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Radiology Life • February 2017

7 | ADVANCE FOR RADIOLOGY LiFE | COVER STORY Barry Southers, MEd, RT(R)(MR), associate professor and MRI program director at the University of Cincinnati, makes it a point to delineate tension-promoting aspects of the profession for students preparing to enter the field. Here are some of the stressors he cited. Full-time Positions are Limited — Over the past five years, hospitals have been moving away from hiring full-time radiologic technologists and have instead been trending toward employing part-time and as-needed (PRN) RTs, said Southers. “We survey our graduates every year and we have noticed a big drop-off in full-time positions available, and benefits,” he told Radiology Life. While he said the loss of benefits has been somewhat counterbalanced for younger workers who may be able to stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26, RTs over 26 are feeling the pinch — and it hurts. “I should clarify that there are jobs out there — but primarily part-time and PRN,” said Southers. “Some of these employees eventually work their way into a full-time position. But the reality for people entering the field is they will probably be juggling two part-time jobs in order to make the necessary income — and that alone breeds stress. It means / there may be two hospital cultures to acclimate to, two technological platforms to learn, two schedules to accommodate, two groups of co-workers to get to know, etc. “ Southers said even when those stress factors are dealt with, the realization of non-accrual of vacation or sick time, added to the lack of healthcare benefits, can be a tough pill to swallow. “Even though we prepare students for this reality, they tend to think that by time they graduate it will all have changed. It comes as a shock to their system when they realized it hasn’t. It can be tough,” he lamented. Multitasking is Expected — Job descriptions today often say things such as “technologist wanted with MRI and CT experience.” “The point is, employers are now looking for radiologic technologists experienced in more than one modality,” Southers said. “They might want someone with CT experience and nuclear medicine experience. Multiple credentials are becoming the norm because it allows facilities to stretch one person across two spots. It is a cost savings for a hospital, but can be a source of stress for employees.” Certainly having more than one certifi- FEBRUARY 2017 Saint Peter’s University Hospital was founded in 1907 and is a member of the Saint Peter’s Healthcare System formed in 2007. Saint Peter’s University Hospital is a Joint Commission accredited 478 bed acute care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. RADIOLOGY INFORMATICS ANALYST Full Time Independently and under the supervision of the RIS/PACS Administrator or the Director of Radiology, the Radiology Informatics Analyst will manage the operations of the Radiology/Cardiology Information systems at the local facility and potentially multiple o site and/or home o ces to meet the clinical needs of the managing Radiology/Cardiology workfl ow and referring physicians’ expectations of receipt of reports. 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Radiology Life • February 2017
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