Everyone must start somewhere, and having attained the title of RVT is
certainly a step in the right direction.
Experience comes with repeated exposure to the various types of test one
Not all labs perform the same and/or every type of test. This will certainly
limit the number (or types of test) and the experience a technologist (new
or old, RVT or not) will have at doing all types of vascular testing.
If those with more knowledge at performing vascular testing are willing to
pass on this knowledge to those with less experience, just think how much
EVERYONE will benefit from this. The bottom line is patient care, they
should come first, the reason anyone is in this field must be to help
Some people are just not willing to educated for all kinds of reasons (or
excuses e.g.. to much trouble,no time,labs to busy, labs to small,don't like
It seems that after some technologists get a certain amount of years behind
them, they forget or lose sight of importance of passing down the knowledge.
Maybe some of those so called "doozies" can and will someday turn out to be
very competent technologist if given the right guidance and the chance to
develop. We must be educators, not critics.
An experienced technologist will know if a person has the potential to be
taught within a few weeks on the job.
Even some doctors need your knowledge and guidance regarding vascular
testing and many are not RVT's.
The first step towards making smarter, more competent professionals begins
Never forget your humble beginnings.
Michael J Pallante
----- Original Message -----
From: Christine Miles <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, September 03, 1999 11:28 PM
Subject: Re: Credentials
> Amen! I have interviewed so doozies. After I make sure they can verbalize
> skill, then I make them scan. (Our secretary is always kind enough to
> volunteer. Having been burned before, I believe it when I see it! -
> In a message dated 8/20/99 3:02:09 PM Central Daylight Time,
> [log in to unmask] writes:
> << Don't assume that just because a person is an RVT that they are capable
> doing any and all types of vascular testing. You need to ask if they
> the experience to do a certain type of test (ex. carotid) not take it for
> granted that since they passed the registry and are registered that they
> perform the procedure correctly.