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Diagnostic Medical Sonographer II ($8,000 Hiring Incentive)

Primary Location San Diego, California Facility Zion Medical Center Job Number 1183988 Date posted 05/30/2023
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Under indirect supervision, performs a variety of diagnostic medical sonograms (such as abdominal and OB/Gynecology ultrasound examinations) utilizing complex ultrasound equipment and transducers.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Customer Service:

  • Is responsive to the needs of others by maintaining a professional behavior toward members and coworkers and creating a positive image for the department, as demonstrated by:

  • Willingness to take the initiative to resolve member issues.

  • Handling a high number of member contacts.

  • Dealing with customer complaints in a positive way.

  • Providing compassionate service.

  • Treating coworkers with respect and appreciation.

  • Fostering teamwork and thinking positively.

  • Identifies the impact of cultural diversity and lifestyle choices on patient condition and makes accommodations for such differences.

  • Demonstrates competency and understands the overall operational functions of the department to include all reception duties and cashier functions.

  • Observes regional radiation and department safety policies.

  • Age Specific Criteria.

  • Neonatal.

  • Pediatric.

  • Adolescent.

  • Adult

  • Periatric.

  • Adjusts technical factors relative to the requirements of the study and the physical maturation of the patient.

  • Modifies patient positioning techniques relative to the patient's physical and cognitive abilities.

  • Always takes special care in handling, positioning and/or restraining infants and geriatric patients to avoid injury or excessive radiation exposure.

  • Demonstrates competence and understands the overall operational function of the department to include scheduling of patient appointments by telephone, mail, or in person utilizing OPAS.

  • Demonstrates competence in the operation of diagnostic ultrasound equipment, real-time and mobile, to obtain quality diagnostic images.

  • Consistently selects correct technical factors relative to the requirements of the study and the patient's age and body habitus.

  • Consistently selects equipment settings and appropriate transducers in accordance with department protocols and patient body habitus.

  • Consistently processes hard copy images properly, utilizing automated equipment.

  • Properly and consistently follows specific infection control techniques relative to ultrasound imaging (e.g., cold sterilization of probes, use of condoms on endocavity probes, etc.).

  • Routinely manipulates transducer appropriately to obtain the desired images.

  • Exercises good clinical judgment.

  • Consults with the radiologist or other clinician for purposes of clarifying orders.

  • Selects alternate or additional views appropriately relative to the patient's condition.

  • Does not attempt to perform an exam in any case in which it cannot be performed safely and/or properly.

  • Consistently demonstrates the ability to differentiate between normal and abnormal anatomy.

  • Documents clinical activities in a timely, comprehensive and accurate manner.

  • Completes and initials the standard consultation form and the Radiology Processing Record accurately and immediately following each procedure.

  • Routinely documents patient history relative to previous surgery, childbirth and other conditions which could affect the ultrasonic image of internal organs.

  • Additional Performance Standards for Lead DMS.

  • Provides effective functional direction to assigned staff.

  • Consistently assigns work to staff appropriately so that exams are performed in a timely manner.

  • Routinely provides timely feedback to management regarding operational problems and personnel issues.

  • Communicates effectively with other departments to promote positive interdepartmental relationships.

  • Demonstrates organizational skills and creativity in the resolution of operations problems within the department.

  • Organizational Rules, Policies and Procedures:

  • Observes all applicable regional, medical center, and department policies and procedures.

  • Quality of Service:

  • Maintains standards of professional behavior established to enhance quality of service.

  • Greets members promptly and courteously with eye contract and a pleasant expression and tone of voice.

  • Informs members of reason for any delays or anticipated delays in their care.

  • Treats all patients in accordance with the Patient's Bill of Rights.

  • Conducts only work related conversations when members are waiting for service.

  • Communication:

  • Demonstrates good communication skills.

  • Communicates verbally in a clear and concise manner.

  • Demonstrates courteous and appropriate telephone skills.

  • Speaks English in the presence of patients except as required to interpret for non English speaking patients.

  • In writing, communicates accurately, completely, and legibly, and routes such communication appropriately and in a timely manner.

  • Professional Maturity:

  • Demonstrates professional maturity in all interactions with patient and staff.

  • Strives to maintain good working relationships and rapport with patients, other members of the department and the health care team.

  • Is flexible and cooperative about schedule changes made to maximize productivity and efficiency.

  • Responds appropriately to constructive criticism from supervisors and peers.

  • Functions independently within defined scope of position.

  • Productivity:

  • Meets productivity norms achieved by peers within the department or the Region.

  • Equipment, Supplies and Work Area:

  • Maintains equipment, supplies and work area in accordance with department guidelines.

  • Keeps equipment and work area clean at all times.

  • Routinely handles equipment with care to avoid damage.

  • Reports equipment malfunctions to supervisory staff promptly.

  • Reports to Assistant Director, Diagnostic Imaging.

  • Assume other activities and responsibilities from time to time as directed.

Basic Qualifications:


  • N/A.


  • Graduate of a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited ultrasound program or a graduate from a Diagnostic Medical Sonography program with two (2) years of experience as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in a major medical center.

  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.

License, Certification, Registration

  • Current American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) certification to include registries of physics, abdomen, Obstetrics/Gynecology and one (1) additional registry in the following: Breast (BR), Fetal Echo (FE) or Pediatric (PS).

  • CPR (BLS-C, AHA approved course) (must be obtained during the probationary period).


Additional Requirements:

  • Competency in components of sonography as listed:  routine abdomen; abdomen Doppler; small parts; thyroid; obstetrics/gynecology; amniocenteses; fetal echocardiography; interventional procedures; breast studies; portable intra-operative studies; and portable neonatal studies.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three (3) years experience as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in a major medical center.

  • Experience with Acuson Sequoia, Philips iu-22 and Clickview ultrasound reporting package.


Primary Location: California,San Diego,Zion Medical Center Scheduled Weekly Hours: 32 Shift: Day Workdays: Week 1: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri; Week 2: Mon, Tue, Sat, Sun Working Hours Start: 08:00 AM Working Hours End: 04:30 PM Job Schedule: Part-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: B09|OPEIU|Local 30 Job Level: Individual Contributor Department: ZION MEDICAL CENTER - Sonography-Day - 0806 Pay Range: $52.47 - $62.98 / hour Sign on bonus: $8000.00 The ranges posted above reflect the location in the job posting. The salary range may vary if you reside in a different location or state than the location posted. Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time At Kaiser Permanente, equity, inclusion and diversity are inextricably linked to our mission, and we aim to make it a part of everything we do. We know that having a diverse and inclusive workforce makes Kaiser Permanente a better place to receive health care, a more supportive partner in our communities we serve, and a more fulfilling place to work. Working at Kaiser Permanente means that you agree to and abide by our commitment to equity and our expectation that we all work together to create an inclusive work environment focused on a sense of belonging and wellbeing.

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