Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Lead

Posted on January 8, 2024
SEIU 925
University of Washington
 - $ 
 per month
Seattle, WA
Health insurance, Paid time off, Paid holidays, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Retirement benefits, Life and disability insurance
Applications accepted until position filled
Req #: 229394
Job Location: Harborview Medical Center
Posting Date: 01/04/2024
Closing Info: Open Until Filled
Salary: $9,106 – $14,253 per month
Other Compensation:
Union Position: Yes
Shift: First Shift

Harborview Medical Center – Radiology has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time, day shift, DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHER SPECIALIST LEAD. The person in this role reports to Department Imaging Supervisor and/or Manager.  Regularly assigns, instructs, and checks the work of employees.  Routinely works as a sonographer.  Mentors new staff, develops and presents inservices, creates daily schedules, and coordinates flow of patients.


  • Regularly assigns, instructs, and checks the work of employees.
  • Functions as a preceptor.  Orients new employees according to department’s standards.
  • Reviews and reports daily operational status of equipment; Initiates repair service calls and documents malfunctions.
  • Coordinates flow of patients within specialty area.  Assigns patient procedures to staff.
  • Assists supervisor in evaluating employees’ competency and provides input to the supervisor for yearly evaluations.
  • Monitors supplies and places orders to replenish supplies.
  • In supervisor’s absence (or when requested), may be assigned charge operational, technical, and clinical responsibilities.
  • Performs Doppler and spectral analysis of solid organs and transplants in clinical areas such as high risk obstetrics and gynecology, liver, kidney, and pancreas transplants, shunt evaluations, and premature neonates.  Perform and analyze comprehensive fetal cardiac hysterosonograms and examinations in high risk obstetrical, liver, kidney, and transplants as well as specialty care clinics, the trauma center, and/or recovery room. .
  • Perform clinical and research non-invasive diagnostic ultrasound examinations including sonography’; monitor patient vital signs and condition during examination; perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if necessary.
  • Ability to operate the following equipment/systems:  PACS,  Ultrasound workstations, the Hospital Information System, and the Radiology Information System.  Able to print and retrieve images.  Can implement down time procedures as needed.
  • Review patient medical records and physician referral diagnosis.
  • Prepare patient for examination; explain testing procedures; perform physical examination (auscultation, assess physical presentation, and history); select and perform appropriate procedure (s), examination as necessary to provide accurate representation of patient’s anatomy and pathophysiology as determined during the ongoing examination.
  • Perform or assist with ultrasound procedures in such areas as the operating room, angiography, catheterization or special procedure suite, using appropriate sterile technique, in conjunction with invasive patient procedures; apply ultrasound instrument to surgically exposed surface of internal organ, under physician direction, for intraoperative examination.
  • Provide needle guidance direction to physician during tissue biopsy, cyst aspiration, thoracentesis, amniocentesis, pericardiocentesis, or other surgical procedures.
  • Perform calculation of recorded examination data, using complex mathematical formulae to determine patient physiologic parameters such as blood flow velocity, volume indices and embryo/fetal development or gestational age.
  • Determine provisional working diagnosis; analyze examination data to define accurate representation of patient anatomy and hemodynamics; generate examination findings.
  • Participate with attending physician in diagnosis interpretation sessions; assist physician in the evaluation of patient examination data.
  • Maintain adequate computer and/or written records using the Radiology Information System.
  • Provide instruction in the theory, techniques, applications, and analysis of diagnostic ultrasound procedures to physicians, post-doctoral fellow, residents, and student interns.
  • Assist with ultrasound suite maintenance which may include requesting supplies, maintaining patient records, assessing daily operational status of equipment.
  • Update continuing education, teaching and research materials.
  • Assist with evaluation of new and prototype diagnostic ultrasound and related physiological testing equipment; maintain confidentiality of proprietary information.
  • This position is involved with patients included in the following age groups: Infant (0-1 year), Toddler (1-4 years), Pre-teen to teen (10-16 years), Child (5-9 years), Adult (15-65 years), Geriatric (65 years and above).
  • May be required to work on-call.

    Professional Accountability:

  • Demonstrates awareness of and functions within Radiology policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Seeks consultation when patient care needs exceed own level of experience.
  • Demonstrates awareness of and functions within safety, infection control, emergency and equipment guidelines.
  • Meets attendance standards and consistently completes timesheet requirements.
  • Ensures all relevant credentials are current.
  • Ensures mandatory certification competencies are completed within initial timeframe.
  • Consistently wears identification badge as per hospital policy.
  • Responsible for remaining current with information disseminated through email, voice mail, memos and posted notices.

    Advocacy and Humanistic Care:

  • Treats all patients with respect and dignity.
  • Provides the appropriate education to patient and their families prior to and post Radiology procedure.
  • Exercises responsible judgment in recognizing and reporting significant situations relating to patient care.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of patient privacy rights, and is familiar with all relevant HIPAA standards.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all medical, financial, or other sensitive materials and information in printed, electronic or verbal form, which may jeopardize the privacy of patients.  Accesses and uses the minimum necessary patient identifiable information to perform job responsibilities and duties and only for authorized purposes.

    Communication and Team Building:

  • Proven interpersonal and communication skills required to promote positive relationships with patients, visitors, radiologists, and other medical center personnel.
  • Forms productive working relationships with co-workers.  Communicates clearly, directly, and on a timely basis.
  • Welcomes direction, asks for assistance when needed, treats staff with respect and dignity.
  • Maintains a professional manner at work.

    Safety/Response to Emergencies:

  • Understands and complies with all safety, fire, disaster, evacuation, and chemical safety procedure:  review’s departmental policy and procedure manual annually.
  • Understands that they are considered “essential personal” during emergencies and inclement weather.

    Quality Assessment and Improvement:

  • Reviews and QC own work and the work of students.
  • Participates in and supports quality assessment and improvement activities.
  • Participates in the Department QA and QC functions by assisting in the collection of data, and making recommendations as to problems and possible solutions.

    Professional Development/Skills:

  • Demonstrates responsibility for own professional growth through pursuit of work-related experiences and educational opportunities

    Completion of diagnostic ultrasound program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and registered in abdominal and obstetrical ultrasound by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)
    Four years of experience performing the work of a diagnostic medical sonographer
    Equivalent education/experience

About the employer: University of Washington

The UW is one of the world’s preeminent public universities. Our impact on individuals, our region and the world is profound — whether we are launching young people into a boundless future or confronting the grand challenges of our time through undaunted research and scholarship. Ranked No. 7 in the world on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities rankings, the UW educates more than 54,000 students annually. We turn ideas into impact and transform lives and our world. For more about our impact, visit our news site, UW News.

About your union: SEIU 925

SEIU 925 unites 17,000 people in Washington who work in education from early learning through higher education, as well as members who work in local government and nonprofits. We work together to provide quality education for children and students, to ensure that education remains a state priority, and to strengthen our workforce. We provide quality public services to our communities across the state. The mission of SEIU 925 is to win political and economic power for working people to advance the well-being of our members, their families and all working people by developing leaders who are a voice for change in the workplace and solidarity in our communities.

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