Examples of Successful Celebrations

Have Fun During NRTW Week

  • Several facilities around the country help put together a contest for staff. Stephanie Smith, A.A.S., R.T.(R)(M)(CT) shared several ideas of how they celebrate in her workplace. They make a game called “guess the imaged items.” They image items found in or near the radiology department, for example; keys, saline flush, a light bulb etc. The images are then placed into a dummy patient file in the imaging program, and then they have people guess the items by looking at the images, whoever guesses the most items wins a prize.

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  • Provide a few games for people to complete like a word search, coloring pages and puzzles with a radiology theme. Place the game pieces in the office or break room for people to participate.
  • Do a scavenger hunt by hiding the bones of a skeleton around your office or break room and people have to put it back together on a designated wall.
  • A sure way to make a celebration memorable is by proving food for staff and it could have a radiology theme with bone shaped cookies to x-ray cakes or more.

Each year radiologic technologists around the country join in celebrating National Radiologic Technology Week, an event that commemorates the discovery of the x-ray and recognizes the dedicated professionals practicing in the radiologic sciences.

With promotion guide in hand, many technologists around the country use NRTW to help increase local awareness of their celebrations, their professional staff and their facilities, as illustrated below.

Increase Patient Awareness

  • The North Carolina Society of Radiologic Technologists used the celebration as an opportunity to inform the public that North Carolina does not license radiologic technologists. The Lincoln Times-News published an article educating consumers about the importance of minimum education and credentialing standards (Nov. 2, 2005).
  • Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services not only received media coverage about its facility, including a photo of staff, but also celebrated the week by creating an educational booth for patients and other staff that displayed x-ray images acquired during various procedures (The Independent, Gallup, N.M., Nov. 10, 2006).

Create Awareness About Your Facility's Offerings and Expertise

  • Haywood Regional Medical Center provided detailed information about its services, including a mention that its staff is certified and registered. The Waynesville Enterprise-Mountaineer published a detailed list of services and expertise offered at the hospital (Nov. 4, 2005).
  • The Delta County Independent featured an article about Delta County Memorial Hospital that included facts about how many radiology exams are completed by the facility annually, the types of exams performed and the types of equipment used, including featuring the facilitys new PACS and how it improves delivery of patient care. The article also listed the names of all radiologic technologist staff (Nov. 15, 2006).
  • Pana Community Hospital R.T.s were featured in several regional newspapers in Illinois. Each staff members name and credentials were listed, giving even more recognition to the level of education and professionalism required in the field (Ramsey News Journal, Ramsey, Ill., Nov. 16, 2006; Golden Prairie News, Assumption, Ill., Nov. 30, 2006; Daily Union, Shelbyville, Ill., Nov. 15, 2006).

Recognize Dedicated Professionals

What better way to extend extra kudos to your dedicated staff than to get their names and photos printed in your local newspapers?

  • Onconee Memorial Hospital used the week to bring public attention to its services in radiography by providing a photograph of the radiography staff. (The Daily Journal, Seneca, S.C., Nov. 8, 2005.)
  • Fairfield Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro, Ill., received coverage in its local newspaper with a photo of their entire staff. Their manager recognized their dedication, skill and knowledge. (Times Leader, Nov. 15, 2006).
  • Marion Technical College recognized the dedication of the colleges administrators, staff and students of its School of Radiology (Morrow County Sentinel, Mt. Gilead, Ohio, Nov. 8, 2006).

Mayoral Proclamation

  • Rolla Technical Center's radiography program celebrated National Radiologic Technology Week with an NRTW proclamation signing by Rolla Mayor, Joe Morgan. (Rolla Daily News, Rolla, Mo., Nov. 15, 2004.)

Write an Article

  • Nicole Winkler, a radiologic technologist and graduate student at the University of Virginia Health System Department of Radiology, submitted an article to the Charlottesville Daily Progress. Ms. Winkler took this opportunity to gain recognition for the profession by describing the education that a radiologic technologist receives and by reviewing the technologist's role in health care (Nov. 6, 2005.)
  • Regional West Medical Center, located in Scottsbluff, Neb., contributed an article about the discovery of the x-ray, its history of usage for diagnosis and treatment of illness and called out the hospitals services and competitive advantages in radiology (Star-Herald, Nov. 18, 2006).

Watch the Trades

Many trade magazines publish stories about NRTW. They appreciate stories from you about how you celebrate, experiences you've had in ensuring patient care and your participation in the overall health care team.

  • RT Image printed an article after soliciting responses from R.T.s about how they've made a difference to their patients' lives. The article featured six stories and photos submitted by R.T.s (Nov. 7, 2005).