What Should We Learn from the Contrast Media Shortage?

Has your department been affected by the contrast media shortage? Several months ago, one of the factories making iodinated contrast media was shut down in China to control a COVID-19 outbreak. Unfortunately, other pharmaceutical companies were not able to produce more contrast media to make up for the loss, leading to a shortage.  While this shortage has left many facilities scrambling, this is not the … Continue reading What Should We Learn from the Contrast Media Shortage?

How to Use Social Media as a Healthcare Professional

Using social media as a professional can be tricky to navigate. On one hand, social media offers a platform to professionally network, promote services and products, and spread information. However, it can also backfire and create conflict. The newer generation of healthcare professionals are tech savvy, which means their digital footprint is larger and more prolific compared to others who are already in the workforce. … Continue reading How to Use Social Media as a Healthcare Professional

ACR Changes CT and MRI Accreditation Contrast Media Supervision Requirements

Beginning on March 31, 2020, special requirements for contrast media supervision were implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This policy related to direct supervision and included a requirement for direct communication with an immediately available technologist, nurse, or advanced practice provider. This allowed for the virtual presence of a physician through audio/video real-time communications technology during the emergency period. The requirements were temporary and only … Continue reading ACR Changes CT and MRI Accreditation Contrast Media Supervision Requirements

We Will Never Be Where We Were Prior to 2020 

Has COVID changed your view of life, work, and the world?   We really don’t know what to do about ourselves. We are burned out, anxious, exhausted, apathetic, and/or cynical. There are those who quit, those who retired, those who changed professions, and those who just quit trying. These emotions are bellwethers in the workplace for lots of things that are wrong. Everyone is struggling with … Continue reading We Will Never Be Where We Were Prior to 2020 

Pandemics, Vaccines, and What Do I Do Next?

The news just keeps on coming. One disease after another. What should I do? What are my risks and what is my plan of action?  Everyone has an opinion. Are they correct?  Certainly, the information about Covid-19 vaccines has been inaccurate and incomplete from the beginning. I belong to the generation that was required to have vaccinations to attend public schools. There was no debate. You … Continue reading Pandemics, Vaccines, and What Do I Do Next?

What Qualities Make a Good Leader?

Leadership /ˈlēdərˌSHip/ (noun): the action of leading a group of people or an organization. Anyone can be assigned a leadership role, for example, a manager, supervisor, commander, etc. A leader doesn’t always come with a title, and a title doesn’t always make someone a good leader. A person with good leadership skills is able to create connections with their group members and build a solid … Continue reading What Qualities Make a Good Leader?

How Do Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Affect Your Nursing Career? 

Before you can renew your license, the state you live in may require you to get a set amount of continuing education credits. Different states require different amounts of CEUs to be completed, and they have different time frames for completion, so make sure you are aware of your state’s licensure rules. Some states may require you to get CEUs on a specific topic. For … Continue reading How Do Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Affect Your Nursing Career? 

What is Forensic Radiology?

Beyond medical procedures, radiology plays an important role in many industries. When it comes to law, forensic radiology can help gather evidence for causes of death and determine the identities of bodies. Many think that the first instance of forensic radiology happened when Professor AW Wright tested the newly discovered x-ray photography on a dead rabbit in the 1890s. The photo showed dark spots on … Continue reading What is Forensic Radiology?

The Best (and Worst) Parts of Being a Nurse 

Nursing is a demanding career. Many go into the industry bright-eyed, hoping to make a difference in the world by helping people. While nursing can be very rewarding, it requires a lot of strength.  What are the best (and worst) parts of being a nurse?   Pro: You get to help people  Many go into nursing because they feel called to help people. Nursing is a … Continue reading The Best (and Worst) Parts of Being a Nurse 

CT Jobs Abound – Do We Have an Answer to the Shortage of RT’s?

Advertisements, sign on bonuses, and robust hiring packages are the grist of the labor mill recently.  It appears that COVID-19 took a toll on more than just our patient population. Many health care practitioners retired, changed fields, and/or decided to stay home in the aftermath.  Those that remain loyal and determined find themselves working in environments with extended hours, more overtime, and severe staffing shortages. … Continue reading CT Jobs Abound – Do We Have an Answer to the Shortage of RT’s?