Company: Palmetto Health
Posted on: June 12, 2021
Inspire health. Serve with compassion. Be the difference.
Under the direction of the manager and the medical director, the
staff sonographer qualified by professional credentialing, academic
and clinical experience provides diagnostic patient care services
using diagnostic medical sonography. Sonographer may be required to
cover various shifts, weekends and holidays. All team members are
expected to be knowledgeable and compliant with Prisma Health's
values: Inspire health. Serve with compassion. Be the difference.
- Identify patients by using two patient demographic identifiers.
Review physician orders for the procedure to be performed. Checks
for appropriate clinical information and expected date. Checks
orders for procedural contraindications. Performs all Ultrasound
procedures using independent judgment during the sonographic exam
to accurately differentiate between normal and pathological
findings. Analyses sonograms, synthesizing sonographic information
and medical history, and communicates findings to the appropriate
physician. Imaging quality is acceptable by quality control
standard to include all protocol requirement . Stays abreast of
organizational, affiliate and departmental changes/updates by
checking email on each shift. Performs other duties as
- Keeping customer service goals in mind, explains procedure to
patient and introduces self and identifies department. Greets
patients professionally. Guides patients to appropriate areas.
Ensures patients are in correct area for their procedure. Informs
patients and their family members of all delays (including
estimated wait time). Maintains patient and their families comfort
as best as possible (warm blankets, extra pillows, etc.) Arranges
for interdepartmental transportation service, using correct area
ID's. Transporting patients if necessary; especially patients to
and from the radiology observation area and/or the emergency
- Obtains appropriate supplies and prepares room for patient.
Maintains a sanitary and organized environment. Stock work area
with linens/supplies as needed, reporting voids. Dispose of used
supplies, soiled linen, trash and bio-hazardous materials according
to hospital policy. Maintain proper disinfectant of the endovaginal
transducers. Remaining knowledgeable about equipment that is
required for each exam and must be proficient with all equipment in
the department. Patient flow is controlled for most efficient use
- Complies with departmental downtime protocols. Charges
procedure and supplies when exam is completed. Adds charges when
appropriate. Assists in maintaining an empty list of outstanding
charges, investigates and / or reports, and explains reason for
charges listed as outstanding. Help troubleshoot improper charges
and assist in getting them added in a timely manner. Assist in
getting ultrasound cases read when a dictation is not found.
- Resolves scheduling conflicts with other healthcare
departments. Seeks to promote intra, inter, and external
- Maintains ethical standards of relationships and
communications. Assures the relieving shift has received hand off
communication about the patients prior to staff leaving the work
area. Communicates information and follows through on instructions
received from the radiologist, radiology physician assistant and /
or fellow sonographer(s).
- Operates the PAC's system appropriately and verify studies
before sending to be read. Verify case is available and complete
with necessary comments, measurements. Checking hourly and / or at
the end of the shift for exams that need to be read are seen by
radiologist. Assures that all appropriate consents are signed
(scanned to medical records).
- Familiarizes self with, and compliantly incorporates, all HIPPA
mandates of the Department of Radiology and of the Prisma Health
System. Follows Prisma Health guidelines in regards to e-mail,
voice mail, and Internet communications. Proficient in the use of
telephone equipment with a professional manner and proper phone
etiquette. Maintains pleasant, helpful attitude during all phone
communications. Maintains, knows and understands computers,
printers and fax machine. When needed maintains paper and
cartridges and calls help desk. Faxes reports when requested.
Reports equipment problems to appropriate personnel and, when
applicable, records confirmation numbers in appropriate logbook.
Keeps passwords current.
- Recognize and respond appropriately to emergency situations.
Monitoring conditions in the department that may hinder or
compromise patient care. Notifies appropriate persons in regards to
unsafe conditions (electrical, fire, chemical, equipment). Be alert
to and aware of unauthorized persons in the ultrasound department.
Such persons are to be challenged as to their identity and purpose
for being in the department. This applies to all unknown persons
irrespective of uniform dress or official identification
- Mentor newly hired sonographers in the departmental policies
and procedures. Instruct sonography students in methodology of
departmental procedures and protocols. Participate in supervision
of students / volunteers assigned to the sonography department.
Evaluate / document student progress as per protocol of academic
institution. Communicate with clinical instructors and/or
department heads as necessary. Facilitate medical student
observations. Performs quality checks on sonograms. Recognizes
issues, makes recommendations for corrections. Demonstrates
excellent skills in independent judgement and critical thinking.
Demonstrations knowledge and skill to troubleshoot complex studies.
Assists other sonographers with complex studies that require a
higher skill level. Able to troubleshoot problems including but not
limited to PACS and ultrasound equipment.
In Lieu Of
Team members in this job as of 11/08/2020 are grandfathered from
the minimum requirements listed above pending state and regulatory
Required Certifications, Registrations, Licenses
Credentialed Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) by
the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)
Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
Variable (United States of America)
Greenville Memorial Med Campus
1008 Greenville Memorial Hospital
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Keywords: Palmetto Health, Greenville , Sonographer-GMH-PRN*, Other , Greenville, South Carolina
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