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Echocardiographic Technician - Cardiac Cath Lab

San Joaquin General Hospital

Recruitment #0418-RH5010-AC

Introduction

This is an exciting opportunity to work in an acute care hospital and designated Trauma Center!   

San Joaquin General Hospital is seeking the ideal candidate to join a team of friendly staff committed to creating a warm and personal environment which is sensitive to both a patient's emotional and physical needs. The ideal candidate is a highly motivated individual with a strong work ethic, excellent communication skills and should be comfortable working independently as well as in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. Possession of a current certification as a Registered Cardiac Vascular Technician (RVT) and a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RMDS) in good standing with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) is highly desirable.  

THE AGENCY

Established in 1857, San Joaquin General Hospital is a 196-bed teaching hospital, a designated level III Trauma Center and Certified Stroke facility. Dedicated to a philosophy of excellence in providing health services, education and professional training in an integrated system that values quality in life, family interaction, and respect for both clients and employees. The Agency is committed to the delivery of community-oriented, culturally sensitive, and affordable health care throughout San Joaquin County.

San Joaquin General Hospital is a 24 hour, 7 day a week facility. Shift assignments are based on operational needs and may include stand-by, weekends and holidays.

For information regarding San Joaquin General Hospital, please visit our website at www.sjgeneral.org

This recruitment is being conducted to fill  a vacancy in the Cardiac Cath Lab at San Joaquin General Hospital located in French Camp, California and to establish a list for future vacancies as they occur in Case Management.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. A completed application must be postmarked or received online by the final filing deadline.

**Note: The first certification may be promotional **

NOTE: All correspondences relating to this recruitment will be delivered via e-mail. The e-mail account used will be the one provided on your employment application during time of submittal. Please be sure to check your e-mail often for updates. If you do not have an e-mail account on file, Human Resources will send you correspondences via US Mail.  

TYPICAL DUTIES

Performs specialized procedures such as echocardiograms, stress tests, Holter electrocardiogram recording and scan, Dobutamine stress echocardiogram, and transesophageal echocardiograms; operates and monitors equipment; observes patients, noting vital signs and reactions.

Performs specialized procedures such as echocardiograms, stress tests, Holter electrocardiogram recording and scan, Dobutamine stress echocardiogram, and transesophageal echocardiograms; operates and monitors equipment; observes patients, noting vital signs and reaction.

Sets up equipment for tests; lays out supplies and instruments.

Obtains pertinent clinical information from the patients, referring physician, patient's record, cardiac-related physical findings and laboratory data to apply the necessary sonographic techniques to obtain comprehensive diagnostic information; explains procedure to patient; monitors patient during procedure; notifies charge nurse or physician if patient shows signs of distress; initiates appropriate action to maintain patient or correct distress.

Selects the appropriate operating mode for the specific ultrasonic examinations of cardiac motions, recognizes abnormal conditions, and adjusts recording techniques to obtain appropriate display.

Operates computer systems for report generation and image storage systems; selects correct images for acquisition and stores appropriately in database; performs echocardiography on children, infants and adults; disassembles, cleans and reassembles all equipment; makes minor repairs, replaces defective parts.

Mounts and labels records of procedures; makes photocopies; routes to physician for review and interpretation; maintains file of reports.

Maintains inventory of supplies; orders as needed.

May train other staff in the performance of any specialized procedures

Acts as an expert resource to nursing and technical staff when complex or technical questions arise; maintains a broad knowledge of state-of-the-art technology, equipment and/or systems.

Performs routine periodic quality assurance and safety checks on the ultrasound equipment.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Pattern I 

 

Experience: One year of experience performing cardiac diagnostic procedures including echocardiograms.

 

Education: Completion of an approved training course in echogradiography technology or ultrasound technology.

 

OR

 

Pattern II

 

Certification: Possession of current certification as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer or a Registered Cardiac Vascular Technician.

KNOWLEDGE

Anatomy and physiology of cardiovascular disease; echocardiography principles and procedures; guidelines and regulations pertaining to provision of echocardiography symptoms of seizures, cardiac distress, and normal vital signs; medical equipment and apparatus; sterile techniques; resuscitation techniques; basic filing systems.

ABILITY

Establish and maintain a sterile field; skill in the use and maintenance of specialized echocardiographic equipment; demonstrate knowledge of physiology and recognize the disease process and notify appropriate physician of problems, abnormalities and signs of patient instability; explain technical procedures to patients; deal with patients sympathetically and tactfully; record information; perform accurately and quickly in stressful situations; follow verbal instructions; work independently to obtain required images; train others.

PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Mobility-Occasional use of data entry devices; sitting and standing for long periods; climbing stairs and crawling; frequent walking, bending squatting; Lifting-Frequently from 5 to over 70 pounds; frequently restrains, lifts and turns heavy objects; Visual-Constant use of color perception, hand/eye coordination, depth perception, reading/close-up work, and peripheral field of vision; Dexterity-Constant holding, reaching and grasping; frequent repetitive motion; occasional writing; Hearing/Talking-Constant hearing of normal speech and talking in person; occasionally talk and hear on the telephone; hear faint sounds; Emotional/Psychological-Occasionally deals with emergency situations; occasional exposure to trauma, grief and death; occasional public contact and constant contact with patients; frequent decision making and constant concentration; Special Requirements-Occasionally work alone; work nights, weekends and overtime; occasional travel; Environmental Conditions-Frequent exposure to noise; occasional exposure to dirt, dust, fumes and poor ventilation, and hazardous materials.

BENEFITS

Employees hired into this classification are members of a bargaining unit which is represented by SEIU Local 1021

Health Insurance:  San Joaquin County provides employees with a choice of three health plans:  a Kaiser Plan, a Select Plan, and a Premier Plan.  Employees pay a portion of the cost of the premium. Dependent coverage is also available. 

Dental Insurance:  The County provides employees with a choice of two dental plans:  Delta Dental and United Health Care-Select Managed Care Direct Compensation Plan.  There is no cost for employee only coverage in either plan; dependent coverage is available at the employee’s expense.

Vision Insurance:  The County provides vision coverage through Vision Service Plan (VSP).  There is no cost for employee only coverage; dependent coverage is available at the employee’s expense.

For more detailed information on the County’s benefits program, visit our website at www.sjgov.org under Human Resources/Employee Benefits. 

Life Insurance:  The County provides eligible employees with life insurance coverage as follows: 

 1 but less than 3 years of continuous service:                   $1,000
 3 but less than 5 years of continuous service:                   $3,000
 5 but less than 10 years of continuous service:                 $5,000
10 years of continuous service or more:                           $10,000
 

Employee may purchase additional term life insurance at the group rate.

125 Flexible Benefits Plan:  This is a voluntary program that allows employees to use pre-tax dollars to pay for health-related expenses that are not paid by a medical, dental or vision plan (Health Flexible Spending Account $2550 annual limit with a $500 carry over); and dependent care costs (Dependent Care Assistance Plan $5000 annual limit). 

Retirement Plan:  Employees of the County are covered by the County Retirement Law of 1937.  Please visit the San Joaquin County Employees’ Retirement Association (SJCERA) at www.sjcera.org for more information.  NOTE:  If you are receiving a retirement allowance from another California county covered by the County Employees’ Retirement Act of 1937 or from any governmental agency covered by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), you are advised to contact the Retirement Officer of the Retirement Plan from which you retired to determine what effect employment in San Joaquin County would have on your retirement allowance.

Deferred Compensation:  The County maintains a deferred compensation plan under Section 457 of the IRS code. You may annually contribute $18,000 or 100% of your includible compensation, whichever is less.  Individuals age 50 or older may contribute to their plan, up to $24,000. The Roth IRA (after tax) is also now available.

Vacation:  Maximum earned vacation is 10 days each year up to 3 years; 15 days after 3 years; 20 days after 10 years; and 23 days after 20 years.

Holidays Effective July 1, 2017, all civil service status employees earn 14 paid holidays each year.  Please see the appopriate MOU for details regarding holidays, accruals, use, and cashability of accrued time.

Sick Leave:  12 working days of sick leave annually with unlimited accumulation.  Sick leave incentive:  An employee is eligible to receive eight hours administrative leave if the leave balance equals at least one- half of the cumulative amount that the employee is eligible to accrue.  The employee must also be on payroll during the entire calendar year.

Bereavement Leave3 days of paid leave for the death of an immediate family member, 2 additional days of accrued leave for death of employee’s spouse, domestic partner, parent or child.

Merit Salary Increase:  New employees will receive the starting salary, which is the first step of the salary range.  After employees serve 52 weeks (2080 hours) on each step of the range, they are eligible for a merit increase to the next step.

Job Sharing:  Employees may agree to job-share a position, subject to approval by a Department Head and the Director of Human Resources.

Educational Reimbursement Program:  Eligible employees may be reimbursed for career-related course work up to a maximum of $850 per fiscal year.  Eligible employees enrolled in an approved four (4) year College or University academic program may be reimbursed up to $800 per semester for a maximum of $1600 per fiscal year.

Parking Supplemental Downtown Stockton:  The County contributes up to $17 per pay period for employees who pay for parking and are assigned to work in the Downtown Core Area.

School Activities:  Employees may take up to 40 hours per year, but not more than eight (8) hours per month, to participate in their children’s school activities.

Selection Plan

Applicants for part-time and temporary recruitments who meet the minimum qualifications are either referred to the hiring department for further selection or they may be required to take a written examination.  If a written examination is given, the top candidates may be referred to the hiring department for further selection.

Testing Accommodation:  Candidates who require testing accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) must call Human Resources Division at (209) 468-3370 prior to the examination date. 

Physical Exam:  Some classifications require physical examinations.  Final appointment cannot be made until the eligible has passed the physical examination.  The County pays for physical examinations administered in its medical facilities.

Pre-employment Drug Screening Exam:  Some classifications require a new employee successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen as a condition of employment.  Final appointment cannot be made until the eligible has passed the drug screen.  The County pays for the initial drug screen.

 

Employment of Relatives: Applicants who are relatives of employees in a department within the 3rd degree of relationship, (parent, child, grandparent, grandchild or sibling) either by blood or marriage, may not be appointed, promoted, transferred into or within the department when:

  • They are related to the Appointing Authority, or

  • The employment would result in one of them supervising the work of the other

Department Heads may establish additional limitations on the hiring of relatives by departmental rule.

Proof of Eligibility:  If you are offered a job, you will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship or other documents that establish your eligibility to be employed in the U.S.

HOW TO APPLY

Apply Online:       

www.sjgov.org/department/hr

By mail or in person:  

San Joaquin County Human Resources

44 N. San Joaquin Street Suite 330

Stockton, Ca 95202                                  

 

Office hours:               
Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; excluding holidays.

Phone:  (209) 468-3370 

 

Job Line:

For current employment opportunities please call our 24-hour job line at (209) 468-3377. 

When a final filing date is indicated, applications must be filed with the Human Resources Division before 5:00 p.m. or postmarked by the final filing date. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Applications sent through county inter-office mail, which are not received by the final filing date, will not be accepted. (The County assumes no responsibility for mailed applications which are not received by the Human Resources Division).  

San Joaquin County Substance Abuse Policy: San Joaquin County has adopted a Substance Abuse Policy in compliance with the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988. This policy is enforced by all San Joaquin County Departments and applies to all San Joaquin County employees.

Equal Opportunity Employer:  San Joaquin County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and is committed to providing equal employment to all without regard to age, ancestry, color, creed, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation or belief, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.  For more information go to
www.sjgov.org/department/hr/eeo.



Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet.
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
View and print the official application form as an Acrobat pdf file. scannable paper application A San Joaquin County application form is required for this recruitment. You may print this Acrobat PDF document and then fill it in.
Contact us via conventional means. You may contact us by phone at (209) 468-3370, or by email, or apply for a job in person at the San Joaquin County Human Resources Division.

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San Joaquin County
Human Resources Division  Stockton, CA 95202
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