Radiation Therapist - Per Diem, Antelope Valley

    • Palmdale, CA

About City of Hope
City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 6,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go together with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

Position Summary:
Provides radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by the Radiation Oncologist according to established policies and procedures, standards and practices.

Essential Functions:

  • Delivers a prescribed and planned course of radiation therapy to patients; answers patient questions and explains procedures.
  • Performs simulation procedures as ordered by the Radiation Oncologist and according to established policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Adheres to the charge accumulation process implemented for the radiation oncology department and appropriately all charges for procedure performed.
  • Checks prescription, diagnosis, EMR, patient identification, etc.
  • Interfaces with the medical physicist, simulation therapist and Dosimetrist at initiation of treatment; consults with supportive care staff including physicians and nurses to provide high quality patient care.
  • Prepares room and equipment for patient. Stocks room with linen, supplies and orders as needed.
  • Reinforces recommendations given to patients by the physician, nurse, dietitian, etc., concerning reaction to treatment and care of the radiated area, prevention or treatment of generalized and local side effects.
  • Observes patient for any unusual reactions to events.
  • Demonstrates ability to tailor care based on unique requirements of patients’ age and developmental needs. Exhibits knowledge of patient’s developmental needs and demonstrates skills necessary to deliver patient care to that population.
  • Assists in tumor localization and dosimetry procedures.
  • Checks images for all treated areas and shows these to the physician; changes therapy as ordered.
  • Assists in training other radiation therapy staff as needed.
  • Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, professional affiliations, current literature, in-service meetings and workshops.
  • Attends meetings as required
  • Participates in the performance improvement process and related projects
  • Demonstrates understanding of COH mission and vision statement. Provides quality service to customers, employees and visitors in the performance of work assignments and duties.
  • Implements and maintains established radiation oncology center policies, procedures and objectives, as well as quality assurance, safety, environmental and infection control policies.
Follows established City of Hope and department policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines, including adherence to the workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Plan. Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

Position Qualifications:
Minimum Education:
• Post High School Vocational/Specialized Training in an accredited Radiation Therapy Education Program.
Minimum Experience:
• 0-3 years related experience, depending on training.
Required Courses/Training:
• Graduate of accredited radiologic technology course plus radiation therapy course.
Required Certification/License:
• Licensed by California State Department of Health (Certified in Radiation Therapy); Registration by ARRT;
• Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification (adult & pediatric).

Preferred Education:
• Bachelor of Science degree preferred.
• IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy), SRS (Stereotactic Radiologic Surgery), TBIT (Total Body Irradiation Therapy), CT based Simulation.
• Provide clinical instruction and/or supervise students.

City of Hope is a leading nonprofit clinical research center—fighting major life-threatening diseases and delivering hope with exceptional treatment, prevention, and educational programs.

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