It is recommended that any concern or issue be addressed as soon as possible. Students having a professional, academic or clinical grievance must follow the protocol as indicated below.
1. The student should make an appointment to meet with the appropriate faculty member. This meeting will be schedule within seven (7) working days. The faculty member's response can be expected in writing within five (5) working days.
2. If the student is dissatisfied with the resolution, he/she may request a conference with the Program Director and Faculty member involved. The request and reasons for the conference must be submitted to the Program Director, in writing, within five (5) working days after the initial meeting. A conference will be scheduled within seven (7) working days of the receipt of the written request. The Program Director's response can be expected in writing within five (5) working days after the conference. Any unresolved grievance concerning the Program Director will be referred to the Manager of the Diagnostic Imaging Department.
3. Students may request a meeting with the Radiography Committee when the grievance remains unresolved. The Radiography Committee consists of the Program Director, Manager of Diagnostic Imaging, an Adjunct Faculty member, and a student representative. A written request for this meeting must be submitted. The meeting will be scheduled within seven (7) working days of the receipt of the request and a written response can be expected within five (5) working days of the meeting.
4. If the issue remains unresolved, the student may elect to seek final resolution with a source external to the Radiography Program. The Human Resources department will provide appropriate mediation. A written request must be made. A meeting will be scheduled within seven (7) working days of the receipt of the request and a written response can be expected within ten (10) working days.
5. After the above protocol has been followed, the student has the right to contact:
- State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of
25 Arctic Parkway
Trenton, New Jersey
- The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-2901
Program Complaint Resolution Policy
This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Students can be assured that the program is run within the guidelines for, and in compliance with, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Standards. If any student feels that the program is not in compliance with the standards, documentation of the events, which led to the complaint, along with a written statement, will be presented to the Program Director within five working days of the event. The Program Director will respond to the complaint within five working days. If the student feels that the Program Director’s findings/resolutions has not been satisfactory, the student may contact the Manager of Diagnostic Imaging. The Manager of Diagnostic Imaging has five working days to review the complaint and take appropriate action. If the student remains dissatisfied with the resolution, then the student has the right to contact the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
Good faith efforts by all parties must be made in an attempt to resolve the conflict before the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology is contacted. This is simply good policy and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology will expect that this has been done before they are contacted.
In the event that the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology finds the program to be in non-compliance with their Standards, the program will make every effort to immediately resolve the situation.
A copy of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiologic Sciences can be located in the Program Director’s office, posted in the Diagnostic Imaging department and on the JRCERT’s web site (www.jrcert.org).
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology can be contacted at:
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-2901
LEVELS OF STUDENT CLINICAL SUPERVISION:
Prior to didactic and laboratory instruction, students are only permitted to observe a NJ licensed radiographer perform a procedure.
Students must progress from the point of observation to participation.
Prior to competency, students must work under direct clinical supervision of a NJ licensed radiographer. The following constitutes:
- A licensed radiographer reviews the request to the student’s achievement level.
- A licensed radiographer shall evaluate the patient’s condition and be present during the entire procedure.
- Review and approve the radiographs.
- Supervision provided by a licensed radiographer who is immediately available to assist students, regardless of the level of student achievement.
- Immediately available – presence of a licensed radiographer adjacent to the room or location where the procedure is being performed.
- Immediately available does NOT mean a “phone call away”.
Repeat Radiograph Policy
The repeating of radiographic images by a student is prohibited. Students must be under direct supervision of a licensed radiographer whenever repeat radiographs are necessary. This policy is to ensure optimal radiographic quality, while minimizing radiation exposure to the patient. Failure to adhere to this policy may result in clinical dismissal. All students are required to submit documentation of adherence to this policy at the end of each semester.
State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of X-Ray Compliance
Paul G. Orlando, Chief
25 Arctic Parkway
P.O. Box 420 (Mail Code 25-01)
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-2901
NJRTBE Pregnancy Policy
The radiography program sponsored by The Valley Hospital complies with the policy of the New Jersey Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners. Below is the policy regarding pregnant students in an accredited Radiologic Technology training program in New Jersey.
1. No pregnant female student should receive a radiation dose of more than 0.5 rem during the nine-month gestation.
2. All students shall wear whole body radiation dosimeters (e.g., film badges or theromluminescent dosimeters) when in the vicinity of radiation producing machines. This practice must be particularly enforced with respect to pregnant students.
3. The relative risk to the embryo and/ or fetus from x-rays should be thoroughly explained to the students prior to the actual operation of x-ray machines. The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Regulatory Guide No. 8. 13, "Instruction concerning prenatal radiation exposure", and NCRP Report No. 91, "Protection of embryo-fetus" are suggested as references for all students. Refer to appendices #1 & #2.
4. The Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners recommends that adequate controls and monitoring be instituted to limit the dose to all students to as low as reasonably achievable. The Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners recommends a total equivalent limit (excluding medical exposure) of 5 mSv (0.5 rem) for the embryo-fetus. Once a pregnancy becomes known, exposure of the embryo-fetus shall be no greater than 0.5 mSv (0.05 rems) in any month (excluding medical exposure).
5. The Program Director and the appropriate institutional Radiation Safety Officer should periodically review the student radiation exposure reports to assure compliance with the above dose limits.
6. Provision shall be made for re-entry into the program when the student takes a leave of absence.
7. All didactic and clinical education hours as mandated by the program must be completed prior to graduation.
Program Pregnancy Policy
In the event that you should become pregnant or suspect that you might be pregnant, it is at your discretion to inform the Program Director and the Radiation Safety Officer. This information will be held in strict confidence. The program offers the pregnant student several options. Once informed of the possible hazards of radiation exposure by the Radiation Safety Officer, the student should submit a written statement that clearly indicates the option of choice. In addition, the student should submit any recommendations made by her personal physician regarding any physical restrictions imposed by her pregnancy. A pregnancy declaration form is provided. (See Appendix #3)
The following are the four (4) options available to the student:
1. Withdraw from the program and return after the pregnancy terminates.
2. Withdraw from clinical, while completing the academic courses for the semester.
3 Request a leave of absence from the program; returning after the pregnancy terminates at the appropriate semester.
4. Continue with the academic and clinical components, until the pregnancy terminates.
Students must meet with the Program Director for advisement following any leave of absence, prior to reinstatement.
The clinical experience is graded by use of a C+ (77-79%) or better for all evaluations. The grading system for the clinical portion in the Radiography Program at The Valley Hospital is:
For more information, please call or e-mail Maureen Wolf at 201-447-8221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.