As an X-ray technologist, this job is great for getting your feet wet and comfortable with mostly extremity based exams and patient interaction. However, long term...CareSpot should NOT be an RT's end goal. Don't feel like you are stuck working here.
While working here, you are FORCED to be cross trained. You will not only perform X-ray exams. Your duties as an employee are that of an RT, MA, as well as as checking patients in and out at the front desk and performing drug screening(hair, blood, and urine) and BAT(breath alcohol testing) testing for DOT and NON-DOT clients. Essentially, you will have many responsibilities with a pay rate that does not reflect the amount of work that is demanded of you.
The X-ray equipment could be rated subpar at best. The X-ray tubes and control panels are perhaps just a step above what one would find at a veterinarians office. As X-ray technologists, it is our duty to abide by ALARA and protect the patients from unnecessary radiation exposure with the use of proper technique, positioning, and shielding. In my experience with the centers that I worked at, sponges for proper positioning were scarce. The ones that did exist were literally falling apart. Proper patient shielding was also scarce. There were no rolling shields to protect patients during PA and Lateral Chest Exams however, a single lead apron was available. Gonadal shields were not present at all. There were thyroid shields available as well as full torso aprons though. Every center that I know of implements the use of CR technology. This means that there should be a decentmore... amount of cassettes available to be used however, that was not the case in my experience. My coworkers and I were limited to having 1 8x10" cassette and 2 14x17" cassettes. If you needed to be fast paced in your exams due to patient condition, this could prove to be challenging to you as a technologist as well as very taxing on the patient. The only grids that were available were located in the exam table and wall bucky. This proved to be a challenge for some table top exams that require the use of grids. The exam table at the center I worked at did not have the option to raise or lower. This proved to be an issue when attempting to perform Chest exams on patients that were shorter than average in height due to the tube not being able to be properly positioned at 72"; the table hindered that. Undue stress on the lower back when positioning patients was also an issue caused by the limitations of the exam table. Furthermore, none of the centers implement the use of AEC to my knowledge so, get comfortable with your kVp and mAs techniques.
The URGENT CARE centers take APPOINTMENTS both online as well as calling ahead. This stacks on top of any patients that may walk-in and wish to be seen. With the way that patients are scheduled(appointments every 15 minutes plus any walk-in patients that may arrive), taking a lunch during your 12 hour shift is a far fetched idea if you don't want to get behind and stay later than you're already going to be there. Some patients have a hard time understanding the concept implemented by CareSpot in regards to it being an Urgent Care center that takes appointments versus just being on a walk-in basis. You may or may not catch some static from discontented patients when you see 5 appointments before them because they were a walk-in.
The hours are hideously long. Just because a center closes at a certain time does NOT mean you will be off of work at closing time. Your 12 hour shift can effortlessly turn into a 13, 14, or even 15 hour shift. The long hours are mainly due to how Corporate demands the Registrars to schedule patients that wish to be seen. If the appointment books are filled till close and there are walk-in patients in the lobby, every person in the center HAS to be seen before anyone can go home. This includes the patients that that walk-in 1 minute before the doors shut. Oh! Also, just because you are hired on at a certain location that you chose because it was convenient to your home, does not mean that you will only be working there. You may be required(Volun-told) from time to pick up shifts at ANY of the locations from St. Augustine, all the way up to Yulee, and even out in Middleburg. You are compensated(poorly) for the mileage though.
Overall, as previously stated - this is a great job to get your feet wet. You will learn a lot of skills and be able to use the skills you learned in both your clinical assignments and classrooms. There are just a lot of Corporate hang ups that can stress you out.less
Co-workers. PTO. Good way to get comfortable with exams.
No breaks. Long hours. Subpar Pay. Understaffed. Very poor X-ray equipment.
Lead Medical Assistant (Former Employee) – United States – April 6, 2018
CareSpot is an amazing place to work at. You have opportunity to move up as well as helping with school. They have a great open door policy. Management care about their employees and treat each other like family.
Physician Assistant (Former Employee) – TN – December 31, 2017
Its a retail clinic who's focus is on volume and patient satisfaction. Actually according to CareSpot you don't have patients you have customers. Satisfaction scores trump all other metrics including outcomes. This leads to a clinic where good clinicians are forced to practice very poor medicine.
decent pay, time off
poor management, clinics are run like a fast food place
Radiologic Technologist/Medical Assistant (Former Employee) – Neptune Beach, FL – October 15, 2017
It is a great place to get cross trained and get the experience I would have to say. No advancement unless you become a lead MA or RT then you can make a 1$ more an hour but you get a ton of responsibilities depending on how dedicated your manager is to their job, 25-50cent raises a year.
Good place to get experience. Interesting cases that will come in.
five different job titles with little to no pay. No job advancement.
Medical Assistant (Current Employee) – Orange Park, FL – October 2, 2017
Good place to start and gain experience but you are treated poorly by the providers and you can't have a set schedule at all. New people with no experience come in making more than people that have been there and those people that have been there get to train the new people. Not fair
Family Friendly Environment in a Corporate Setting
Credentialing Support Coordinator (Current Employee) – Brentwood, TN – July 29, 2017
This workplace is most tolerable and understanding of career objectives and balancing them with family and personal responsibilities. CEO is GREAT!!! Approachable management encourages and supports independent work with peers and team building skills in an effort to increase productivity for effective outcomes; while also reducing the need for micro management. If I could take this office and move it into or near my home town... I would stay here forever.