Pros: free lunch when worked as a volunteer
Cons: i wish they had more room to perform echo test or hire more sonographers
I started my morning by checking on daily patient schedules. Followed with my supervisor lead on directing patients to echo lab to start their test. I learned to pay attention to the physician order on patient chart and look for symptoms or pre-diagnosis on the echo image. All the 2d echo images were taken including color doppler, M-mode modality. If we were requested by the ordering physician to look for any pathology and it needed an injection of IV on patient arm, a nurse were called to the station to do so for our purposes of injection of fat molecules via IV administered under a nurse supervision. Co-workers were friendly and supportive when hard times demanding on the job. The hardest part of the job was when we were assigned to prepare to do a TEE echo test. I could manage under my lead sonographer to follow the direction and just wait for the doctor to give us the order to go. The rest were easy. The most enjoyable part of the job was to help patients and being supportive all the way throughout the entire test and give them sense of comfort and attention. I really liked the management personel at VA Long Beach, very respectful and making sure I was learning on days I was at the site.