Clinical time was hard and very productive.
Pros: excellent department, whole department ate lunch together frequently- builds teamwork
Cons: hospital climate always cold, summer or winter.
I worked full time my clinical year, as well as my part-time job.
My clinical site was very challenging and detailed. My instructors worked very hard to make me an exacting and detailed tech. Their teaching is still with me today.
I constantly refer back to my time here. I've found that this institution was very thorough and detailed in patient care. All the way from computer log-in to patient discharge planning, everything is very detailed and thought out to protect the patient and provide the best possible care.
We had a diverse staff - each with their own specialties. I really enjoyed learning vascular here. Vascular ultrasound doesn't have one good book, yet. So learning this skill is dependent upon having good teachers. My main job at clinical time was to learn general ultrasound, so I feel fortunate to have received good instruction on vascular as well.
One of the management is an author and is a good teacher. She has written an excellent book for ultrasound.
The hardest part of my clinical years was doing one exam different ways for each of my 5 different instructors.
We did a wide variety of ultrasound exams here. I miss doing renal doppler, dialysis grafts, and vein mapping for dialysis grafts.
I was fortunate to do my clinical time at the hospital at which I was employed. So I was working with nurses and doctors with which I was familiar with. This made my time here so much easier. After working here for 5 years I felt that many co-workers were an extended family. We worked hard together as a team.