Top 10 Things An RT is Thankful For
In light of the holiday I would like to post the top 10 things I am thankful for as an RT:
10. My trusty pulse ox. I know you are just a trending tool, but what a trending tool you are. We have been through a lot together. That 80-year-old with the cold hands. Wait, all those 80-year-olds with cold hands. I did a clinical at a facility where RTs did not carry pulse oxs ... not sure how an RT can function like that.
9. My COW - Computer On Wheels. Before I had my COW I had to jot all my charting on a scribbled up note pad of nonsense and then try to decipher when I got back to the department, praying I got it all done before they stopped serving breakfast. Now I chart at the bedside and know breakfast will still be nice and hot when I get done.
8. Well-fitting scrubs. I have worn scrubs that were either too big, too small, too tight, not enough pockets, too many pockets ... scratch that, you can't ever have too many pockets, but you get the point. Scrubs that are ill fitting or ill equipped for the job can ruin a shift.
7. Protocols. Evidence-based medicine at it's streamlined finest.
6. Providers that are open to suggestion and conversation. Really, is there anything better than when you make a suggestion and it is taken into consideration and used. Even if it isn't used, in my mind there is nothing better than an open dialogue between an RT and a physician that leads to optimum patient care.
5. My watch with a second hand. I broke a watch one time and went a week before I got another one. A watch with a second hand might not be something you notice every day, but you sure notice when you don't have one.
4. PRN work. What other line of work, other than healthcare, can you go to another facility and plug right in and do your job and get paid well to do it?
3. Good nurses. This could easily be #1. There is nothing better than a helpful, confident and competent nurse.
2. My "ears". Do I really need to explain this one? I would be like a carpenter without a hammer if I didn't have my stethoscope.
1. My coworkers. I work with some wonderful RTs, and I want to take a second to list them by name: Jennifer, Nancy, Jenny, Kerri, Chris, Jason, Tiffany and Kim. I have learned so much from all of you and am thankful to have you as coworkers and confidants. You are all great RTs and it is a pleasure to work with you. You make it fun to come to work and I can't thank you enough for that.