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Earl in Marshfield, Wisconsin

48 months ago

I had an a dream last night night, with Armageddon as it's theme. My wife and I were looking out the upstairs window, and we could see the fire trail from the missiles raining down...Now I'm sure that the thunderstorm last night had something to do with the content of my dream, but I am also confident that the present economy has something to do with it as well.

The meaning of my dream was very evident as soon as I woke up. Nuclear Medicine as a career is being bombed out, with warheads coming from every direction.

1. Schools cranking out obscene number of students.
2. Hospitals cutting back on staff.
3. Obama's healthcare reform= Reimbursement cuts for imaging procedures
4. Tc-99m shortage: Why no medical isotopes from reactors here in US? Government
does not want to have to pay for againg baby boomers to have tests? What
better way to not pay than to not have any medicine in the first place.

In short, we're taking it from all sides.

It's not as simple as digging a foxhole and waiting it out. This trouble will find you and turn you out of that hole in a wink of an eye.

To all prospective students: Run, while you have the chance. Spend your money on something you'll have a job in.

To all current techs, employed or otherwise: Get a game plan for what you will do when "they" come to your foxhole and escort you out the door. Don't wait for garbage to happen. Be proactive enough to at least get a plan together.

What do I mean by a plan?

1. If you don't already have one, get an emergency fund set up fast. I don't care if you start with $10, you need to get saving towards the event that you will be out of work. Any money you can squirrel away now will help you when the grim reaper from management swings his scythe at you.

2. Be flexible. Be willing to reschool and retool for better times. Don't sit back and let life happen. If you don't run your life, somebody else will!

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MARK IACOBAZZI in Bloomingdale, Illinois

48 months ago

I DEFINITELY AGREE WITH ALL YOU HAD TO SAY. IT'S DEFINITELY SIGNS OF THE END TIMES, AND IT'S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER. WE HAVE TO BE READY IN THE QUIET TIMES BEFORE DISASTER HITS LIKE A TON OF BRICKS.

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Brady in Leipsic, Ohio

47 months ago

Everything has it's ups and down, jobs hiring has started to rebound up. I can't see it being an end, maybe a bump or a wall at the moment but it will get better.

But I do agree with saving, it's been said you should have enought o survive for 6 months in case you do lose a job and it is suggested it could take up to that long to get rehired.

But then that could be earlier, but it's good to have enough for up to then just in case. But you only fail at job hiring is when you fail with yourself.

Even if it's a temp job that you don't think you'll like or think underneath you, least something (a door we'll say) to eventual hiring or weathering out whatever happens.

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Jonwalker in Grove, Oklahoma

47 months ago

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1. Schools cranking out obscene number of students.
2. Hospitals cutting back on staff.
3. Obama's healthcare reform= Reimbursement cuts for imaging procedures
4. Tc-99m shortage: Why no medical isotopes from reactors here in US? Government
does not want to have to pay for againg baby boomers to have tests? What
better way to not pay than to not have any medicine in the first place.

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1. Support the senate bill (3652) C.A.R.E. bill. Will weed off the AS programs, noncerts and x-trainers.

2. When the shortage is over, they will have the hrs and money to justify the Staff.

3. Thats a cop-out. We are always getting dinged on Reimbursement from the government. I think the bill will actually help us. More people will have insurance and will use it, instead of sitting home with aches and pains. Our produtivity will go up. Docs will order the test and the Hospitals will be forced to supply the techs to keep up demand.

4. "Ol Canada" will kick back in, in July. If we are lucky, the tree huggers will be focused on the oil spill and let us convert that reactor here in the US over.

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Don't wait! in Virginia Beach, Virginia

47 months ago

AMEN to the very first post! Set up an emergency fund if you have a job, because the rug can be pulled out beneath anyone of us, anytime, and find a way to get out of this dead end!

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WheelSpin in Everett, Washington

46 months ago

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1. Support the senate bill (3652) C.A.R.E. bill. Will weed off the AS programs, noncerts and x-trainers.

2. When the shortage is over, they will have the hrs and money to justify the Staff.

AS programs may die in nursing before they die in NM. Still doesn't change the current overpopulation of applicants relative to jobs. It'll be years before this situation recovers.

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3. Thats a cop-out. We are always getting dinged on Reimbursement from the government. I think the bill will actually help us. More people will have insurance and will use it, instead of sitting home with aches and pains. Our produtivity will go up. Docs will order the test and the Hospitals will be forced to supply the techs to keep up demand.

A solution to the HC system we endure was needed, but this "Medicare II" wasn't it. Having worked in an ER & in the area of insurance/carrier pre-auth, I can attest to the lack of coverage provided under Medicare, Medical, etc., etc., ad nauseum. This won't "open the floodgates" as some would hope. Rather, it will raise demand w/o providing adequate funding.

Some people need to be constantly reminded: this country has been operating under a cycle of unsustainable debt, & now the bill is coming due. It's not possible to legislate debt away, nor float "univesal coverage" on red ink. Limited resources & standing in line will be the order of the day in such a climate, much as in every other industrialized nation w/ "universal care". We'll have to adapt to a model of "managed" demand vis-a-vis reduced/limited supply. Call that "coverage", if you like.

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4. "Ol Canada" will kick back in, in July. If we are lucky, the tree huggers will be focused on the oil spill and let us convert that reactor here in the US over.

A domestic reactor is a larger political issue outside of NM.

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WheelSpin in Everett, Washington

46 months ago

[QUOTE]
1. Support the senate bill (3652) C.A.R.E. bill. Will weed off the AS programs, noncerts and x-trainers.

2. When the shortage is over, they will have the hrs and money to justify the Staff.

AS programs may die in nursing before they die in NM. Still doesn't change the current overpopulation of applicants relative to jobs. It'll be years before this situation recovers.

[QUOTE]
3. Thats a cop-out. We are always getting dinged on Reimbursement from the government. I think the bill will actually help us. More people will have insurance and will use it, instead of sitting home with aches and pains. Our produtivity will go up. Docs will order the test and the Hospitals will be forced to supply the techs to keep up demand.

A solution to the HC system we endure was needed, but this "Medicare II" wasn't it. Having worked in an ER & in the area of insurance/carrier pre-auth, I can attest to the lack of coverage provided under Medicare, Medical, etc., etc., ad nauseum. This won't "open the floodgates" as some would hope. Rather, it will raise demand w/o providing adequate funding.

Some people need to be constantly reminded: this country has been operating under a cycle of unsustainable debt, & now the bill is coming due. It's not possible to legislate debt away, nor float "univesal coverage" on red ink. Limited resources & standing in line will be the order of the day in such a climate, much as in every other industrialized nation w/ "universal care". We'll have to adapt to a model of "managed" demand vis-a-vis reduced/limited supply. Call that "coverage", if you like.

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4. "Ol Canada" will kick back in, in July. If we are lucky, the tree huggers will be focused on the oil spill and let us convert that reactor here in the US over.

A domestic reactor is a larger political issue outside of NM.

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randuman103 in Carmel, New York

46 months ago

My story goes as such, maybe one can relate...I graduated from one of the best Nuc Med programs in the east(and one of the most expensive)in 2007. I thank my lucky stars that I was hired a per-diem job directly out of my intership program, which was literally 2 months before things started to take a hit. I was hired from WHO I KNOW, NOT WHAT I KNOW, dont let anyone tell u it's different, bad economy or not. I've been looking for a full time position ever since, to no avail. 2 interviews in 3 years...the number of online apps i sent must be over 100, so I figured go back to school(what other choice does one have?)and study CT to become a PET/CT tech to expand my horizons. Well, I was told I can't sit for the certification boards or be able to intern...I honestly thought it was some kind of joke/test, being they told me during FINALS WEEK. Their explaination was even worse, I think they basically found out they couldnt pay for insurance. There's another $2,500 wasted in a failing career. I chose not to get my money back, I wouldnt get credit for the course that I COMMUTED 2 HRS FOR AND TOOK ME A SEMESTER TO COMPLETE, would you? Well, after getting an A-(and a whole butt-load of CE credits) I begged Stony Brook and Bartone (two other schools)if I could transfer my CT credits and intern...ANYWHERE. Nope. I made a final hard-to-swallow decision...STAY AWAY FROM NUC MED...everyone says wait it out, DONT! It very well may be 10 years before things start to look up, considering they do at all. I wanted this to be my career, but after years of working with non-responsive employment agencies, fighting with schools, begging hospitals and private offices alike...I gave up. Yea yea boo-hoo for me, but the tenacity in which I'm looking for job is pretty fierce. If I went through all that for nothing, I can't even fathom what new grads gotta do, besides going straight back to school, and paying out their already poor butts in a society where the masters degree is the norm. Thanks

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