Productivity has decreased as patient volume keeps declining. It has been very difficult the past year as patients are now turning to other facilities such as Doctor offices to have their testing done. Unfortunately due to this it has caused job security to drop. My task as a cardiovascular tech were to perform EKGs as well as Cardiovascular testing (Lexiscans, Dobutamine, Stress Echo/Treadmill, Adenosine, etc.) I also do transcription for the Doctors after EKGs were read and then would scan into the PACS system. Also answered phones for scheduling and any reports that needed to be faxed to other offices. I was also cross trained in the neuro dept to perform EEGs studies when help was needed. I am also licensed in Phlebotomy and have performed venipunctures if needed for STATs or the help.
We had got new management 2 years ago and unfortunately management does not seem to want to listen to their employees when voices want to be heard. I feel that this causes alot of problems and a hostile enviroment for everyone. We are all a team and should work together not against each other or for themselves only.
The hardest part of my job is right now and not being able to work like I had been before. I love being in the medical field and helping people. I miss the patients and their families and knowing I was part of a place that helped them.
The most enjoyable part is the part that no one sees and thats when I get one on one face time with the patient and explain things to them and they learn to trust me and I become more of a helping hand to them instead of some stranger who is just there to do their work and get it over with, Each person that comes through the door of any care facility is scared and trust no one. I know, I was one of those people and the last thing they need is grief or to feel like they are being interogated instead of cared for. I was more than happy to help them in any way possible even if it went above my job duty.
My co-workers that I sit next to and I do not speak anymore unfortunately due to circumstances that happened at work and no one wants to fess up. It is a sad situation but I am at peace knowing I have done nothing wrong and I know now that they are just people I work with and that is it.
The hospital is beautiful and I love it there but things are changing and a lot of people are having to flex more and it is not giving anyone much hope. I want to help and care for people as much as I can but if there is no patient, then there is no testing, if there is no testing there is no work.