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Clinical Ed Checklist for Radiologic Technologist Students

Clinical Ed Checklist for Radiologic Technologist Students

By Cindy Mehallow | Monster Contributing Writer

5. Gain Experience

“There are no two patients alike, and no two examinations are performed identically,” says Mitchell, president-elect of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). “Each procedure you perform builds on your knowledge and proficiency.” That, in turn, boosts your self-confidence.

6. Sharpen Skills

Use your critical thinking, patient assessment, exposure and positioning knowledge. Listen, observe and learn from the experienced technologists, Mitchell says.

7. Develop Relationships

Besides mastering clinical competencies, cultivate solid working relationships. At LACC, the clinical coordinator and onsite instructor evaluate students on their interpersonal relationships with staff members and other students. “Every department has a personality, and you have to fit in, or you’re not going to be a happy worker,” Vasquez says. Employers want a cohesive team and will look for that fit in a student.

8. Build a Reputation

“You are being scrutinized with the possibility of being hired from the time you walk in the door,” says Greer, who serves on the ASRT’s bachelor’s curriculum revision committee. Your behavior on the job is your best route to a job offer.

9. Take the Initiative

Stellar students are more assertive, Vasquez says. They take the initiative. Take the knowledge you have and apply it. If you want your clinical site to hire you, speak up. Introduce yourself to the supervisor, convey your interest in working there and ask about potential openings. About half of UNMC’s rad tech graduates wind up working at one of their clinical education sites, Mitchell says.

10. See Your Future

Constant changes in medical imaging technology mean that institutions are moving from film to filmless to digitized images. You need to be computer-savvy, understand how new technology works and be familiar with the new equipment. While in clinicals, make sure you’re learning everything the staff is learning.

This article originally appeared on Monster Career Advice.

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