Powerful Together Contest

Thank you for entering the 2018 Powerful Together Contest.

We had over 200 entries in the NRTW Powerful Together contest and these three were chosen because they best exemplify this year’s NRTW theme of Powerful Together that emphasizes that R.T.s can better advocate for high professional standards of patient care when they work together. Each winner will receive the popular Combo Kit, which is chock-full of fun NRTW® products, plus a $300 cash prize.

NRTW Contest Winners

Holly Flinn, A.A.
Ashley Breen

Students, Northern Essex Community College
Lawrence, Massachusetts

Program students celebrate National Radiologic Technology Week® in several ways.

As senior radiologic technology students, we worked on a presentation highlighting the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession that emphasized what radiologic technologists love about working in the profession and highlighted what they do. This presentation also showed incoming students what to expect from their clinical site experience and from the clinical instructors who would be teaching them patient care, radiation safety and positioning.

Students at each clinical site created posters to educate the public about the hospitals in the community. The posters showed the imaging services each provides and what each specializes in as a way to help the public with their health care decision-making. The posters also give incoming students an idea of what to expect at their clinical sites, such as the equipment they will be using and the procedures they might take part in. The posters are hung across the NECC campus so that students, faculty and visitors can learn about the hospitals and the imaging services they provide.

As a class, we made another set of posters and hung them around our campus during NRTW to show potential students and visitors what radiologic technology is all about. These posters focused on different aspects such as ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable), what radiologic technologists do to protect a patient during an exam and how radiologic technologists perform emergency exams in trauma situations.

Probably the most important event we took part in that illustrates this year’s NRTW theme, “Powerful Together,” was going to the Massachusetts State House in fall 2017. The students in our program, students from other area colleges and licensed technologists went to the State House to support our professor and her colleagues as they testified in front of state lawmakers about why nurse practitioners should not be allowed to take x-rays. They were advocating not only for our profession, but for patient safety as well. Technologists are taught an enormous amount about radiation protection and safety and we must support the effort to ensure patients are x-rayed only by trained and licensed radiologic technologists, for their own safety and wellbeing. We showed that we are “Powerful Together,” and the bill was defeated that day.

Scott Sutherland, B.A., R.T.(R)(CT)(MR)(QM)

Radiology Supervisor
Burlington, Kansas

We are a critical access hospital in a town of 2,700. The radiology department staff is working closely with the emergency medical services to improve our facility’s trauma services. We recently participated with numerous other clinical staff in our first Rural Trauma Team Development Course. I shared with the Director of our emergency department a continuing education article I had read in ASRT Radiologic Technology, that addressed imaging in a trauma situation when the patient is being transferred; getting the information was great timing considering that we’re also working to improve our turnaround time for transfer. We’re also investigating Cloud services vs. CD and improved response time to start the trauma exam. In addition, we’re going live with our Stroke Protocol program and with our Telemed robot, which is directly linked to an on-call neuro-physician. Our department also is working alongside the Stroke team to establish best practices for fast response — door-to-CT-to-ED-to-transfer.

One key area we excel in is mammography and educating the patients we serve. We completed our 26th annual Women’s Conference in October. Every year, we average more than 300 women in attendance (in a town of 2,700), and this event just continues to grow. Our mammography team presents during the event, so the local women get to know the team personally. We have patients who have been coming to our facility for 26 years just to have our lead mammographer perform their exam. We have an unblemished record with our accreditation because of the tireless efforts of our entire mammography team. We have a wonderful reputation for excellent customer service in the community and surrounding area. My team works diligently to ensure quality and compassion at all times, every day showing that we are powerful together.

Meghan Whittaker, R.T.(R)

Imaging Services Clinical Educator
Union Health Hospital, Inc.
Terre Haute, Indiana

Improving safety and encouraging our technologists to advocate for the profession go hand-in-hand in our department.

In February 2018, the imaging and emergency departments of our facility collaborated to implement the TeamSTEPPS program to create a culture of safety at our facility, with the eventual goal of taking the program organization wide. Through TeamSTEPPS, our technologists learned to speak up for safety, but we also found that giving technologists the skills – and permission – to raise concerns trickled have over into direct patient care, as well as into advocacy for standards in our profession.

In July 2017, we implemented a clinical ladder program for our technologists. The PACE, Professional Advancement of Clinical Excellence, program recognizes the efforts of the technologist to advance their professional practice and advocate for the profession. As a reward for this dedication, an annual monetary reward is given to those who achieve and maintain these accomplishments. In addition, points are awarded for technologists who attend professional conferences, present at conferences, join professional boards and organizations, publish articles promoting professional development and advocacy, write grants, participate in RSNA-approved research studies, write policies that promote professional improvement at our organization, and any other special projects that promote strong professional standards.

We also implemented Imaging Preceptor and Imaging Mentor programs that begin at new technologist orientation and continue to foster technologists’ professional growth in the years following by pairing them with a mentor to help them grow to the expert level we know they can reach. Those who participate in the programs, both the mentors and the preceptors, earn PACE Points and ASRT credits (ASRT approved the preceptor and mentor workshop activities for institutional credit). This investment in people helps create not just one advocate for the profession, but a whole team committed to advocating for professional standards and recognition.

Our goal in implementing these programs was to encourage ALL of our technologists to advocate for the profession and for patient safety, because, after all, we are powerful together – and it’s through working together that we can make things happen.

Official Contest Rules

Contest Official Rules - Powerful Together

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