To provide health physics support for clinical and research activities at Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and offsite locations involving ionizing radiation.
Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety (VEHS) mission is to partner with the VUMC/VU community to facilitate and promote safety, health and environmental protection. VEHS accomplishes this task by providing expertise in the following EH&S technical disciplines: radiation safety; occupational safety, emergency preparedness; industrial hygiene; fire and life safety; training; hazardous materials management; and biological safety.
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VUMC Recent Accomplishments
Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
* US News & World Report: #1 Adult Hospital in Tennessee and metropolitan Nashville, named to the Best Hospitals Honor Roll of the top 20 adult hospitals, 10 nationally ranked adult specialty programs, with 3 specialties rated in the top 10 nationally, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt named as one of the Best Children's Hospital in the nation, with 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties nationally ranked.
* Healthcare's Most Wired: Among the nation's 100 "most-wired" hospitals and health systems for its efforts in innovative medical technology.
* Becker's Hospital Review: named as one of the "100 Great Hospitals in America", in the roster of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs and to its list of the 100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs.
* The Leapfrog Group: One of only 10 children's hospitals in the to be named at Leapfrog Top Hospital.
* American Association for the Advancement of Science: The School of Medicine has 112 elected fellows
* Magnet Recognition Program: Received our third consecutive Magnet designations.
* National Academy of Medicine: 22 members, elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding achievement
* Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index: 6 th year in a row that Vanderbilt University Medical Center was a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.
Additional Key Elements/ Responsibilities:
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Manage radiation safety support for all radiation therapies performed at Vanderbilt Bedford Hospital (VBH), Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital (VTHH), Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital (VWCH).
Manage radiation safety clinical audit program, which includes auditing all clinical areas including offsites using radioactive materials. Generate quarterly reports and present results to each facility's Radiation Safety Committee.
Manage the VBH, VTHH, VU, VUMC, and VWCH X-ray Safety Programs including registering X-ray equipment with the State of Tennessee, managing X-compliance inspections, and management of X-ray invoices.
Manage VBH, VTHH, VU, VUMC, and VWCH Shielding Design and Evaluation Programs.
Manage VBH, VTHH, and VWCH Radiation Safety Committees and subcommittees.
Management of VBH, VTHH, VWCH ALARA and bioassay programs. Ensure staff members are provided appropriate dosimetry. Calculate radiation doses to workers resulting from intakes of radioactive material. Compile an annual summary of the employee radiation doses resulting from intakes of radioactive material. Investigate intakes of radioactive material exceeding investigation levels and implement corrective actions.
Manage VBH, VTHH, VWCH radioactive effluent evaluation program. Develop and implement a monitoring program for the release of radioactive material to the sanitary sewer system.
Manage VBH, VTHH, VWCH radioactive material inventory programs. Ensure databases are in place to manage each facility's radioactive material inventory. Ensure each facility's radioactive material inventory is being consolidated with its database
Manage VBH, VTHH, VWCH radiation safety training programs. Develop and implement a radiation safety training program for radioactive material users at each facility as well as development and implementation of online training modules.
Manage VBH, VTHH, VWCH radioactive waste programs. Develop and implement standard operating procedures for disposing radioactive waste at each facility.
Manage VBH, VTHH, VWCH sealed source and leak test programs.
Manage VBH, VTHH, VWCH survey meter calibration programs. Ensure that all equipment is calibrated at the frequency specified in each facility's licenses and certified registrations.
Act as contact for any inspections concerning radioactive material usage or radiations safety.
Other duties as assigned.
Direct supervision of Safety Officers for Radiation Safety Program.
Frequent contact with all levels of administration, faculty, and staff including the presentation of information where detailed explanation is required to obtain cooperation. Provide training presentations requiring the conveyance of detailed, technical information.
Frequent contact with State regulators, consultants and vendors.
Frequent contact with patients and students in laboratories.
Be able to lift 50 lbs. Must be willing and able to wear required personal protective equipment including protective clothing and gloves, eye/face protection, and in some cases, negative or positive-pressure respiratory protection and participate as lead member of hazardous materials response teams.
Frequent areas where potential exposure to biological and infectious agents, hazardous chemicals, and ionizing radiation may occur.
Ability to obtain certification from the American Board of Health Physics.
Job related skills:
Applicant must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills for effective report writing, training, and consulting. Must be proficient in the use of common computer programs including, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, and health physics databases.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period. Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disease.As t...he largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiplies in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.