In 2017, I wrote a blog about Burnout Syndrome. Wow! What we didn’t know back then seems to be eons ago. Now, we are in another pandemic surge, this one worse than the first. And, there is no end in sight with Winter just around the corner. Healthcare workers are angry, disappointed, and leaving in big numbers. Who will be here to turn off the lights? Staffing … Continue reading The Mass Migration – Out of Healthcare!
The time is Sunday night, August 1, 2021. The place is Lyndon B Johnson Hospital, Houston, TX. The nursing shortage has come to a peak. There are 130 patients in the emergency room waiting to see the doctor. The hospital was forced to declare an “internal disaster” and put the emergency room on “drive-by” status, halting ambulance traffic to the emergency room as the wait … Continue reading Hospitals Are Amazing Places…if you have enough staff and caregivers
There is much confusion about the prescribed continuing education credits and correct categories to satisfy the CQR requirements for each individual’s prescription RX. And the algorithms from ARRT changed again in June, 2021. How is someone supposed to figure it out? And how hard is it to find the correct activities? I recently read about the petition that is circulating to stop or remove the … Continue reading You’ve Received Your ARRT CQR RX, Now What?
Depression/Anxiety Among R.T.’s Study Planned Three prominent researchers got together to ask the hard questions about the workplace and its effects on radiologic technologists. After several months of planning, the survey will be ready to go soon. Please understand that the results of this survey can be especially important to you and others staffing imaging departments. Be sure you look for the links to the … Continue reading Depression/Anxiety Among Rad Techs
Last night I was at dinner with a friend and as we were chatting, we were acutely aware of two females at the table next to us. At some point it was noticeable to everyone in our vicinity the ladies were not happy. Both were signaling the waitstaff, complaining about things, and just being difficult. I honestly expected them to start snapping their fingers at … Continue reading Customer Service with a Smile…Patients Complaints Getting You Down?
A superstition is a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation. Superstitions are persistent, even when confronted with evidence they are not true. In medical settings, superstitions can be inherited from those that are more experienced or acquired from experience. People who work in healthcare are humans of science. We believe … Continue reading “Lunar Lunatics” and Other Superstitions in Healthcare
Breast subspecialty radiologists make up less than 10% of all radiologists, and most mammograms in the US are interpreted by general Radiologists. The demand for all radiologists to interpret screening mammograms is projected to increase as the U.S. population ages and more women comply with screening guidelines. Just Recently, the Harvey L Neiman Health Policy Institute and the American College of Radiology National Mammography Database … Continue reading Recent Study Identifies Most Successful Radiologists
We do not know what came first, bread or beer? We do know that many scientists have said that it could have been the beer or whatever available form of fermented liquid that brought us together. Maybe it was not hunger that made us cooperate to grow crops. Maybe the fermentation killed the bacteria and was safer to drink than the water. We do know that the liquid called beer in the … Continue reading Post Pandemic Bender – Are we Drinking Too Much?
Effective July 1, 2021 the ARRT will be begin using a new cut score for the CT exam. The scaled score will continue to be reported as a minimum of 75, however the minimum number of correct items is increasing by one. This change is a result of new performance expectations for entry-level CT technologist. The current cut score was set in 1995 but much … Continue reading ARRT Announced Computed Tomography Exam Cut Score to change July1, 2021
In February 2021, AHEC published a blog about the new Human Trafficking Prevention CE requirement effective 09/1/2020. Following the dissemination of this information, AHEC received numerous calls from Rad Techs inquiring about this new CE requirement. Based on the volume of calls AHEC received over the last several months, it was apparent that TMB’s communications with Texas RTs wasn’t effective enough in reaching or explaining the new requirement. AHEC is happy to … Continue reading TMB requirement for Human Trafficking Prevention CE: AHEC course approved and available!