Pros: Diverse work environment, good benefits, good salary, good coworkers
Cons: Long commute, parking issues, equipment breakdown issues
Being a second shift technologist, a typical day at work begins with connecting with fellow co-workers for a report on the day's events. We, the evening shift work together to cover all the required areas including outpatient clinical, portables, OR, spine center, joint center imaging. Because we have a smaller staff than the day shift we all cooperate by smoothly flowing from one task to another. For example, first you may have a few portable xrays in the NICU and next you're doing a multiple trauma study in the ER. The ability to change hats is one of the most useful and effective skills I have acquired. Because we work second shift we are mostly self managing which is another valuable skill. Me and my co-workers take turns when simple management skills are required. Of course we properly report any significant events for our managers to keep them in the loop. The hardest part of the job for me has been dealing with security issues and patients with bad intentions (i.e., drug seekers). There are many best parts for me. I find working the c-arm on orthopaedic cases in the OR fascinating. Caring for elderly patients is also very satisfying. Often I find myself in awe of their strength and knowledge despite the fact that they may be terminally ill. I chose to change my career path almost ten years ago to become a rad tech. The only regret I have is that I didn't do it sooner.