Reporting to the Director of. Cancer Services with accountability to the Manager of Radiation Oncology, performs all functions within the role of a Radiation Therapist.
1. Administers Radiation Therapy treatments in compliance with prescription and treatment plan on the linear accelerators and Cobalt 60 treatment units.
2. Maintains accurate treatment records by documenting appropriate dose, monitor units, patient weight, portal films and diodes; reports any misadministration to the Radiation Oncologist and Manager.
3. Observes clinical condition of the patient on a daily basis and refers potential treatment reactions and/or problems to the Radiation Oncologist and Radiation Oncology Nurse.
4. Performs daily machine QA and reports malfunctioning or broken equipment to the Radiation Physicist and Manager.
5. Instructs and supervises National Louis Radiation Therapy students regarding the clinical aspects Radiation Oncology and treatment delivery.
6. Prepares immobilization devices such as aquaplast casts and alpha cradle/vac fix body moulds.
7. Utilizes the charge codes accurately and appropriately by following departmental guidelines.
8. Attends weekly and monthly meetings including chart rounds, therapist meetings and performance improvement committee.
9. Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to assess, treat and care for adolescent, adult and geriatric patients. Implements assessment/treatment and care based on the developmental stages of the patient. Involves family/guardian in the plan of care and conducts patient and family education, as appropriate, considering the developmental needs of the patient.
10. Adheres to all Northwest Community Hospital standards, policies and procedures.
1. Graduate of an approved AMA Radiation Therapy program.
2. Registered or eligible for registry by the ARRT in Radiation Therapy Technology.
3. Licensed by the Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety.
4. Knowledge of and/or experience in the correct use of body mechanics.
5. Current CPR certification.
6. The analytical skills necessary to assess a patient's condition and to utilize radiation oncology training and professional judgment in providing comprehensive, high quality care to cancer patients.
7. A high level of interpersonal skills necessary to communicate with patients, family members, physicians and other members of the health care team.
8. The ability to use independent judgment to complete tasks.
9. The ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
10. The ability to learn and operate a computer for scheduling, treatment delivery and record/verify.
NCH at a glance
Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) is known for compassionate care and its convenient location. But it's our advanced technologies, clinical expertise and state-of-the-art facilities that offer the latest treatments and assure the care, comfort and safety of our patients and the community. NCH offers:
- A 489-bed hospital, including 200 private rooms in the South Pavilion
- Four Immediate Care Centers, located in Buffalo Grove, Lake Zurich, Mount Prospect and Schaumburg
- Seven accessible outpatient imaging locations that provide advanced imaging technology
- The Day Surgery Center, a same-day outpatient surgery center
Annually, NCH treats an average of 24,000 inpatients and conducts:
- 337,000 outpatient visits
- 43,000 home care visits
- 3,100 newborn deliveries
- Approximately 18,000 inpatient and outpatient surgical cases, ranging from open heart surgery and joint replacement to neurosurgery and minimally invasive procedures
NCH provides our patients and community with safe, high quality care - and it shows. Here are a few of the many awards and designations we've recently achieved:
- Magnet® Recognition for Nursing Excellence (The American Nurses Credentialing Center awards Magnet status to hospitals that exhibit exemplary patient outcomes and satisfaction, have impressive nurse-to-patient ratios, and attract and retain the best nursing staff.)
- Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award
- The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval
- 2016 American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association 'Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award'
- 4,000 employees including nurses, allied health professionals, administrative and support personnel
- More than 1,000 physicians with offices throughout the northwest suburbs
- NCH Medical Group, an employed physician group focusing on primary and specialty care
- Approximately 800 volunteers providing more than 100,000 hours of service annually