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Oregon Health & Science University Radiation Therapist in Portland, Oregon


• Administer radiation therapy accurately as prescribed and planned by the physician.

• Demonstrate effective written communication skills; Maintain accurate and detailed treatment chart documentation.

• Check prescription, diagnosis, chart, and patient identification.

• Display professional conduct essential to the well-being of the radiation oncology patient.

• Demonstrate effective verbal communication skills in the clinical setting.

• Explain procedure to patient, means of communication during treatment, and procedure to follow if emergency arises during treatment.

• Reinforce Radiation Oncologist's advice to patient regarding reactions to treatment and their care.

• Observe the clinical progress of the radiation oncology patient, use clinical decision-making skills to recognize and report any signs of complications, unusual reactions, and events to the nursing staff and/or Radiation Oncologist. Report any falls or injuries to the proper personnel immediately according to hospital policy and file reports accordingly.

• Utilize treatment accessories to accurately reproduce the radiation treatment.

• Safely and effectively operate a variety of computerized simulation and treatment machines. Observe radiation safety measures for patient and personnel. Observe patient during treatment using both audible and visual methods.

• Prepare room and equipment for patient according to prescription regarding immobilization devices, field size, treatment distance, bolus, lead protection devices, etc.

• Perform machine safety checks and/or warm up procedures; know safe limits of equipment operations, and report abnormalities or inconsistencies to the proper authority. Be able to perform all necessary machine and treatment QA.

• Construct immobilization devices and employ custom blocking techniques that are conducive to the prescribed radiation therapy.

• Utilize sophisticated imaging equipment and treatment planning systems for precise tumor localization.

• Maintain the electronic treatment record including, but not limited to, side effects, incidents, SSDs, patient issues, change in treatment set ups, etc. Communicate missed appointments to proper personnel.

• Train, mentor, and directly supervise radiation therapy students.

• Maintain daily treatment schedule.

• Incorporate department and hospital policies and procedures into care provided.

• Adhere to the Radiation Therapist Code of Ethics..

• Maintains CE credits and licensure

  • Will include travel to satellite clinic(s), as needed.

  • Relief positions requires a minimum commitment of 4 days per 2-week pay period.

  • This is a per diem position

Education: Required: Bachelor's degree in Radiation Therapy OR; Bachelor's degree in Radiologic Science or healthcare field and a certificate in Radiation Therapy, OR; 6 additional years of recent, related experience.

Experience: Preferred: One year or more experience working in the field post-graduation.

Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies): Required: Delivers the prescribed dose of radiation to the correct patient in the correct area. Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the operations and use of the equipment assigned to including accessories. Records necessary information in electronic chart thoroughly and correctly including but not limited to imaging, instructions, and notations. Captures proper daily technical charges into Mosaiq on a daily basis. Preferred: Experience with the following equipment: Varian, Elekta, Tomotherapy, Mosaiq, ExacTrac, Calypso, Philips CT and VisionRT. Also, familiarity with IORT, SRS, SBRT, TBI, TSEI, and HDR.

Registrations, Certifications and/or Licenses: Required:

  • Therapists must be ARRT certified or scheduled for examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist and licensed by 90-day evaluation.

  • Must be licensed by the Oregon State Board of Radiologic Technology at time of hire date.

  • Must have and maintain AHA CPR certification at time of hire date.

Compliance: Required: Code of conduct, Respect in the workplace, Applicable policies, procedures and agreements related to position, department or OHSU as a whole.

Addition details relating to requirements and working conditions:

  • Is exposed to human tissues/fluids.

  • Wears a film badge and is monitored for radiation exposure.

  • Hazardous substance exposure includes bismuth, lead, tin, and cadmium. Hand tools are used in the block making process.

  • May also entail frequent shift changes as determined by patient load or treatment machine needs.

  • Must be able to lift, move, and assist patients to treatment couch. Must have the ability to lift up to 30 pounds unassisted and 50 pounds assisted.

  • Must be able to stand for long periods at a time.

  • Therapist must operate Linear accelerators which treat patients with therapeutic radiations.

  • Will include travel to satellite clinic(s), as needed.

  • Relief positions requires a minimum commitment of 4 days per 2-week pay period.

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or

Recruitment ID: 2020-3616

External Company URL: dturner

Street: Marquam Hill

Job Type: AFSCME union represented

Posting Department: Radiation Medicine

Posting Pay: $42.84 - $58.82 per hour

Posting FTE: 0.00

Posting Schedule: Variable - per diem

Posting Hours: Varaible - per diem

HR Mission: Healthcare

Drug Testable: Yes