Echo Sonographer - Pediatrics
Location: Sugar Land
Posted on: April 13, 2019
The Pediatric Echo Sonographer performs a range of routine to
complex echocardiograms including but not limited to Transtohorasic
Echocardiogram or TTE, with Color, Spectral Doppler and 2-D
imaging, Transesophagiel Echocardiogram TEE, Plain Stress
Echocardiogram or Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram, TTE with
bubbles, TTE with contrast and advanced TTE/TTE with 4D imaging,
for both inpatient and outpatient studies. Independently performs
and evaluates patients for known or unknown complex congenital or
structural heart defects which could require surgical
reconstruction, repair or replacement. Requires proficiency to
locate, evaluate and record pertinent anatomical, pathological and
functional data while using different systems of ultrasound
equipment. Transmits exams to compatible DICOM storage
applications, processes preliminary technical data in designated
interpreting system, and communicates any significant findings to
the attending reading physician. This job requires availability to
be on call.
PATIENT AGE GROUP SERVED
Neonate (Birth to 28 days)
Infants/Toddlers (29 days to 18 months)
Toddler (18 months to 3 years)
Preschooler (3-6 years)
School Age (6-12 years)
Adolescence (12-18 years)
Young Adult (19-40 Years)
Middle Adult (40-65 Years)
Mature Adult (65 years and older)
HOUSTON METHODIST EXPERIENCE EXPECTATIONS
I.Provides personalized care and service by consistently
demonstrating our I CARE values:
INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional,
ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.
ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our
RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity,
EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for
others to emulate.
II.Focuses on patient/customer safety
III.Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards
IV.Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by
following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive
Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)
V.Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their
needs are being met
VI.Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports by
enabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to
the given job
PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
PEOPLE - 30%
1.Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a
dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one other to
achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members
of the patient care team by actively communicating and reporting
pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive
SERVICE - 30%
1.Performs cardiac echo studies, while ensuring precise and
accurate data is transmitted for physician completion.
2.Provides care for the physical needs of patients when conducting
the cardiac echo studies. Educates patients who require inpatient
or outpatient echo exams by providing explanations of purpose and
techniques used during the exam. Proactively identifies issues and
how to address them for optimum outcomes.
3.Provides direct assistance to physicians and other health care
team members during cardiac echo studies including, patient
preparation before procedures and performs proper sterile
techniques as indicated in support of the procedure.
1.Identifies and recognizes cardiac structures accurately,
including: calculate valve area, pressure gradients and ejection
fraction when performing echo studies.
2.Identifies abnormal findings when performing exams or processing
data and takes corrective action or communicates immediately, when
appropriate, to proper personnel for the best quality outcomes.
3.Confirms the quality of the study is concise and clear to
optimize best images for the patient care team and interpreting
4.Maintains proper sterile techniques for procedures, regularly
practices aseptic techniques, and ensures compliance with infection
control procedures. Complies with job, departmental and hospital
safety standards, practices and policies.
5.Ensures all patient care equipment has had QC performed as
required and is in safe working order prior to use. Reports any
malfunctions to management and regularly practices preventive
maintenance procedures; calls for service if needed.
FINANCE - 10%
1.Provides accurate and complete documentation of patient
procedures. Enters charges at the time service is delivered, when
2.Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies.
Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and
prioritize daily tasks.
GROWTH/INNOVATION - 10%
1.Participates in departmental projects and shared governance
2.Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline
competencies with a focus on continual development as a
This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; the
employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job
duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise
job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.
Successful completion of an approved cardiovascular echosonography
program (preferred is one recognized by the Commission on
Accreditation for Allied Health Education).
Minimum two years experience in pediatric echocardiography
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED
American Heart Association BLS
Must have one of the following credentials:
-Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) from American
Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) with a Pediatric
Echocardiography (PE) specialty
-Registered Congential Cardiac Sonographer (RCCS) from
Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI)
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
to perform the Essential Functions of the Job
Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely
perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills and
Possesses basic computer knowledge; operates multiple computer
systems to include, Hospital / Radiology/ Cardiology Information
Systems and Office software to maintain patient and exam
Exhibits strong interpersonal and team player skills with all
levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent
customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and
Adapts to multiple ongoing priorities with minimal supervision
including, organizing workflow and actively participating in
Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the
English language necessary to perform the essential functions of
this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or
employee safety or security
Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians,
family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a
customer service focus and application of positive language
Equal Employment Opportunity
Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which
Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not
engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person
employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis
of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or
other characteristics protected by law.
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Since 1998, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has been serving
Fort Bend and the surrounding counties. Residents have come to rely
on a level of compassionate care and leading-edge technology that
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