The Paper Ceiling: (n) the invisible barrier that comes at every turn for workers without a bachelor’s degree. This weekend I saw a television advertisement from a group that calls for action to Tear the Paper Ceiling. This is a website and advertising campaign developed in partnership with the Ad Council by a coalition of nonprofits, Opportunity @ Work and nearly 50 national organizations and … Continue reading The Paper Ceiling: Tearing It Down?
Many healthcare watchers and investors were taken by surprise when more than 75,000 Kaiser Permanente workers went on strike in the first week of October 2023. The walkout is reported to be the biggest in U.S. Healthcare. Other hospital systems such as Tenet and HCA are or may be on the brink of a work stoppage. Even Walgreen’s and CVS have been dealing with walkouts … Continue reading Are Strikes Going to Pick Up Where Pandemic Resignations Ended?
As we celebrate AHEC’s 35th birthday in October, I am remembering our history and the times we experienced staffing shortages. I can compare those experiences to what is happening in today’s healthcare arena, and it’s easy to see many differences. Supply and demand have alternated during the last 35 years, and what I would witness included oversupply as the shortage ended. Schools and programs would … Continue reading Following 2023 Trends in the Radiologic Technologist Staffing Shortage
Regardless of how many new regulations, recommendations, suggestions, policies and procedures, and common-sense knowledge we implement, MRI safety accidents continue to increase. Some are startling. How is this happening? Are we so overworked, short staffed, and burned out that we have let our defenses down? FDA regulations for reporting MRI accidents do not require reporting unless a patient or others are harmed. In accordance with … Continue reading MRI Safety Accidents Increasing – Danger Ahead
I will never forget the words from the Emergency Room Doctor when my mother-in-law was transported from the assisted living to the local Emergency Room for pain and shortness of breath. He told me that there would be no CPR or attempt for resuscitation. I immediately responded that there was no DNR order in her chart. He told me point blank that she was too … Continue reading Ageism in Healthcare = Unfair Treatment
I have written several blogs about the current shielding practice errors over the last two years as the shielding debate has led to multiple erroneous new shielding policies… or I should say the lack of new shielding policies. I have seen and heard multiple stories that facilities are removing shielding for all procedures and are telling students and technologists that shielding is no longer necessary. … Continue reading ASRT Launches New Patient Shielding Task Force Webpage
A new study scheduled for publication in the January 2023 issue of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists journal, Radiologic Technology, underscores the question whether there is a relationship between mental health (depression and anxiety) and engaging in shift work, working weekend shifts, and taking call for radiologic technologists. The study also sought to identify coping strategies used to manage depression and anxiety. The study … Continue reading Depression and Anxiety Symptoms Tied to Radiologic Technology Weekend Shift Work