphold philosophy of care. Actively participates by offering innovative ideas
    for betterment of care or efficiency of technical operations. Assures day-to-day tasks are
    accomplished in an organized, efficient manner. Maintains competence through attendance at mandatory
    and other job related educational opportunities: Provides evidence of registration as a R.T. (T).
    Maintains current standing in ARRT. Attends and participates in chart rounds. Performs other related
    duties as assigned in order to meet the goals and objectives of the department and institution.


    Graduate of JRCERT approved school. Bachelor's degree preferred.

    EXPERIENCE: Three to five years experience as a staff radiation therapist in a large, progressive
    Radiation Oncology department. Previous supervisory experience required.

    Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Radiation Therapy. Certification in current
    cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

    SPECIAL SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES: Human Resource management skills, communication (both
    written and verbal) skills, organizational, and motivational skills. Exceptional technical skills,
    clinical knowledge, discretion, judgment, and ability to function independently. Knowledge of use
    and care of computer-controlled therapeutic radiation equipment. Attention to detail, good judgment,
    precision, accuracy, and professionalism. Ability to work harmoniously with patients and staff.
    Capable to meet task orientated duties in any of the clinical assignments to include: Linear
    accelerators, simulator, and mold room. Demonstrates a keen awareness of clinical situations and
    utilizes appropriate judgment.

    WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work environment characteristics described here are
    representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
    essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to risk of
    radiation. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes, cytoxic conditions infectious diseases,
    shock, cuts, burns, falls, slips, and needle punctures; toxic and caustic chemicals used to process
    x-ray film; and stressful situations. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to
    successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
    enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties
    of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or
    feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move
    up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance
    vision, depth perception, color discrimination and ability to adjust focus.

    If qualified and interested, please send resume to [email protected]
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