RADON 112 Clinical Practice II • 5 Cr.
Provides 15 hours per week of supervised clinical instruction, progressing through a competency-based educational sequence. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program. Fee: $23.50 liability insurance.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Set the correct field size for asymmetrical treatment fields. Student shall be able to locate the central axis and read SSD's on asymmetrical fields.
- Analyze which treatments require collimator reciprocation, and then accurately reciprocate the collimator on such treatments.
- Increase proficiency and accuracy in pendant operation.
- Identify the correct SSD for treatment, and then set that SSD on the patient.
- Identify when beam modification devices are necessary, and then safely and correctly place them in the machine or on the patient.
- Identify when a patient needs immobilization, and appropriately immobilize that patient using required apparatus (such as face masks, tape or alpha cradle)
- Perform accurately the pendant set up on simple treatments such as AP/PA lung or 4 field pelvis fields.
- Assess and evaluate the patient's physical status (pulse, respiration, blood counts) and mental status prior to delivery of radiation.
- Establish appropriate and effective written, oral and nonverbal communication with patient and their family, using cultural competence techniques.
- Operate within the radiation scope of practice, regardless of personal beliefs and the appropriateness of patient's treatment.
- Assess and evaluate psychological and physical changes in the patient's condition and formulate appropriate actions.
- Interact with the patient and family to provide psychosocial support.
- Establish values and attitudes congruent with the profession's standards and ethics.