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Radiation Therapist - Cancer Center - Duke Hospital - Durham - PRN

Employer
Duke University
Location
CANCER CTR 0-0

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Details

Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 1,048 licensed inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 65 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; a separate hospital outpatient surgical department with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area.

For 2021-2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke University Hospital nationally in 11 adult specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear, nose & throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, gynecology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery, and urology. Duke University Hospital is also ranked first in North Carolina and first in the Raleigh-Durham area.

In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.

Occupational Summary

Apply ionizing radiation to the patient (inclusive of pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations) in accordance with the prescription and instructions of the Radiation Oncologist and under the general supervision of the Chief Therapist.

Work Performed

  • Deliver accurately the prescribed planned course of radiation therapy with minimal supervision.
  • Check prescription, diagnosis, chart and patient identification.
  • Explain procedure to patient, means of communication during treatment and procedure to follow if emergency arises during treatment.
  • Reinforce Radiation Oncologist's advice to patient regarding reactions to treatment and their care.
  • Prepare room and equipment for patient according to prescription regarding immobilization devices, field size, treatment distance, lead protection devices, etc.
  • Transfer patient safely to treatment couch, giving special care to catheters, intravenous drips, etc.
  • Check daily treatment time and delivers prescribed dose.
  • Maintain visual and audible communication with the patient during treatment.
  • Maintain patient markings.
  • Observe patient for unusual reactions and events and report accurate information to the nursing staff and/or Radiation Oncologist. Observe radiation safety measures for patient and personnel.
  • Perform simulations.
  • Assist in tumor localization procedures, preparation of immobilization devices, etc.
  • Assist in dosimetry procedures (i.e. Prescription calculations). Obtain weekly port films and present such at chart rounds for review by Radiation Oncology staff.
  • Assume weekly on- call status on a rotation basis.
  • Maintain records of daily treatment and other records as required by department quality assurance and quality improvement activities.
  • Secure and maintain supplies.
  • Secure x-ray and lab reports as needed.
  • Report erratic operation of equipment to Chief Radiation therapist, Radiation Physicist and/or Medical Engineer.
  • Participate in departmental PI (Performance Improvement) activities.
  • Assist in the hiring and orienting of new personnel. Attend weekly QA rounds, monthly therapy meetings, and educational in-services.
  • Incorporate department and hospital policies and procedures into care provided.
  • Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Aria Software and Varian experience strongly preferred
  • 2 years of experience strongly preferred
  • Knowledge in principles, practices and procedures involved in the operation of ionizing radiographic and radiation therapy equipment.
  • Knowledge of the human anatomy and proper positioning of the patient to provide treatment as prescribed.
  • Ability to administer CPR in a medical emergency.
  • Education

    Satisfactory completion of a 24 month course in radiology technology and a 12 month course in radiation therapy technology; or Satisfactory completion of a 24 month course in radiation therapy technology; or Registered nurse who has satisfactorily completed a 12-month course in radiation therapy technology; or Satisfactory completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in radiation therapy.

    Experience

    One year clinical training in Radiation Therapy.

    Degrees, Licensures, Certifications

    Current licensure as required by state or national authority and/or certification or board eligible in Radiation Therapy by the American Registry of Radiology Technology. Maintain ARRT certification in radiation therapy with a minimum of documented 12 hours of continuing education.

    Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

    Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

    Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

    Organization

    Read our Diversity Profile History

    Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

    As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

    Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

    Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

    Mission Statement

    Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

    “To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.Duke Meeting

     “By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”

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