Here is my personal experience:
I graduated in 1990 with an A.S. in Radiologic Technology. The program was excellent and there was extensive clinical training (more so than the nursing program I will be entering this year!) The field is fascinating, but IMHO very repetitive. Especially now that most Radiology Departments are computerized, there is even less of an opportunity to use acquired skills. There is no opportunity to spend time with patients and very little patient education.
However, there are now many exciting opportunities in Radiology that were not available to me in 1990. I personally felt very trapped in my position as a staff radiographer. There was very little room for personal growth or advancement.
So, three children later, I am returning to school for nursing
. I am so excited about the seemingly endless opportunities for education and training. I an so excited!!!
You are obviously familiar with the Radiology Department. Why not ask the clincal instructor if you can shadow a tech for the day to see if you like it.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.
Best of luck with you decision,
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