Radiation Therapist

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority Madison, WI
Join the #1 hospital in Wisconsin as a Radiation Therapist!

The Radiation Therapist is responsible for administering therapeutic doses of ionizing radiation; using advanced level linear accelerators and Tomotherapy treatment units; and record and verify treatment software; as well as simulating patients in accordance with prescription and instruction of radiation oncologists.

The Radiation Therapist performs routine, complex, and specialized work as well as integration and administration of new technology. Complex patient procedures include: stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS); fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy (FSRT); pulsed reduced dose rate treatments (PRDR); advanced use of the ARIA electronic radiation oncology software, optical guidance, OSMS, respiratory management, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), dynamic wedge, cone beam CT imaging (CBCT), total body irradiation, View Ray treatments, SBRT, and complex tumor localization and tracking procedures. The incumbent provides patient care within a broad range of health care needs, including operating radiographic equipment in the special procedures suites. In addition to performing complex procedures independently, this position is responsible for providing clinical instruction to radiation therapy students as well as patient scheduling, anticipating changes in field boosts, simulations, dose limitations, and proper billing and documentation.

The Radiation Therapist is responsible for contributing to the efficient operation of the department. The Radiation Therapist is expected to become proficient in the specialized areas that their supervisor deems necessary by one year of date of hire. Work at this level is performed under the general supervision of the Radiation Therapist Lead and the Radiation Therapy Services Technical Supervisor.

Education:

Minimum - Graduate of a School in Radiation Therapy Technology

Licenses and Certifications:

Minimum - Certified as a Radiation Therapist by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

* Ability to function safely and effectively as a radiation therapist in the clinical environment

* Ability to interpret medical terminology and to communicate with patients and family concerning patient related needs and problems

* Ability to interpret basic computerized treatment plans, to identify anatomic structures on radiographs and cross-sectional images

* Ability to communicate (understand written and oral communication) with medical staff, nursing, clerical and radiation oncologists involved with patient care

* Ability to effectively send, receive and respond to information; including the ability to read, write, listen, speak, observe and use computers

* Clinical Skills

* Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology; radiation physics; radiation biology; pathology and malignant disease; tissue and organ dose tolerances

* Knowledge to assess and evaluate psychological and physical changes in the patient's condition and formulate appropriate actions

* Knowledge of basic sterile and isolation technique

* Knowledge of principles for transferring, positioning, immobilizing and restraining patients. Knowledge of safely transporting patients, including those with fractures and spinal cord injuries

* Ability to interpret patient side effects and/or complications in order to create an interdisciplinary management strategy that fosters prevention, healing and comfort

* Ability to operate complex radiation therapy equipment, specialized diagnostic x-ray/CT equipment, electronic portal imaging, ARIA software, MLC (multi-leaf collimator equipment), dynamic wedges, Tomotherapy, View Ray, tracking systems, and other new technologies as implemented

* Knowledge of special procedures, such as but not limited to stereotactic, respiratory control techniques, SBRT, OSMS

* Knowledge of age specific requirements for communication with and clinical care of children (pediatrics and adolescents), adults, and elderly patients

* Ability to make appropriate set-up decisions based upon identification of anatomy on images and comparison to standard treatment images with minimal supervision of higher level therapists and radiation oncologists

Physical Requirements:

Medium: Ability to lift up to 50 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Work Schedule:

100% FTE, 40 hours per week. Employee could work anytime between 7:00AM and 7:00PM, but it will typically be 9:30AM - 6:00PM during the week. An occasional Saturday morning may be required. Holidays are a sign-up and you are on call only if needed. Hours may vary based on the needs of the department.

University Hospital in Madison is a Magnet®-designated facility that's ranked Wisconsin's #1 hospital and considered one of the nation's leading hospitals, teaching institutions and referral centers.

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UW Hospital and Clinics benefits

UW Health values and embraces diversity and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.