Pros: independence of operation, overtime earnings opportunity, courtesy and pleasantness of clinical staff, nurses and administrators..
Cons: lack of presence, availability, support, self-interested according to budget requirements, unrealistic hr and department manager, my being used as a pawn, hiring a new-grad trainee for the work-load and responsibilities expected, low-paid first-time intern
Disappointed at how my new-grad position was mismanaged. I learned how to run the entire workings of an echo cardiology lab, from in-coming interdepartmental calls for scheduling, to performing all cardiac sonography examinations while carrying a pager-on-call, responsible for covering the out-patient schedule, while having to respond to calls for TEE – more... surgery, emergency room and ICU and then to complete the day, usually after hours to perform any in-patient echo requisitions for cardiologists to read the following day, when patients were not readily available according to dinner and bathing and visitation and sleeping time.
The only person available to train me was a traveling tech who had no interest in my obtaining the necessary hands-on training that I was assured. He was written up for non-compliance through rude, abrupt and pushy behaviour with patients and nurses and nurse administrators, although he provided everything required to keep the cardiologists happy with his work. I was terminated just before my 30 days of probation, just before my union membership would have been granted, within a week after
The hardest part of my job was lack of support and communication from the manager, the traveling tech and the back-up tech, who also made himself unavailable, as he had been turned down after applying for the full-time position that I had been hired for. The hardest task was that I was expected to take on the full-time responsibilities of the entire schedule, to run the entire workings of the echo lab as the solo employee in my capacity of newly graduated and first-time intern clinical trainee cardiac sonographer, after this traveler was terminated within three weeks when the manager took leave for a week with voicemail and cell phone completely unavailable to take calls, or even messages.
The most enjoyable part of the job was having all the exposure to and learning all the aspects required to keep an echo lab running. I enjoyed the opportunity I was given and I enjoyed the input and encouragement from the two cardiologists I worked with that spent most time in the hospital and the nurses and even the traveler tech., when he was not overly stressed out from trying to complete his schedule before the end of a normal work-day. Even the back-up tech. came in to bail me out and help me during the final weekend I was there alone, asking for help when my moving truck arrived with the rest of my belongings to settle in the area and the following day the parting comment I received from the manager was that I had made a heroic attempt and that I was so close to being able to keep things running alone, which was re-iterated by the back-up tech.! – less