That's funny Frank!  What's with kids and tuna?  My daughter (now 11) for about 6 months between ages 5-6 called me "daddy tunafish".. We still laugh about that... Good times, good times...


Doug Marcum
Advanced Ultrasound Consultants
Global Vein Solutions

On Oct 9, 2012, at 3:28 PM, "Franklin W. West" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> With apologies for the rant -
> Jay, we'll have to agree to disagree.  
> First and foremost, I am a patient care provider.  After that I fill
> numerous roles a nurse (BSN, RN), Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT),
> Registered Vascular Specialist (RVS), FSVU (originally RSVT?), and I am
> Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC), etc.  Am I "called anything other
> than a nurse"?  Absolutely.  Does it matter?  IMHO, not really.  If memory
> serves, fully half of the founding members of SNIVT were nurses - however,
> in their wisdom, they created an association that supports all individuals
> performing noninvasive vascular testing, regardless of what they are called.
> Should we let 'names' get in the way of patient care?
> I do not understand any RVTs objection to being referred to as a Registered
> Vascular Technologist, or technologist - after all, why else would one sit
> for the examination resulting in a credential that they personally found
> objectionable?  Options do exist.  
> Your reference to a "hypothetical increment" is simply incorrect - it is
> real.  See the reference below.  These values are used to determine the RVUs
> from which the pool of dollars that funds your salary largely originates.
> There is a difference and that is a fact.
> However, I do agree that your definition of "Tech" clearly does not reflect
> what you believe it means to be a 'professional sonographer' - however,
> neither definition is clearly stated.  
> Have to get back to work - enough of this ... everybody - be what you want
> to be ... My 4 yo grandson claims I'm a tuna, and that's fine with me ... 
> /fww
> -----Original Message-----
> From: UVM Flownet [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of JS
> Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2012 9:05 AM
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> Subject: Re: Still Techs?? - be careful what you wish for ...
> I agree with Joan. First and foremost I am a sonographer. I am primarily a

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