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Series established September 6, 2000
This series specification describes classes used in the State hospitals and institutions to perform complete diagnostic radiographic procedures of all body structures.
Radiologic Technologist (Safety) Series Specification - Class Titles and Codes
Radiologic Technologist (Safety)
Senior Radiologic Technologist (Specialist-Safety)
Senior Radiologic Technologist (Supervisor-Safety) (Abolished 01/07/2016 per Pay Letter 16-05)
The Radiologic Technologist (Safety) series describes positions responsible for making examinations; selecting techniques to obtain optimum radiographic quality; critiquing film in order to determine whether it should be repeated or extended; being alert to patient crises requiring notification of a physician; and planning and directing the work of lower-level technologists in a hospital setting or in an institution with multifacilities.
This class series is distinguished from other Radiological Technologist classes by the custody requirement imposed by the forensic nature of the patients in the State hospitals and the security features of these facilities.
The Radiologic Technologist (Safety) represents the entry and journey level of this series. All levels may instruct, lead, or supervise patient workers in the performance of a variety of duties.
Level of difficulty, variety and complexity of assigned duties, independence and impact of actions and decisions, supervision received and degree of supervision exercised, and responsibility for decisions differentiate the levels in this series.
All incumbents are expected to account for equipment that could be used by patients as weapons and to observe and intervene as necessary in patient behavior that could lead to injury of patients, employees, or the general public.
This is the entry and journey level in this series. Under direction, incumbents may instruct and prepare patients for radiologic examinations; determine the most suitable anatomical posture and positions and shield patients appropriately; position and operate stationary or portable radiologic machines and take x-rays for a variety of all body structures; process, develop, make copies, and fix x-ray films; prepare solutions for processing films; assist in fluoroscopic work; under supervision, make clinical photographs of unusual cases and identify photographs; maintain equipment and quarters; keep records and files; make reports as needed; and do other related duties. Generally, incumbents are supervised by either a Senior Radiologic Technologist (Supervisor-Safety) or the chief of the medical facility.
This is the advanced journey level where incumbents perform the full range of duties as the sole civil service Radiologic Technologist (Safety) in a hospital, developmental center, or institution, or personally perform the most difficult technical work. Incumbents may also instruct or lead other civil service Radiologic Technologists (Safety), as well as clerical staff, wards, inmates, or resident workers. Incumbents perform under the direction of the chief of the medical facility. Typical duties may include any or all of the tasks performed by Radiologic Technologists (Safety); maintaining inventory, ordering required supplies, and having responsibility for storage and dispensing of supplies; maintaining and updating procedures manuals; coordinating maintenance services on machinery; assisting in the preparation of the radiologic department's annual budget; and doing other related duties.
This is the supervisory level in the series where incumbents supervise at least three civil service Radiologic Technologists (Safety) who provide the full range of radiographic services to hospitals or infirmaries, as well as clerical staff, inmates, wards, or resident workers. Senior Radiologic Technologists (Supervisor-Safety) do not directly supervise Senior Radiologic Technologists (Specialist-Safety). Incumbents perform under the direction of the chief of the medical facility. Positions allocated to this class direct the radiologic function in either: (1) a hospital setting; or (2) a multifacility institution. Typical tasks include directing, assigning, and checking the work performed in the radiologic facility; coordinating the radiologic function in conjunction with staff requirements; keeping abreast of current developments in the field of radiologic technology; reviewing, revising, and developing procedures as necessary, ensuring compliance with State laws and departmental policies and procedures; instructing and evaluating lower-level radiologic personnel and taking appropriate action with respect to their work performance where necessary; preparing the radiologic department's annual budget; and doing other related duties.
Possession of a current valid certificate as a Certified Radiologic Technologist in diagnostic radiologic technology issued by the California State Department of Health Services. (Applicants who are in the process of securing such certification will be admitted to the examination but must possess the certificate before they will be considered eligible for appointment.)
Two years of experience, including training in radiologic techniques and methods, under an accredited medical radiologist. (Successful completion of the work required for a graduate nurse may be substituted for one year of this required experience and training.)
Successful completion of a two-year training program in radiologic technology approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association, in collaboration with the American College of Radiology.
One year of experience performing the duties of a Radiologic Technologist (Safety) in the California state service.
Three years of experience, including training in radiologic techniques and methods, under an accredited medical radiologist. (Successful completion of the work required for a graduate nurse may be substituted for one year of this required experience and training.)
One year of experience as a radiologic technologist and successful completion of a two-year training program in radiologic technology approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association, in collaboration with the American College of Radiology.
Knowledge of: Modern radiologic equipment and techniques; regional and gross anatomy of the human body; standardized radiologic clinical procedures; thorough knowledge of the hazards of radiologic materials and the safety precautions required; the operation and care of modern radiologic equipment; the ordering and storing of supplies.
Ability to: Communicate effectively at a level required for successful job performance; administer emergency aid for shock; prepare solution used in processing x-ray film and process film; keep simple records, file film correctly, and compile reports; follow directions; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others.
Knowledge of: All of the above.
Ability to: All of the above, and formulate and maintain a records system and determine the types of reports to be compiled; assist with personnel, equipment, and supply budgets.
Knowledge of: All of the above, and the department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a supervisor's role in the Labor Relations and Affirmative Action Programs and the processes available to meet both these objectives; principles of supervision; the principles and practices of governmental budgeting.
Ability to: All of the above, and plan, organize, and direct the work of subordinate staff and inmates, wards, or resident workers; plan and prepare personnel, equipment, and supply budgets; effectively contribute to the department's affirmative action objectives.
Tact, alertness, vision sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job, freedom from communicable diseases, and sympathetic understanding of patients and inmates.
Possession and maintenance of sufficient strength, agility, and endurance to perform during physically, mentally, and emotionally stressful and emergency situations encountered on the job without endangering the health and well-being of the incumbent, fellow employees, patients, or the general public.
Education equivalent to graduation from high school, a Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist Certificate, and a valid Certificate of Fluoroscopy.
Radiologic Technologist (Safety) Series History - Dates Established, Revised, and Title Changed
Senior Radiologic Technologist (Supervisor-Safety)