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Gregg Taylor <[log in to unmask]>
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UVM Flownet <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 1 Sep 1999 09:40:07 -0400
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Well said !!!!!  Bravo !!!!!

"Collins, Lonnie" wrote:

> Victoria and all,
> 20 exams in one day is just wrong. You as the professional providing the
> service must set the boundaries as to what you can and can not do. I've
> been in medical imaging since 1984 and all of the modalities can experience
> burnout. You have to look at the type of person you are. If you're a
> people pleaser and need the excess affirmation of others, (manager,
> physician), then you will lose all sense of what a normal work load is.
> Once you start down that road, people around you begin to think that every
> Sonographer should be doing 15 - 20 exams per day. It's a big BAD mother of
> a Monster! It destroys marriages, families and ask your children how they
> feel about your hours away from home, not to mention what it teaches them
> about future work habits.
> My two cents:
> You must have a good understanding of your field.
> Don't let others tell you how much you should do in a day. Look at the
> number of add-ons.
> You may need to leave your afternoons open for add-ons only.
> You must be able to set boundaries and hold to them.
> I can give you a productive 8 hour day and I am willing to give you an extra
> one hour of OT for the late emergent add-on. If this does not meet the
> need, then you need to add a staff member. Quote your source, have numbers
> to back your claims.
> You must be able to communicate in a professional manner.
> Put your ideas in writing, just out-line your basic thoughts on ways to make
> the job better for you and the hospital.
> You must side-line the "anger" that you have allowed yourself to be pushed
> into.
> The anger will get you no where. Paxil or Prozac may help!
> Realize that there is a point of no return with any employer or profession
> and you have to be willing to say, "hey, it's time to move on. or it's time
> to make a change."
> Let's be real, Hospitals and the system is extremely dysfunctional, some
> more than others. You either work to make positive changes with others that
> are like minded or you have the wisdom to see that "this weed can not be
> killed."
> Don't be afraid to mark a line in the sand. Management assumes that most
> people don't have the baseballs to stand their ground. I know, I'm
> management.
> I have spent many years blaming others at different times for the pit that I
> was in.
> Many of us spend a great deal of time digging wells for water, only to find
> the well is dry. That's the only difference between a well and a
> "Big-O-hole", as we say in Missouri.
> How much life have you already missed out on while digging your holes, when
> all you wanted was water.
> Thanks for reading
> Lonnie Collins, RVT
> Coordinator/Technical Director
> Vascular Lab Services
> University Hospital and Clinics
> University of Missouri, Columbia
> (573) 882-3020
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Victoria A. Valentine [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> > Sent: Thursday, August 19, 1999 8:16 AM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: On-Call Issues
> >
> > McAninch, Bridget wrote:
> > >
> > > Just wanting a procedure performed does not justify a technologist to be
> > > called in. It makes me wonder where this profession is going. The
> > reason I
> > > am commenting in this manner is that the area which I am from appears to
> > be
> > > going through a very dramatic time. Techs are working 12-15 hours per
> > day
> > > which is creating total burnout.
> >
> > Bridget,
> > I agree. I work in a very small hospital where we only have one full
> > time and one part time sonographer. Ours is a non-specialized
> > department, i.e. we do all types of exams, ob/gyn, abdomens,
> > aspirations, core biopsies, and vascular studies. We are scheduled for
> > 12 hour days 7A-7P, but rarely leave before 9P. Frequently we start at
> > 6:30A. Then we still have to do call and be back at 7 the next AM. We
> > only have one machine, and only one sonographer works at at time.
> > Saturdays and Sundays are our "easy" days, Saturday we are only
> > scheduled 8 hours, or 4 hours depending on who is the one working, then
> > call. Sunday is call only. On top of this, the hospital doesn't want
> > to pay overtime, they want you to take comp time. Unfortunately, they
> > only want the part time sonographer to work between 24-28 hours a week
> > so how can the full time person take comp time if there is no one to
> > cover her hours?? These are questions. Burnout is definately the
> > correct term. We schedule between 12-15 exams per day, but with addons
> > stuck in, and ED and inpatients, this can go up over 20. This may not
> > seem like much to those in large departments, but for one person on one
> > machine, it can be brutal. OK, I'm done venting...sorry. I love my
> > job, but I dislike what it is becoming. I never thought I would say
> > this, but I've been looking into other fields.
> >
> > Victoria A. Valentine, BA, RDMS