Howard University Hospital | Washington, DC

    Lead Perinatal Sonographer

    Job Title
    Lead Perinatal Sonographer
    Job ID
    27492290
    Location
    Washington,  DC 20060
    Other Location
    Description

    With over 150 years of caring for our community and each other in the Washington DC area, Howard University Hospital has a world-renowned reputation for high-quality, patient-centric care. Howard University Hospital is the nation’s only teaching hospital located on the campus of a Historically Black University and has created a superior learning environment, with groundbreaking research and positive patient outcomes.
     
    Howard University Hospital seeks to hire a Lead Perinatal Sonographer who will embrace our reach and historic tradition of excellence. If you want to make a difference in someone’s life every day, consider a position with a team of professionals who are doing just that, making a difference. 
     
    The Lead Perinatal Sonographer:
    Under general supervision, the Lead Sonographer provides patient care by performing diagnostic sonograms of a high technical quality. Responsible for coordinating patient scheduling and daily work assignments, and serves as a resource for Ultrasonographers. Recommend changes in procedures, policies, and quality improvement, as well as coordinates training and development of the Sonographers, keeping them advised of technological changes. The Lead Sonographer will also be involved in development of the Perinatal Center to include budget planning, equipment maintenance and purchases, and implementation of new procedures.  

    • Coordinates and assigns daily work flow and to access and determines coverage (staffing), deployment of technological staff to various care areas. 
    • Provides technical guidance to ultrasound staff, residents and ultrasound students to help resolve difficult problems or questions which arise in the conduct or execution of ultrasound procedures; assumes responsibility for assigning more complicated procedures including 3D, 4D technology for all types of exams. Assists with invasive/intraoperative procedures; mentors other staff in complex exams.
    • Participates in the orientation and training of ultrasound staff, directing and instructing staff on ultrasound procedures and departmental policies and standards, as directed. Oversees orientation and precepting plan of new staff and students.
    • Provides input into Ultrasonographer performance evaluations and disciplinary process. Oversees peer review feedback and summarizes feedback for performance evaluation preparation. Provides feedback on daily work performance, correcting errors and recommending alternate work methods under the guidance of the supervisor
    • Reviews requests for ultrasound procedures and assists in prioritizing consultation with the supervisor. Helps to ensure that procedures are performed according to established standards and with optimal efficiency. Maintains a smooth operational, efficient and productive workflow
    • Provides direct patient care, including assessing patient condition and ability to cooperate. Positions patients and equipment, prepares patients for procedures and continually monitors and records vital signs. Observes for reactions and signs of impending complications and intervening as needed.
    • Moves staff across continuum of skill by mentoring others in advancement of skills, certification and new technology.
    • Leads unit level process improvement related to ultrasound practice and principles. Identifies and problem solves adverse events, near misses, and operational processes as related to ultrasound practice.
    • Maintains unit compliance with JCAHO, DCRA, local and Federal regulatory standards.
    • Ensures the availability of support services, supplies and equipment to facilitate patient care
    • Exercise responsibility to ensure that the ultrasound equipment is functioning accurately.   
    • Assume responsibility for the preventive maintenance program for ultrasound equipment
    • Participates in evaluating assigned staff; trains and orients assigned staff; assists the Manager in personnel actions such as hiring, disciplinary actions. Attends Lead technologists meetings
    • Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.  The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive


    Qualified candidates will possess:

    • Ability to lead team of technical professionals to achieve department goals and initiatives.
    • Ability to use independent judgement and demonstrates problem-solving abilities
    • Processes good communication skills when interacting with team and management
    • Demonstrate professionalism, positive attitude and provide patients with optimal, personalized care
    • Able to address patient concerns during the procedure and explain the process to the patient to provide comfort, ensure their safety, and guarantee they are receiving the best care possible
    • Knowledge of sonographic appearances of anatomy and disease processes pertinent to the clinical area assigned.
    • Knowledge of ultrasound theory, safety, principles and techniques including physics, instrumentation, procedures and equipment. Familiar with general ultrasound exams and the different probes used for exams
    • Ability to troubleshoot equipment to ensure it is running smoothly to avoid downtime
    • Capable of lifting moderate to heavy loads and standing for extensive periods of time

    Qualified candidates will require:

    • Graduate from an AMA approved school of Ultrasound Technology is required
    • Five (5) years’ experience and clinical knowledge in perinatal clinical specialty.
    • One (1) year of previous leadership experience preferred
    • Registered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers required. Registered in fetal echocardiography by ARDS required (or obtained within 12 months). Registered in Abdomen and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Registered in Vascular Technology is recommended.Applicable certifications by Fetal Medicine Foundation or SMFM in Nuchal Translucency. Experience in MF 

    At Howard University Hospital our job is to care for you. We do this by offering:

    Work life balance
    Recognition and rewards for professional expertise
    Competitive, comprehensive benefit plans offered (including health, disability, vacation, sick leave, and 403B retirement plan)
    100% free tuition to attend Howard University for you and/or your dependent children
     

    COVID-19 Vaccination 

    Howard University Hospital requires all external applicants to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before commencing employment.  External Applicants may be required to furnish proof of vaccination and, if offered, may elect to be vaccinated at a designated Howard University Hospital location. 

    Required Skills

    Under general supervision, the Lead Sonographer provides patient care by performing diagnostic sonograms of a high technical quality. Responsible for coordinating patient scheduling and daily work assignments, and serves as a resource for Ultrasonographers. Recommend changes in procedures, policies, and quality improvement, as well as coordinates training and development of the Sonographers, keeping them advised of technological changes. The Lead Sonographer will also be involved in development of the Perinatal Center to include budget planning, equipment maintenance and purchases, and implementation of new procedures.

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