STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
CLASSIFICATION: X-RAY AND ELECTROCARDIOGRAPH TECHNICIAN
Class Code: 9915-18 Date Established: 5-20-05
Occupational Code: 9-1-2 Date of Last Revision: 12-30-05
BASIC PURPOSE: To perform technical laboratory duties concerned with the process of taking and developing radiographs with responsibility for recording electromotive variations in actions of heart muscles using the electrocardiograph machine.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Adjusts and calibrates x-ray equipment to appropriate setting for examination based on body mass and body part being examined while minimizing radiation exposure.
· Arranges the positions of patients in order to photograph the desired positions of the anatomy and applies immobilization devices as required.
· Loads film-holder and cassettes, takes x-rays, develops, washes and files films, prepares chemicals for processing films; orders supplies, equipment and material as needed.
· Supervises the scheduling of patients to be x-rayed or for electrocardiograph exams after consulting with a physician and schedules the workload of employees in the unit.
· Records patient history, unusual conditions/limitations, and other clinically significant information.
· Supervises the typing of x-ray reports as prepared by an affiliated Radiologist.
· Maintains department records and prepares reports furnished to doctors as well as to other state agencies.
· Operates or supervises the operation and maintenance of the electrocardiograph machine ensuring equipment is maintained in good working order and available for use at all times.
· Prepares patient for electrocardiograph and attaches electrodes to specified areas of the patient's body to record electromotive variations occurring in various areas of the heart muscle.
· Assists Radiologist(s) in patient examinations and consults with physicians and other professionals regarding specific procedures.
Skill: Requires skill in recommending routine changes in standardized operating procedures OR in retrieving, compiling, and reporting data according to established procedures OR in operating complex machines.
Knowledge: Requires knowledge of business practices and procedures or technical training in a craft or trade, including working from detailed instructions, to apply knowledge in a variety of practical situations.
Impact: Requires responsibility for contributing to immediate, ongoing agency objectives by facilitating the direct provision of services to the public or other state agencies. Errors at this level result in inaccurate reports or invalid test results and require a significant investment of time and resources to detect.
Supervision: Requires partial supervision of other employees doing work which is related or similar to the supervisor, including assigning job duties, providing training, giving instructions and checking work.
Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job functions in an adverse working environment containing a combination of disagreeable elements which impact significantly upon the employee's capacity for completing work assignments. This level includes work-related accidents or assault.
Physical Demands: Requires medium work, including continuous strenuous activities such as frequent reaching, bending, or lifting as well as performing work activities which require fine manual dexterity or coordination in operating machines or equipment.
Communication: Requires summarizing data, preparing reports, and making recommendations based on findings which contribute to solving problems and achieving work objectives. This level also requires presenting information for use by administrative-level managers in making decisions.
Complexity: Requires a combination of job functions to establish facts, to draw daily operational conclusions, or to solve practical problems. This level also requires providing a variety of alternative solutions where only limited standardization exists.
Independent Action: Requires objective assessment in analyzing and developing new work methods and procedures subject to periodic review and in making decisions according to established technical, professional or administrative standards.
Education: Completion of high school supplemented by successful completion of a two-year course in x-ray techniques with coursework in electrocardiograms and the operation of the electrocardiograph.
Experience: Two years' experience as a Radiologic Technologist, preferably with some knowledge of electrocardiograph operation.
License/Certification: Registration with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Considerable knowledge of the techniques of cardiology, radiograph and the operation of x-ray equipment. Knowledge and skill in the operations and care of the equipment. Ability to evaluate radiographs and cardiograms. Ability to schedule the workload within a section. Ability to obtain the cooperation of patients during examinations. Ability to establish and maintain harmonious relationships with employer, hospital staff and the general public. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.
Last Updated 10/21/04