PPDG may have future opportunities for Healthcare and Healthcare Support positions in support of ICE Health Service Corps at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Medical Facility.
The ICE Health Services Corps (IHSC) exists within the organizational structure of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) under the supervision of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps Officers, civil service staff and contractors comprise the healthcare professionals working together to provide quality healthcare services. IHSC serves as the medical experts for ICE for detainee health care.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The incumbent supports the delivery of medical care services for detainees held in the custody of ICE at a detention facility through their role as a radiologic technologist. The incumbent will perform conventional radiology imaging of patients, who may include adult men and women and children. Most conventional imaging will involve chest radiography to screen for tuberculosis; however, conventional imaging of any body part that can be performed with the facility imaging equipment will be done as needed.
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Degree issuing institution and or program must be accredited by an entity recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
- Graduate from a certificate or associate degree Radiologic Technologist program accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
- One-year experience as a certified (license if required) Radiologic Technologist.
- Experience in a detention/correctional or residential healthcare setting (preferred, not required).
REQURED LICENSURE / CERTIFICATION
- Current National Certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART).
- State licensure if required by the state in which the duty station is located.
- This position does not require privileging by IHSC.
- Must have and maintain one of the following certifications: Basic Life Support for health care providers through the American Heart Association®, CPR for the professional rescuer through the American Red Cross or the American Safety and Health Institute.
ATTRIBUTES AND PROFESSIONAL QUALITIES
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Critical thinking skills.
- Cultural competence to be able to serve a diverse patient population.
- Integrity and honesty.
- Verbal and written proficiency in Spanish (preferred, not required).
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Knowledge of radiation protection standards, devices, and techniques including concepts of accumulated dosage and genetic changes, effects of radiation on living organisms, and the effects of X-ray technique on patient and operator exposure in order to assure that adequate safeguards are maintained.
- Knowledge of basic physics including the concepts of energy, electric power, and types of electrical circuits, construction and the use of X-ray tubes and the properties of X-rays in order to understand the operation of the X-ray equipment, make changes to standard procedures to compensate for equipment aging, and determine when maintenance or repair is needed.
- Knowledge and proficiency of medical terminology.
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual environment.
- Ability to utilize telephonic interpreter/translation services to complete assigned duties if not fluent in a language the patient understands.
- Ability to adapt to sudden changes in schedules and flexibility in work requirements.
- Ability to communicate proficiently in English (verbal and written) in order to develop positive rapport with patients, co-workers and other stakeholders.
- Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships in a multidisciplinary environment.
- Ability to navigate in an electronic work environment including electronic health records, web based training and communications.
- Knowledge of, and moderate proficiency in, common Microsoft Office programs, specifically Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and SharePoint.
- Knowledge of regulations (HIPAA/Privacy Act) regarding the confidentiality of patient medical records and information as well as Personally Identifiable Information (PII).
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provides direct care to patients within discipline Scope of Practice and performs functions in accordance with current accepted practice, licensure, certification, credentialing and or granted privileges.
- Provides treatment of persons throughout the life span as appropriate to discipline and facility setting.
- May be expected to respond to and or coordinate response to medical emergencies.
- Takes radiologic images of head, trunk, and extremities for routine physical examinations and for diagnosis of illness or injuries.
- Sets up X-ray rooms, deviates from the standard positioning and adapts a position to meet the needs of the patient.
- Evaluates x-ray to ensure that films are artifact free, correctly developed and are the best films that can be taken. Calls significant findings to the attention of the physician or ordering health care provider.
- Ensures all precautions are taken so that the patient and radiology personnel are receiving the smallest amount of radiation as possible. Maintains use of dosimeter badge in accordance with vendor recommendations while on duty.
- Responsible for logging in and documenting all x-rays performed by the incumbent. Files x-ray reports and x-ray jackets in the appropriate place.
- Maintains an up to date quality control system on the x-ray machines and processor.
CONTRACT POSITION DESCRIPTION
- Confers with radiologist to establish requirements of nonstandard examinations and determines technical factors, positioning, number and thickness cut of scans, etc., to satisfy the requirements.
- Advises radiologist or referring physician of results of examination and provides them with a preliminary diagnostic evaluation. Notifies them of significant scans requiring their immediate attention and visualization while patient is undergoing examination.
- Performs record keeping functions in accordance with program policies and position.
- Maintains functional proficiency and ease of use utilizing electronic health records as required by, and appropriate to, position.
- Completes and passes all discipline specific competencies testing, initially and annually.
- Completes all initial, annual and ad hoc training as required/assigned.
- Maintains patient confidentiality, and confidentiality of medical records, in compliance with the Privacy Act and HIPAA regulations in all work activities.
- Adheres to, and maintains awareness of, IHSC Policies, Procedures, Directives, Operational Memoranda and accreditation standards as prescribed by ICE/IHSC.
- Adheres to, and participates in, IHSC’s Safety, Prevention, Infection and Control, Quality Improvement, Patient Education and other programs and collateral duties as appropriate to position.
- Expanded scope duties. Additional clinical duties outside the usual radiology technologist responsibilities may include obtaining and recording vital signs, and conducting the following CLIA-waived tests: rapid strep and rapid influenza (once collected by RN or LVN), urinalysis (dip stick), and urine pregnancy. On-site training and competencies will be performed and assessed by the facility health program manager, assistant health services administrator, health services administrator, nurse manager, or other qualified/designated staff.
- Provides patient education on the intake screening process (includes facilitating completion of the medical care consent form), how to access care, the grievance process, and the method to request accommodations.
- Scanning and verifying medical records documents.
- Attends and participates in general/medical staff meetings.
DUTY HOURS/ ON-CALL REQUIREMENTS
- IHSC operates 24/7/365; this position is required to respond during an emergency activation.
- This full time position requires availability to work day, evening and night shifts (site specific). Availability during weekends and holidays is also required.
- On-call availability is not required for this position.
- The Department of Homeland Security’s Personnel Security Unit (PSU) must render an Initial Preliminary Favorable Fitness Determination to be considered a qualified candidate.
- A Complete Favorable Fitness Determination must be rendered by PSU upon completion of initial, and between, subsequent background investigations to meet the requirements of this position.
CONTRACT POSITION DESCRIPTION
- The work requires some physical exertion, such as long periods of standing; walking or jogging unaided over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; or recurring lifting of moderately heavy patients or equipment.
- The work may require specific, but common, physical characteristics and abilities, such as agility and dexterity, visual, and hearing capabilities.
- Must be able to respond to any medical emergency in the facility, via foot, within four minutes and perform CPR/emergency care standing or kneeling.
- Must have the ability to assist sick, injured, or aging detainees or staff exiting the building during an emergency.