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Sonographer IV
Kaiser Permanente | Walnut Creek, California
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Job Description

Under the direction of the Imaging Services Director and Chief of Radiology/ Imaging Services, or other Clinical Service Director where applicable, produces two-dimensional ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by Physician in diagnosis of disease and study of malfunction of organs. Performs technological functions to ensure optimal diagnostic quality of patient care utilizing efficient and safe processes.
 
Essential Functions:
Exhibiting a high degree of tact, courtesy, and poise, explains procedures to patient to reduce anxieties and obtain patient cooperation.  Prepares and positions patient for examination.
Selects equipment for use in ultrasound setup according to specifications of examination. 
Selects transducer and adjusts equipment controls according to organ to be examined, depth of field, and other specifications of test. 
Starts equipment that produces images of internal organs and records diagnostic data on magnetic tape, computer disk, strip printout, or film.
Moves transducer, by hand, over specified area of body and observes sound wave display screen to monitor quality of ultrasonic pattern produced.
Photographs images of organs shown on display module or removes strip printout from equipment to obtain permanent record of internal examination.
Keys test data and patient information into computer of ultrasound equipment to maintain record of test results.
Orients new hires.
Performs other related duties as necessary.
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
Under the direction of the Imaging Services Director and Chief of Radiology/ Imaging Services, or other Clinical Service Director where applicable, produces two-dimensional ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by Physician in diagnosis of disease and study of malfunction of organs. Performs technological functions to ensure optimal diagnostic quality of patient care utilizing efficient and safe processes.
 
Essential Functions:
Exhibiting a high degree of tact, courtesy, and poise, explains procedures to patient to reduce anxieties and obtain patient cooperation.  Prepares and positions patient for examination.
Selects equipment for use in ultrasound setup according to specifications of examination. 
Selects transducer and adjusts equipment controls according to organ to be examined, depth of field, and other specifications of test. 
Starts equipment that produces images of internal organs and records diagnostic data on magnetic tape, computer disk, strip printout, or film.
Moves transducer, by hand, over specified area of body and observes sound wave display screen to monitor quality of ultrasonic pattern produced.
Photographs images of organs shown on display module or removes strip printout from equipment to obtain permanent record of internal examination.
Keys test data and patient information into computer of ultrasound equipment to maintain record of test results.
Orients new hires.
Performs other related duties as necessary.
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Qualifications

Basic Qualifications:
Sonographer I, II, III, IV,V:
High School Diploma/GED.
ARDMS (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers).
BLS required.  
In addition to the qualifications above: 
Sonographer I
Must have 1 ARDMS registry in any specialty.
Must demonstrate competency and perform the specialty routinely.
Sonographer II 
Must have 2 ARDMS (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers) in any specialty.
Must demonstrate competency and perform both specialties routinely.
Sonographer III
Must have equivalent of 3 years (6,240 hrs) continuous ultrasound experience within the last 6 years with no more than 1 year break in experience within the last 4 years.       
Must have 3 ARDMS registries in any specialty.
Must demonstrate competency and perform all 3 specialties routinely.
Sonographer IV
Must have equivalent of 5 years (10,400 hrs) recent ultrasound experience within the last 10 years with no more than 1 year break in experience within the last 4 years. 
Must be registered and competent in 5 ARDMS registries that are performed by the Lab.
Must demonstrate competency and perform all 4 specialties routinely.
Sonographer V
Must have equivalent of 5 years (10,400 hrs) recent ultrasound experience within the last 10 years with no more than 1 year break in experience within the last 4 years. 
Must be registered and competent in 5 ARDMS registries that are performed by the Lab.
Must demonstrate competency and perform all 5 specialties routinely.
Basic Qualifications:
Sonographer I, II, III, IV,V:
High School Diploma/GED.
ARDMS (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers).
BLS required.  
In addition to the qualifications above: 
Sonographer I
Must have 1 ARDMS registry in any specialty.
Must demonstrate competency and perform the specialty routinely.
Sonographer II 
Must have 2 ARDMS (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers) in any specialty.
Must demonstrate competency and perform both specialties routinely.
Sonographer III
Must have equivalent of 3 years (6,240 hrs) continuous ultrasound experience within the last 6 years with no more than 1 year break in experience within the last 4 years.       
Must have 3 ARDMS registries in any specialty.
Must demonstrate competency and perform all 3 specialties routinely.
Sonographer IV
Must have equivalent of 5 years (10,400 hrs) recent ultrasound experience within the last 10 years with no more than 1 year break in experience within the last 4 years. 
Must be registered and competent in 5 ARDMS registries that are performed by the Lab.
Must demonstrate competency and perform all 4 specialties routinely.
Sonographer V
Must have equivalent of 5 years (10,400 hrs) recent ultrasound experience within the last 10 years with no more than 1 year break in experience within the last 4 years. 
Must be registered and competent in 5 ARDMS registries that are performed by the Lab.
Must demonstrate competency and perform all 5 specialties routinely.

About Kaiser Permanente

Company Description

Serving approximately 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia, Kaiser Permanente is America's leading nonprofit integrated health plan.

Kaiser Permanente's mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve.

Our Northern California Region provides integrated health care services to approximately 3.2 million members. Approximately 4,400 physicians of The Permanente Medical Group provide services at 20 medical centers and numerous medical offices.

Company History

Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente is the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plan, serving more than 8.6 million members, with headquarters in Oakland, Calif. It comprises:

  1.   • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

  • Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries

  • The Permanente Medical Groups.

At Kaiser Permanente, physicians are responsible for medical decisions. The Permanente Medical Groups, which provide care for Kaiser Permanente members, continuously develop and refine medical practices to help ensure that care is delivered in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

Kaiser Permanente’s creation resulted from the challenge of providing Americans medical care during the Great Depression and World War II, when most people could not afford to go to a doctor. Among the innovations it has brought to U.S. health care are:

  • prepaid health plans, which spread the cost to make it more affordable

  • physician group practice to maximize their abilities to care for patients

  • a focus on preventing illness as much as on caring for the sick

  • an organized delivery system, putting as many services as possible under one roof

Mission & Values

As a health care organization in the 21st century, we have a mission--to provide quality care for our members and their families, and to contribute to the well-being of our communities.

Working Here

When you bring your career to Kaiser Permanente, the work you do directly affects the health of millions. From the business people who shape our policies, to the IT professionals enabling life-saving data, to the nurses and physicians on the front line of patient care, everyone here has a role to play in the care continuum. Knowing you have a place in that process and witnessing the outcome of the work you do is empowering. It gives you a cause to stand behind. And it makes you feel proud of the work you do every day. When people witness the impact of their contributions, they excel. Together we have the power to make a difference.

Hiring Information

The first step in beginning your career search is to look for open jobs that match your skills, qualifications, and interests. Each posting includes a description of the position and the minimum required qualifications. Once you find a position you are interested in, register for an account and provide your information for consideration online.

Benefits

As an employee, you are eligible for benefits according to your full-time/part-time status and the number of hours scheduled to work per week. Benefits may vary based on your Kaiser Permanente region, position, scheduled hours, and representation by collective bargaining or employee groups, but generally include:

  • generous vacation, holiday, and sick leave

  • medical care (including prescriptions), vision, mental health, and dental care

  • disability and life insurance coverage

  • educational opportunities and tuition reimbursement

  • employee assistance programs

  • health care, dependent care, and transit spending account options

  • retirement plans

In addition, we believe in recognizing stellar performance and sponsor a variety of programs designed to reward our skilled, innovative, caring, and committed staff.

In short, at Kaiser Permanente, we understand that there is a direct correlation between happy employees and happy members. We take pride in the compassion and dedication of our employees and find many ways to reward their hard work. In return, our employees take pride in being a part of a collaborative, professional team focused on quality, service, and care.

Honors & Awards

Kaiser Permanente of Northern California has earned an "Excellent" rating from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)-the nation's leading reviewer of health plan quality for consumers and employers. Excellent is the top rating granted by NCQA, which reviews satisfaction surveys, preventive measures, physician credentialing, member services and improvement initiatives.*

Both our Northern and Southern California regions were the only health plans in California identified by the NCQA in its list of the best health care programs in the Pacific States. (NCQA's The State of Health Care Quality 2003)

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations accredits all Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in California.

For the seventh straight year, no other health plan has earned higher ratings from the California Cooperative Health Reporting Initiative on more measures than Kaiser Permanente. The annual ratings measure clinical quality and member satisfaction. (CCHRI Report on Quality 2003)

Our Northern California region received more three-star "Excellent" ratings than any other health plan surveyed by California's Office of the Patient Advocate on California's Quality of Care Report Card 2003-04.

* Commercial HMO and Medicare-contracted product lines: April 2003.