Sunday, July 15, 2007

Goin' Good

Hey Everyone! Sorry for the "Long Time, No Write" situation. Everything is going pretty well in my clinicals and I'm pulling straight A's in my two classes, Pathology and Film Critique. They are starting to let me do a lot more on my own at clinicals, which I really enjoy. It really gives me the freedom to solve problems on my own, instead of someone just telling me how to do something. Granted, I'm not as fast as most of the other techs, but my images sure are starting to look good.

I have to say I'm pretty lucky. From what I've read on other Rad Tech student blogs and heard from classmates, the techs at my clinical site are extremely supportive and patient with me. Even though I do complain sometimes (especially about surgery rotation), I'm really happy to be where I am and am looking forward to getting hired on there once I graduate.

As for competencies, I only have 1 mandatory and about 5 elective comps left to test off on. Unfortunately, my last mandatory comp is of the skull, which we very rarely get, since most head trauma patients go straight to CT. But I'm hopeful that sometime soon I'll get a nice juicy, walkie-talkie outpatient to do my first and last skull on. The positioning for the skull is actually pretty easy if you have a cooperative and fairly mobile patient. The routine positions for the skull at my clinical site are PA Caldwell, AP Towne, both laterals and the good ol' SMV. So cross your fingers for me that I'll get that soon.

5 comments:

Mary said...

Have you thought about asking one of the ED Dr's to order one on a patient for you to do? I know the ones I work with will occasionally order sinus or skull series, especially on patients who are young and/or have poor or no health insurance. It's alot cheaper for the PT plus a lot lower dose.

Glad things are going well :)

ArizonaDB said...

Hi Mary,

Thats a good idea. I had not considered that. I'll have to look into it. Thanks for the suggestion. I hope everyone likes the new look of the blog.

ArizonaDB

Mary said...

I think the blog looks great! I need to add your photo blog to my list of blogs to take a look at...

My new job has internet nazi's for the IT guys. So I try not to do anything other than the normal news websites while at work...And since I'm working like 60 hours a week, that's all I seem to do...

ArizonaDB said...

Thanks, Mary. Sorry the guys at work are such nazis about the internet. Unless youre looking at porn or something whats the point of restricting people. Anyway, thanks for the comments.

ArizonaDB

paradise.found said...

AB,

You're almost done with your comps? Mad props on that! I've got many to go. The nice thing about training at a county hospital in a large metro area is that I see a lot of stuff. So I should be able to catch up!

Anyway, I'm growing to love the OR. So just stick with your positive attitude. It sounds like you're on top of it.