Position Summary:

Assumes, under the direction of the Director, Laboratory, and responsibility for patient specimen testing, quality control, quality improvement and equipment maintenance. Accurately and promptly performs a variety of chemical, microscopic and bacteriologic tests to obtain data for use in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Responds to physicians and hospital staff in a professional manner, remembering that patient care is our first concern.

Work Schedule:

Flexible schedules to cover all shifts and weekends, as hospital needs demand.

Primary Duties

  • Performs laboratory procedures in a timely manner, documents required information and communications to primary physician and direct care staff any pertinent information.
  • Coordinates and assists in the care of patients to deliver timely, high quality patient testing results.
  • Collaborates with staff, physicians, patients and family members to provide information necessary to provide high quality patient care.
  • Responds to physicians and hospital staff in a professional manner. Demonstrates positive interpersonal communication skills when relating to external customers. Is effective in interacting with and problem solving.
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism towards patients. Informs and explains procedures to patients and what is expected in terms of his/her cooperation.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all patient information.
  • Provides comprehensive direct patient care and assures a safe and comforting environment.
  • Applies the principles of Performance Improvement and works in a team environment to improve patient outcomes.
  • Performs Point of Care procedures in a timely manner according to established policy and procedure. Documents required information and complies with all Point of Care quality control standards.

Department Responsibilities:

  • Complies with established quality control procedures. Takes and recommends corrective action and ensures proper documentation.
  • Completes proficiency surveys as assigned within the time frame given for completion. Adheres to all established procedures on handling and processing survey material. Assists in the review of survey results, implements corrective action, and participates in remedial training as assigned by the Director, Laboratory.
  • Complies with established maintenance and troubleshooting guidelines, and documents preventative maintenance for all patient testing equipment. Ensures equipment is in good working order and promptly reports malfunctions or suspicious performance. Recognizes malfunctions and takes appropriate corrective action. Assists in validation of instrument and test performance in compliance with regulatory agencies and manufacturers recommendations.
  • Gives input to Director, Laboratory concerning operational and capital budget planning and implementation. Effective in cost control and resource utilization.
  • Assists the Director, Laboratory as requested in competency assessment, review and update of job descriptions, performance evaluation functions and procedure manual revisions.
  • Serves as a resource to hospital staff concerning Clinical Laboratory services and patient test result interpretation. Appropriately refers questions that are beyond the scope of service and knowledge.
  • Accepts assignment of responsibilities within the Point of Care testing program as requested by the Director, Laboratory.
  • Assists in the development and on going performance of the information systems.
  • Assists in the selection of equipment, supplies or other resources for departmental operation.


  • Education: Bachelor degree or equivalent in medical technology, including completion of one year of training in an approved school of medical technology Or have education and training equivalent to that specified in 42 CFR 493.1489 for personnel performing high complexity testing.
  • Licensure/ Certification: ASCP or eligible or equivalent registry.
  • Experience: Minimum of two years generalist clinical laboratory experience preferred. New graduates may be considered at the discretion of the Director, Laboratory.

Position Summary

Responsible for performing all assigned diagnostic ultrasound exams in a timely manner. Performs procedures according to physician’s orders or per prescription on outpatients. As a member of the care team, the Cardiac Sonographer is responsible for working collaboratively with other members to assure safe and accurate delivery of patient care. Assumes, under the direction of the Laboratory, responsibility for patient specimen testing, quality control, quality improvement, and equipment maintenance.

Primary Duties

  • Performs quality echocardiograms utilizing 2-D, 3-D, Colorflow, pulsed- and continuous-wave Doppler.
  • Assists physicians and nurses with transesophageal echocardiograms. Responsible for probe care, sterilization and safety.
  • May perform stress and pharmacological echocardiograms.
  • Evaluates each test and provides physicians, when necessary, with preliminary reports.
  • Exercises personal judgment regarding when to notify physicians of a test result immediately.
  • Orders all supplies within the Echo department, anticipating future needs.
  • Stocks all necessary supplies for Echo lab (i.e., gel bottles, gowns, tapes).
  • Attends to weekly duties as designated.
  • Responsible for assuring the studies completed are available to the Cardiologist or appropriate physician.
  • Maintains all equipment used.
  • Stores echo studies according to approved guidelines.
  • Maintains accurate logs of all studies performed.
  • Performs Point of Care procedures in a timely manner according to established policy and procedure.  Documents required information and complies with all Point of Care quality control standards.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Education: Associate of Science degree in diagnostic ultrasound or certificate of successful completion from an accredited school of cardiac ultrasound required. Bachelor degree in any major, particularly Sonography, preferred.
  • Licensure/ Certification: Registry-eligible required. Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) and/or Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) in adult echocardiography preferred or required within six (6) months of employment. Current BLS certification within 90 days of employment or placement in position required. ACLS required prior to participating in walk stress testing.
  • Experience: None required. At least one year in echocardiography and vascular ultrasound preferred.

The Progressive Critical Care Unit (PCCU) is a 112 bed inpatient unit that provides complex care to a variety of adult patient populations.  There are 7 beds utilized for scheduled outpatient procedures, and the remaining beds for med-surg to critical care patients with a focus on the following:  medicine, cardiology (diagnostic, interventional, structural, electrophysiology), general surgery, cardiothoracic and vascular surgery.

PCCU design allows for YOU to care for patients with varying care levels from stable to critical, yet every room is a critical care room to support our patient-focused-care model.  This way, the patient never need move in and out of ‘ICU’ when their condition changes.  The care is brought to the patient, not the other way around.  This also means every nurse is a critical care nurse, or is trained to become one.

PCCU is also a fast-paced environment where YOU have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge procedure, surgeries and treatment – sometimes the first in the state of Arkansas.

PCCU is where YOU have the opportunity for professional growth through support in seeking Nationally Recognized Specialty Certification – such as CCRN, advancing your Nursing Degree, Clinical Ladder, other specialized training (First Assist, IABP, Impella, Prevue) and more!

PCCU is a family you can belong to!  We celebrate each other through All Heart Nominations and recognition, and attend functions such as Arkansas Travelers baseball games, Heart Summit, Christmas Party just to name a few.

PCCU is where YOU can give back to your profession.  Love to teach?  We have Preceptor Programs for teaching a new nurse, as well as an experienced nurse.  You may want to join us for Cardiac Anatomy and dissect a heart with an eager nursing student, or give time in the community doing health fairs.

The Registered Nurse (RN) working in the Progressive Critical Care Unit (PCCU) has primary responsibility for adult patients with varying degrees of resilience, vulnerability, stability, predictability, complexity, ability to participate in care and decision making, and availability of home care resources.


  • Assessment, Nursing Diagnosis, Outcome Identification, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Responding to life-saving situations, including providing advanced life cardiac support
  • Assisting providers with procedures, including moderate sedation
  • Administering wound care, medications, including intravenous fluids and titration of vasoactive continuous infusions
  • Management of critical care patient equipment, including ventilators, BIPAP, cardiac and hemodynamic monitoring, etc.
  • Care and Management of pre/post procedure/surgical patients, including cardiothoracic, vascular, general surgical and medical
  • Providing education and support to patients/caregivers
  • Supervision/delegation of duties to unlicensed assist personnel
  • Patient specimen testing and quality control under direction of the Laboratory
  • Documents findings and communicates effectively
  • Maintains patient confidentiality, standard precautions


  • Education: Graduate of an accredited nursing program; BSN preferred but not required
  • Licensure/Certification:  Registered Nurse with current state licensure or licensure from a state within the Nursing Compact
  • Experience:  one year cardiac or critical care nursing (exception – New Graduate RN Residency Program)
  • BLS within 30 days of hire and prior to completion of clinical orientation
  • ACLS prior to completion of clinical orientation
  • Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) preferred
  • Nurse Characteristics varying from advanced beginner to expert with the goal of promoting patient’s optimal outcome:
    • Clinical Judgment – clinical reasoning
    • Advocacy – ability to work on another’s behalf
    • Caring Practices – compassionate, engaging
    • Collaboration – works well with others
    • Systems Thinking – global perspective for patient needs
    • Response to diversity – sensitivity, appreciation
    • Clinical inquiry – innovation through learning and evaluation of practice
    • Facilitation of learning – for patient and caregivers, including validation of learning