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Ways to Celebrate NRTW®

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 about how they celebrate at her workplace. One of the games is called “guess the imaged items.” They first imaged items found in or near the radiology department, such as keys, saline flush or a light bulb etc. Then the images are 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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Social Distant and Virtual Celebration Ideas!

  • Showing your employees and coworkers appreciation can boost morale and let them know how essential their work is during these difficult times.

    Invite employees, including those who work remotely, to decorate their department for NRTW®. Host a video tour, create a shared photo drive on Dropbox, or post pictures in your company’s chat or social media channels.
    Employees can receive gifts or participate in drawings, whether it’s a small box that includes NRTW® official gifts or small gifts like gift cards, snacks, water bottle, pens, badge holders, markers or office essentials. Share pictures of everyone opening their gifts on social media or host a gift opening video call for your department.
    Employees can easily participate in friendly competitions in person, through video calls or by sharing photos. Challenge your team to come up with the best department decorations, most fashionable face mask or most creative baked good with a radiologic technology theme.
    End-of-year awards are a good way to recognize the essential work and special accomplishments a team or individual has accomplished. Get creative and use video or special graphics that can be posted to social media sites, newsletters or through email.
    Host a social hour outdoors for your employees and co-workers to enjoy fresh air and sun while exercising social distancing. If food is offered, prepare individual bags of pre-packaged snacks or finger food that need minimal handling. Check your state’s outdoor recreation guidelines before hosting event.
    Using social media sites, host or run a virtual event with a radiologic technology theme. Here are some of the events you can host!
    Trivia night
    Scavenger hunt
    Themed dress days, such as crazy sicks or radiology t-shirts
    Send co-workers random notes of gratitude or hang signs around the department
    Give a social media shout out to essential workers
    Use the NRTW essential picture frame on Facebook
    Use hashtag #NRTW20 and post your celebration pictures on social media

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).

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