Medical Radiation Technologist / Mammographer

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Closing date: Apr 29, 2017

Location: Inuvik

Department: BDHSSA DI

Job Code: 14217

Salary: $83,363 - $99,509

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

Department Information

The Territorial Health and Social Services Authority (THSSA) works under the direction of the Minister of Health and Social Services, in partnership with the Deputy Minister, Health and Social Services and the Health and Social Services regions, to support the health and wellbeing of people across the Northwest Territories through planning, development, deliver, evaluation and reporting on program and service delivery. 

THSSA is committed to the development and provision of quality services in such a way as to make the best use of public resources, ensure the sustainability of the system, focus on client safety and best practices and promote positive health and social outcomes. THSSA strives to continually improve the health and social service system to ensure best health, best care, and a better future for the people of the NWT.

Our mission is to work with people to optimize wellbeing through the provision of collaborative and culturally appropriate health and social services.

Job Information

Scope

The Beaufort-Delta Region administers all regional health and social services delivered through the Inuvik Regional Hospital (IRH), an accredited facility, seven community health centers; and fourteen sites, including a public health clinic, and elders facility, social services and dental therapy offices, and various group homes. The Beaufort-Delta Region provides and supports the delivery of health care services to adults and children on an inpatient, outpatient and outreach basis in order to enhance health community well-being through excellence, accountability and respect for regional diversity.

Located within IRH and reporting directly to the Manager of Health Services and working closely with Diagnostic Imaging Team Lead the incumbent utilizes radiology equipment to independently produce high quality radiography images required by the radiologist to complete an accurate diagnosis of patients. The DI department at IRH consists of a team lead/medical radiation technologist, one sonographer, one medical radiation technologist/mammography and one clerk/receptionist.

The DI Department handles approximately 6000 exams per year of which 1500 are ultrasounds. Physicians licensed to practice in the Northwest Territories refer patients to the department. The production of diagnostic images (i.e. ultrasound and x-rays) is a critical function with the Beaufort-Delta Region. Without the production of timely and accurate images the hospital would be unable to provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of patients. Decisions to transfer patients out the area for treatment are made on the basis of tests conducted at IRH.

There is significant pressure on the incumbent to produce optimal images with a set period of time. The production of diagnostic images (i.e. ultrasound and x-rays) is a critical function with the Beaufort-Delta Region. Without the production of timely and accurate images the hospital would be unable to provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of patients. Decisions to transfer patients out of the area for treatment are made on the basis of tests conducted at IRH.

There is significant pressure on the incumbent to produce optimal images with a set period of time. The production of quality images depends on the size and age of the patient as well as technical limitations of the equipment. Lack of adequate patient preparation, tight schedules and language issues can challenge the production of quality images. Based on in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and radiographic techniques and practices, the incumbent must be creative with solutions required to produce quality images.

In absence of an on-site radiologist the incumbent liaises with local physicians and other health care providers in Inuvik as well as providing radiological and technical expertise and support the nursing staff in the outlying communities to ensure consistency and quality of x-rays and mammograms.

The incumbent must be able to utilize multiple imaging modalities and processing equipment and is responsible for the continued operation of all DI equipment including, digital mobile x-ray machines, digital radiography, and digital mammography unit. The incumbent independently performs all types of diagnostic x-ray, mammography, electrocardiogram (ECG) and on call services. Many of the exams carried out may cause significant levels of discomfort to the patient. The incumbent must maintain a high degree of professionalism is order to ease the patient’s anxiety.

The Medical Radiation Technologist provides functional expertise to nurses within the seven communities in the Beaufort-Delta region, as well as assisting the communities in the Sahtu region on occasion, during the production of basic x-rays (extremities and chests). This involves providing complex technical information to professionals over the phone.

Within the DI department the Medical Radiation Technologist and Diagnostic Imaging Supervisor will be required to provide on-call coverage during the evening and weekend, as well as continuous on-during the absence of the other technologist.

In addition, in the health care setting there can be significant lack of control over work pace with frequent interruptions dictated by external forces that may lead to fatigue and stress.

Critical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • In depth knowledge of Radiology and an ability to effectively use varied types of Diagnostic equipment (x-ray, mobile x-ray, and computed radiography). Required to produce good quality images for diagnosis of the patient to the Radiologist
  • Must have a sound knowledge of and an understanding of pathologies that may affect internal structures
  • Must be able to use clinical information provided by the referring Physician to determine specific areas to be images (i.e. patient’s symptoms)
  • An understanding of an and ability to perform QC measures on all DI equipment
  • A working knowledge of an ability to effectively operate a RIS
  • A knowledge of and ability to operate a desktop computer in order to send and receive electronic mail and conduct research over the internet
  • The incumbent mist be aware of the importance of confidentiality and privacy and be able to keep personal and medical information private and confidential at all times

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by

  •  The successful completion of a diploma/degree in Medical Radiation Technology with certification and registration with the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT),
  • Plus one year of related experience and the successful completion of Mammography 1 correspondence course through CAMRT, or
  • successful completion within 6 months of hire

More Information

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.

Eligibility

Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.

Equivalencies

Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Inuvik Client Service Centre
GNWT Human Resources
66 Franklin Manor
Box 1869
INUVIK, NT  X0E 0T0
Ph. (867) 678-6600
Fax (867) 678-6620
E-mail:  jobsinuvik@gov.nt.ca

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID #14217         

Closing Date: April 29, 2017- 23:59, Mountain Standard Time

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $42.75 per hour (approximately $83,363. per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $14,131.

Term Position

This job opening is for a 1 Year Term