Sr Echo Sonographer (1.0FTE, Days)

Category: Radiology
Job Type: Full-Time
Shift: Days
Location:  Emeryville CA 94608
Req: 13048
FTE: 1


1.0 FTE, 8 Hour Day Shift

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is the heart and soul of Stanford Children’s Health. Nationally ranked and internationally recognized, our 311-bed hospital is devoted entirely to pediatrics and obstetrics. Our six centers of excellence provide comprehensive services and deep expertise in key obstetric and pediatric areas: brain & behavior, cancer, heart, pregnancy & newborn, pulmonary and transplant. We also provide an additional, wide range of services for babies, kids and pregnant moms.

Job Summary

This paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of the job.

Under the direction of the echocardiography laboratory leadership, the cardiac sonographer is responsible for the acquisition of congenital cardiac ultrasound studies. Demonstrates basic knowledge of congenital cardiac abnormalities, cardiac pathology, and palliative/corrective congenital heart procedures, cardiac hemodynamic principles, and understands the diagnostic imaging necessary in order to answer the clinical questions. Uses diagnostic ultrasound to perform cardiac ultrasound studies on assigned patients of all ages and across all hospital environments. Assists in gathering ultrasound, and other medical data necessary to allow the physician to reach a medical diagnosis. Shows a capacity for critical thinking, judgement, and skill throughout the role. Helps to ensures that equipment is functional and maintained for immediate use. Participates in outreach clinics, weekend, holiday coverage, and on-call services as assigned. Maintains records and reports on equipment, procedures performed and billing.

 Essential Functions

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification.  They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities.  Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.

Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the hospital’s policies and procedures, including its Service Standards and its Code of Conduct.

* Reviews indications for exam and other pertinent medical information in preparation for the echocardiogram.

* Performs appropriate infection prevention.

* Identifies patient per policy, including an introduction and explanation of the examination process to the patient, creates a warm environment for patients and family, instructs and assists patient throughout the procedure.

* Utilizes ultrasound equipment to obtain diagnostic images on patients with anatomy ranging from normal to complex in accordance with imaging protocols.

* Appropriately seeks guidance with knowledge and imaging in difficult and complex lesions.  

* Presents and reviews echocardiographic studies with physician and obtains additional images as requested.

* Performs quantitative assessment of echocardiographic data in accordance with imaging protocols.

* Completes studies in an efficient manner.

* Utilizing the cardiology PACS, documents observations and quantifications made during the study for final review and interpretation by the reading physician or other qualified medical professional.

* Ensures studies are archived on the cardiology PACS network.

* Ensures that ultrasound equipment & accessories are maintained and functioning.

* Participates in maintaining records for research cases.

* Participates in regular quality improvement efforts.

 Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education: Requirement met by License/Certification Requirement.

Experience: Two (2) years of progressively responsible and direct work experience.


 Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.

•    Ability to apply judgement and make informed decisions.

•    Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

•    Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with widely diverse groups, including individuals at all levels both within and outside the organization and gain their cooperation.

•    Ability to follow written and oral instructions.

•    Ability to interpret physician instructions and patient medical and clinical records to determine type of ultrasound procedure to be performed.

•    Ability to perform echocardiography on varied patient population.

•    Ability to work effectively as a team player.

•    Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and congenital/acquired cardiac pathology as they relate to the use and interpretation of ultrasound diagnostic procedures.

•    Knowledge of computer systems and software used in functional area.

•    Knowledge of principles of the PACS network and/or other electronic image processing and image development systems.

•    Knowledge of principles of ultrasound physics. Knowledge of safety principles and procedures related to ultrasound procedures and equipment.

•    Knowledge of ultrasound diagnostic procedures and equipment/instrumentation.