Vanderbilt University Medical Center Senior (Lead) Radiation Therapist in Nashville, Tennessee

JOB CODE INFORMATION:

  1. Job Code: 5671

  2. Job Stream Description: Professional

Vanderbilt-IngramCancer Center

  • One of 47 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designatedComprehensive Cancer Centers, and the only one in Tennessee that conductsresearch and cares for adults and children with cancer.

  • Member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network(NCCN), a non-profit alliance of 27 of the world's leading cancer centerswho have come together to improve care for cancer patients everywhere.

  • Ranked #1 Cancer Center in Tennessee and 33rd in thenation, by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Nearly 300 researchers and physician-scientists ineight research programs.

  • A comprehensive team of more than 100 physicians withthe depth and breadth of experience to design a treatment plan customizedto every patient.

  • In addition to the Henry Joyce Clinic at The VanderbiltClinic, convenient community locations are located at One Hundred Oaks,Cool Springs, Franklin, Spring Hill, Springfield and Clarksville – withadditional locations coming soon.

  • A wide spectrum of services support patients individualneeds from diagnosis through survivorship, including education,prevention, screening, diagnosis, wellness services, hereditary cancerconsultation, treatment, palliative care and survivorship.

  • Enhancing cancer care in the region through affiliaterelationships with Baptist Memorial Health Care, Maury Regional MedicalCenter, NorthCrest Medical Center, and Williamson Medical Center.

  • Currently we are 7th in competitively awarded NCI grantfunding with over \$65 million; a total research base of over \$155 millionin research funding from public and private sources.

  • Privileged to serve more than 6,252 new cancer patientsand deliver care for more than 151,000 outpatient visits each year.

  • At the forefront of promising new therapies, withaccess to over 150 clinical trials at any given time.

  • Nationwide leaders in cancer survivorship, with one ofthe only centers in the country with a comprehensive program for cancersurvivors regardless of age, type of cancer or where they received theironcology treatment.

  • Developed www.mycancergenome.org , an award-winning online resource for geneticallyinformed cancer information, which has received visitors from over 200countries/territories.

UNIT SUMMARY:

Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Radiation Oncology is dedicated to delivering world class personalized care to our patients. We are nationally recognized as one of 27 NCCN Cancer Centers and one of 49 NCI- designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers. Our physicians are nationally recognized experts in your specific type of cancer and utilize state of the art equipment to deliver the most precise treatments possible. You will be working with medical physicists, radiation therapists, physicians, assistants, nurses, and radiation oncologists to help ensure that our patient receive the highest level of care.

JOB SUMMARY:

Leads all daily radiation therapy treatments/simulations administered by staff Radiation Therapists and oversee all technical activities with regard to services performed by the Radiation Therapists independently. Leads department Radiation Therapist resources to ensure all procedures are completed in a timely and efficient manner. Provides radiation therapist's staffing schedules and monitors all staff therapists' activities to ensure compliance to hospital and departmental policies and procedures. Participates and assists the Radiation Oncology Manager in long range planning activities relative to treatment/simulation services, capital and human resources for assigned areas of responsibility. Works as a staff Radiation Therapist as need dictates in treatment and simulation areas (90% clinical/10% administrative).

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Administers daily radiation therapy treatments to patients assigned to the treatment unit, accurately and efficiently, at a speed consistent with patient scheduling for pediatric, adult and geriatric patients.

  • Maintains records of daily treatment and other records as required.

  • Participates in orientation and training of all new radiation therapists to include treatment unit-specific procedures and protocols, on call-procedures, simulation procedures and protocols and provides feedback in a timely manner to clinic director.

  • Performs computed tomography (CT) simulation procedures and clinical simulations according to established department protocols.

  • The responsibilities listed are a general overview of the position and additional duties may be assigned.

TECHNICAL CAPABILITIES:

RADIATION THERAPY (INTERMEDIATE): - Demonstrates mastery of radiation therapy in practical applications of a difficult nature. Possesses sufficient knowledge, training, and experience to be capable of successfully delivering results without requiring support and instruction from others. Able to train and educate by setting the example, giving instruction, providing leadership, and generally raising the level of performance of others while on the job.

PATIENT DOCUMENTATION - (INTERMEDIATE): - Demonstrates mastery of patient documentation in practical applications of a difficult nature. Possesses sufficient knowledge, training, and experience to be capable of successfully delivering patient documentation services without requiring support and instruction from others. Able to train and educate by setting the example, giving technical instruction, providing leadership, and generally raising the level of performance of others while on the job.

COMPUTERIZED TOMOGRAPHY TECHNOLOGY (INTERMEDIATE): - Demonstrates mastery of computerized tomography technology in practical applications of a difficult nature. Possesses sufficient knowledge, training, and experience to be capable of successfully delivering computerized tomography technology services without requiring support and instruction from others. Able to train and educate by setting the example, giving technical instruction, providing leadership, and generally raising the level of performance of others while on the job.

TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT (NOVICE): - Has presented course modules as part of a program. Effectively prepared by demonstrating knowledge in course content, structure and objectives, as well as audience characteristics. Demonstrated audience sensitivity and awareness. Responded professionally to content questions.

CORE ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Organizational Impact: Independently delivers on objectives with understanding of how they impact the results of own area/team and other related teams.

  • Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Utilizes multiple sources of data to analyze and resolve complex problems; may take a new perspective on existing solution.

  • Breadth of Knowledge: Has advanced knowledge within a professional area and basic knowledge across related areas.

  • Team Interaction: Acts as a go-to resource for colleagues with less experience; may lead small project teams.

CORE CAPABILITIES:

SUPPORTING COLLEAGUES (P3):

    • Develops Self and Others: Invests time, energy and enthusiasm in developing self/others to help improve performance and gain knowledge in new areas.
    • Builds and Maintains Relationships: Maintains regular contact with key colleagues and stakeholders using formal and informal opportunities to expand and strengthen relationships.
    • Communicates Effectively: Recognizes group interactions and modifies one's own communication style to suit different situations and audiences.

DELIVERING EXCELLENT SERVICES (P3):

    • Serves Others with Compassion: Seeks to understand current and future needs of relevant stakeholders and customizes services to better address them.
    • Solves Complex Problems: Approaches problems from different angles; Identifies new possibilities to interpret opportunities and develop concrete solutions.
    • Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Provides ongoing support and coaching in a constructive manner to increase employees' effectiveness.

ENSURING HIGH QUALITY (P3):

    • Performs Excellent Work: Engages regularly in formal and informal dialogue about quality; directly addresses quality issues promptly.
    • Ensures Continuous Improvement: Applies various learning experiences by looking beyond symptoms to uncover underlying causes of problems and identifies ways to resolve them.
    • Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Understands all aspects of providing a safe environment and performs routine safety checks to prevent safety hazards from occurring.

MANAGING RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY (P3):

    • Demonstrates Accountability: Demonstrates a sense of ownership, focusing on and driving critical issues to closure.
    • Stewards Organizational Resources: Applies understanding of the departmental work to effectively manage resources for a department/area.
    • Makes Data Driven Decisions: Demonstrates strong understanding of the information or data to identify and elevate opportunities.

FOSTERING INNOVATION (P3):

    • Generates New Ideas: Proactively identifies new ideas/opportunities from multiple sources or methods to improve processes beyond conventional approaches.
    • Applies Technology: Demonstrates an enthusiasm for learning new technologies, tools, and procedures to address short-term challenges.
    • Adapts to Change: Views difficult situations and/or problems as opportunities for improvement; actively embraces change instead of emphasizing negative elements.

Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience), 1 year supervisory experience

  • Minimum 5 yrs RTTexperience

  • Minimum 2 yrs lead RTT(or equivalent) experience

  • Must have IMRT, SBRT,SRS experience

  • ARIA and Varianexperience preferred

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

  • American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Required

Additional Qualification Information:

  • Radiation Therapy (T) designation.

Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:

  • Medium Work category requiring exertion up to 50lbs of force occasionally and/or up to 20 of force frequently and/or up to 10 of force continually to move objects.

Movement

  • Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position

  • Occasional: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another

  • Occasional: Lifting over 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects from one level to another, includes upward pulling over 35 lbs, with help of coworkers or assistive device

  • Occasional: Carrying under 35 lbs: Transporting an object holding in hands, arms or shoulders, with help of coworkers or assistive device.

  • Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles

  • Occasional: Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching or maneuvering self, patient and equipment simultaneously while working in large and small spaces

  • Occasional: Climbing: Ascending or descending stairs/ramps using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.

  • Occasional: Kneeling:Bending legs at knees to come to rest on knee or knees.

  • Occasional: Crouching/Squatting: Bending body downward and forward by bending legs and spine.Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.

  • Occasional: Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.

  • Occasional: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.

  • Occasional: Bimanual Dexterity: Requiring the use of both hands.

  • Frequent: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.

  • Frequent: Walking: Moving about on foot.

  • Frequent: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.

  • Frequent: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.

  • Frequent: Fingering: Picking, pinching, gripping, working primarily with fingers requiring fine manipulation.

Sensory

  • Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.

  • Continuous: Auditory: Perceiving the variances of sounds, tones and pitches and able to focus on single source of auditory information

  • Continuous: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.

  • Continuous: Smell: Ability to detect and identify odors.

Environmental Conditions

  • Occasional: Chemicals and Gasses: Medications, cleaning chemicals, oxygen, other medical gases used in work area.

  • Frequent: Pathogens: Risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other contagious illnesses.

  • Frequent: Radiation: May be exposed to occupational radiation, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Radiation Safety Program which includes training, use of personal protective equipment with lead shielding, and personal dose monitoring.

Job Radiology/Imaging/Ultrasound

Organization: Radiation Oncology 201498

Title: Senior (Lead) Radiation Therapist

Location: TN-Nashville-Preston Cancer Research Building

Requisition ID: 1807720

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