For those that are sonographers - it's a sweat shop.
Pros: You'll learn to scan faster! AND you'll learn the true meaning of a new word - "productivity".
Cons: High stress, too much estrogen/gossiping/cattiness/insecurity
I was sent here by a staffing agency, without realizing i was replacing two techs they had been "let go" because they didn't "cut it". Kaiser interviews well over the phone, and they like to say "it's a fast paced environment". Well, let's just say THAT is like saying "Hitler was a tad aggressive with his ideas."
Your schedule is 16 patients (every 30 mins.) per 8 hour day, per tech. Each exam must be performed within 20 mins. or less. The extra 10 mins, is used inputting your worksheets in a new computer system, plus showing your work to a rad. Sometimes you have to stand in line for this. Thus, there goes your 10 mins. Your schedule will also include 3-4 high risk OB exams daily including fingers, toes, aorta/renal etc. Twins? 20 mins. each. Also, if you do a transvag. exam, you have to also include the time it takes to return the probe to the Cidex room, with paper work to fill out with each of these type of exams.
There are no morning or afternoon breaks. These are included in your lunch hour. You are not allowed to have food or beverages (not even bottled water) in your room. Your room is sometimes randomly inspected sometimes by admin. for these items. If you are caught? You will be reprimanded.
If you are 5+ mins. late to your room, depending on who's in charge, there is a post-it note publicly placed on the managers door with your name on it. If you're doing ER/inpatients, usually, when you walk in the door - before your start time? Your inpatient is already in the room.
Your mistakes are openly discussed/criticized by the mainly – more... female staff from the clerk/assistant all the way to management. By the time you walk out of your room after a screw up, yeah.. everyone knows about it. And THEN you have to go to management to discuss it.
There are techs like myself that are able to do 16 patients in a day. But not in such a regimented environment that basically is a shoulder injury or burnout situation waiting to happen.
I have also seen a tech that had a RIGHT arm problem that might require surgery due to high/volume repetition scanning. Kaiser was so compassionate? They re-arranged the room so that the tech could scan with her LEFT hand instead.
Hostile. If you don't cut it, those females will tear you limb from limb verbally. It's almost as if some of them can't wait for someone to screw up that day.
Those that don't cut it, have not only to deal with the embarrassment of "not cutting it", they have to be let go so that some one can "hurry up" and replace them. There are one or two techs there that are actually compassionate, and encouraging. But when they have their days off, you are on your own.
The evening shift techs are far more relaxed/compassionate than that day shift crew. And you also have the option of working in satellite areas. Which would mean less heat - but same scheduling. – less