Editorial

Radiology Life • February 2017

4 | ADVANCE FOR RADIOLOGY LiFE | EDITORIAL Editorial: Stressed Out When we kicked off Radiology Life in the fall of 2016, we promised to explore the factors impacting your work lives, with a focus on a variety of unique roles within the radiology industry. It was always our intention to talk about the work you’re doing every day in radiology, and the impact it has on your personal lives. So what could be more personal than stress? We all experience it in varying degrees. If you work, you have stress. Some jobs may be more stressful than others. Think of the tollbooth people at the turnpike stops. They may seem to have a somewhat relaxed work life: They sit in their booth and collect money all day. They can chill out. Not so bad, right? But they have to cross to their booths in oncoming traffic. Things get intense during rush hour with the daily traffic jams. And I’m sure, from time to time, they have to deal with irate/irrational drivers, or the most dreaded thing of all: those who don’t have exact change. Every job has stress. And in this issue of Radiology Life, staff writer Valerie Neff Hewitt gives us welcome, valuable insight on one of the most stressful roles in your line of work: the radiologic technologist. HOW TO CONTACT US: Merion Matters, ADVANCE for Radiology Life. 2900 Horizon Drive, King of Prussia, PA 19406-0956, (610) 278-1400, www.advanceweb.com, For a FREE subscription: (800) 355-1088, To order Article Reprints: (800) 355-5627, ext. 1446, To place a calendar, display or recruitment ad, or to contact the editorial department: (800) 355-5627 PRESIDENT Ann Wiest Kielinski GENERAL MANAGER W.M. “Woody” Kielinski EDITORIAL Editor: Howard Whitman hwhitman@advanceweb.com Assistant Editor: John DeLuca jdeluca@advanceweb.com Web Director: Jennifer Montone jmontone@advanceweb.com DESIGN Design Director: Walt Saylor Mac Tech Manager & Production: Michael Galban Production Manager: Cheryl A. Drotar Associate Art Director: Scott Frymoyer MARKETING Marketing Director: Maria Senior ADMINISTRATION Senior Recruiter: Ellen Spiegel Director Sales Administration: Mike Connor HEALTHCARE FACILITY ADVERTISING Group Sales Manager: Amy Sherlock DISPLAY ADVERTISING Account Executives: Clark Celmayster, Tom Neely, Meg Celmayster National Corporations Sales Manager: Rachel Laird EDUCATION ADVERTISING Senior Account Executive: Christine Hudak CUSTOM PROMOTIONS Sales Manager: Mike Kerr 660 American Ave, King of Prussia, PA 19406-0956, 804-4888,These professionals have a tough gig. It’s stressful in both mental and physical ways. And while the physical stress (lower back pain, etc.) can be relieved through ergonomics and other techniques, the mental stress is not as easily dealt with. The challenges of this job create stress. For instance, radiologic technologists are expected to handle multiple tasks, and that kind of on-the- job pressure can be stressful to the best of us. We spoke to an associate director and MRI program director at a prominent university about the stressors associated with this challenging job. He offered sound ideas on the factors behind the stress. And while there is no fix-all for these challenges, there are potential solutions he suggested that can be put into play today at your practice. Many of these suggestions could be applied to numerous stressful jobs in your practice. We’re here to offer help, and this is the kind of help we’re delighted to present: practical, efficient, low-or-no-cost suggestions to help improve your radiology life. Howard Whitman Editor, Radiology Life hwhitman@advanceweb.com / FEBRUARY 2017


Radiology Life • February 2017
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