Pros: great leaders and team, patient interaction, schooling, occasional free meal
I spent a short two years employed at RVM working as a Biomed Tech at the Lewisville, Frisco, and Plano units in TX. In my time there I grew to understand my role as a Biomed as well as how a clinical environment works(as I know work in a depot).
A typicals day work, start with rounds making sure the Clinical staff had everything they needed as well as daily morning floor checks on the machines. Followed by any down equipment you have and finish your day out with several different tasks, from mixing acid to taking water cultures to placing the supply order. With the possibility of always seeing a different clinic on a different day, as the RVM Biomed team worked as a tight nit group.
I reported to the Regional Technical Manager of the Midwest Division. I can to this day say he was the most caring invested and driven leader I have worked for. He constantly made sure I had everything I needed to get my job done effectively. He strived to make sure I knew all I could about the dialysis field, the equipment and the water systems. He was a great Manager as well as a caring man I like to call my friend.
At RVM you have a great oppertunity to work with several different types of coworkers. I interacted daily with clinical staff( nurses, pct's admin assistants and Clinical Managers). As well as the Biomed team who covered the Dallas Ft Worth are and a small portion of West Texas and Education Staffing, H.R. Personel and Medical Directors. As for the RVM Biomed Team I worked with, these guys were all older(I came in at 20 years old) and much more experienced. I always felt welcome – more... and was always able to learn something new from each of them. Some of the fellow techs had been fixing dialysis equipment for 20+ years! That is so much knowledge that can be picked from.
The hardest part of the job was finding a way to balance the high demand the clinical staff has of you as the facility Biomed as well as your regularly scheduled task and PMCS. Although it was easily balanced it sometimes became frustrating being asked to come look at an air conditioning vent or set box in the middle of t/s a down unit.
The most enjoyable part of the job was the oppertunity to grow as a tech while being able to meet patients grow close with them and see what joy it brought for them to be able to trust the person working on their equipment. On several occasions I had stopped work to talk to some of my more favored patients as they were being seated or as their treatment shift was ending. I even had one kind man buy myself and the entire clinical staff lunch one day.
I would and have recommend(ed) this company to friends co workers and people looking for jobs on the clinical side. RVM is a company I was proud to work for and am still proud of the fact I got my start as a Biomed with. – less