Xray tech~ more $$$ than RN??? - page 16

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Hi everyone. I'm a little confused about something. I know this girl, let's call her Miss Braggart. Anyhow, she's a friend of a friend of a friend and after speaking to her a few times i've come to the conclusion that I don't... Read More


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    Quote from SoulShine75
    Hi everyone. I'm a little confused about something. I know this girl, let's call her Miss Braggart. Anyhow, she's a friend of a friend of a friend and after speaking to her a few times i've come to the conclusion that I don't like her and I like just about everybody and anybody....
    The tech you speak of sounds like an ass and is an embarrassment to our profession.
    I always say that those who brag have little to brag about and are trying to make up for deficiencies in their personal lives. They try to bring you down to feel better about themselves. Don't let her do that to you.

    I am a Radiologic Technologist, Mammographer and in the process of Training in CT. We are not just button pushers (in most states). We go to college year round for 3 years (includes all our field related prerequisites) or 4 years w/summers off. Many programs require prospective students to score a B or better on the nursing entrance exams to qualify for the program. We learn pathology, nuclear physics, about everything you can learn about radiation, biological physics, pharmacology, health care ethics, how to insert an IV and all that goes along with that responsibility, all of the structures of the entire body, HIS/RIS, PACS and several other computer software systems; quality control for film processing, CR and DR equipment of various types, how to know the exact number of Milliamps, fractions of second and Kilovolts Peak is necessary to get the appropriate dose of radiation for every exam, every body part for every age, size, shape, distance of the tube from the patient and the image receptor, magnification and with or without various types of contrast; what to do in case of extravasation or reactions to contrast or even just the run of the mill health care issues. We learn how to adjust for different types of grids, and angles - foreshortening and elongation, divergence of the beam, and the effects of the angle of the xray beam hitting the anode effects the path of the ray and when it enters the patient's body/passes through it and exposes the image on the image receptor; understand the attenuation of the radiation as it passes through skin, fat, muscle, contrast, fluids and so on. We also have to understand how to monitor patients just as a nurse would and what to do if something happens. We have to lift and shift patients and move heavy equipment which is very hard on the body.

    There are over 200 basic positions in general x-ray alone for an average person that we have to learn to adjust - for ht, wgt, age, shape, pathology, doctor preference, and so on. We learn to observe these patients and figure out exactly how to adjust positioning and exposure factors in order to see every bone, organ and so on in just the right angle...including joint spaces 'opened' up in just the right way; being able to view every bony process, fissure, fossa and on and on. We have to know how everything is supposed to appear under the skin. We learn the inner workings of the organs so we know exactly when to expose and what results to expect. We aren't just winging it. A credentialed and properly trained technologist just makes it look as easy as pushing a few buttons.

    General x-ray, orthopedic, fluoroscopic, surgical, pain management, C-arm, portable x-ray are all different and we learn them all. Then many of us go back to learn mammography, CT, Radiation Therapy, MRI, Nuc Med, Pet Scan, and so on. Many of us now need to know 2 or more modalities in order to be considered for a job.

    We have to do enemas and clean up messes that nurses also deal with. We deal with vomit and some of the nastiest bowel movements just as nurses do. In all GI studies we have to know exactly when the contrast will make it through the colon, to the small bowel or through the esophagus, duodenum, jejunum, stomach, etc. to position and expose patients at the right time. GI studies are rapid fire, multiple positions and images. We also have to know the vessels, veins, and every organ down to every fiber and function.

    Your comments about Rad Techs belittle the immense amount of skill and knowledge a fully trained and credentialed Technologist must have in order to earn the income we are earning. We are not at all happy that there are states (GA, NC, ID, MO, NV, AL, MI, ND, SD, and NH) that do weekend training programs to teach people to push buttons and call them Technicians. I don't know the pay grade for those techs, but as a credentialed, multi-modality Technologist, with my education and skills, I EARN my pay. I do what I do because I love my work.

    Don't let that woman or anyone else derail your desire to be a nurse. It is an honorable profession and takes a special person to take on that role. Pay ranges are very close for both professions and vary from state to state and between credentialed techs and people just trained of the street - usually. You can go to Salary.com to see what ranges you should expect all over the country, down to the zip code where you plan to work. I know pay grades are going down due to the recession, however so that and part-time or float pool pay grades will not be reflected.

    I personally feel that nobody should be able to work in Health Care just because the pay is good - they don't make good health care professionals.

    Both professions take a great deal of knowledge and skill. Both professions require continuing education. Please remember that before you say we are undeserving of equal or greater pay. People in general have very little knowledge and understanding of our profession.
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    I think x-ray techs get paid $26 per hour... and they actually do have to go through a lot of training to get to their position.
    2-4 years of study, either an AA degree or maybe even a BS. It isn't easy but I think the outlook for the x-ray technician career is pretty decent.
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    I doubt the OP is still around. This thread is aged.
    Lol I can just hear this booming voice in my head as I read this...
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    There is no way in the world this woman affords everything she brags about on an $18 an hour salary, especially with two kids, so her husband must make the "real" money, in addition to maxing out their credit to live above their means.

    It frustrates me to no end when people compare who has the more expensive stuff, especially when it is stuff they are paying on and don't even actually own! I don't care if you have three SUV's, a giant house, tons of expensive shoes, etc. All that stuff is money down the drain...if you need cash you are s#@* outta luck...if you want to brag, tell me how much CASH you have in SAVINGS, then maybe I'll be impressed. If within the next week you needed lots of CASH, could you get it from your phone (basically worthless), shoes and purses (certainly won't get back what you paid for them), the car and house you don't even own...nope.
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    In my area it seems like RNs make more than Radiographers. RNs have a salary of 67,000 a year while RTs make 50,000 a year
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    Quote from SoulShine75
    That is pretty insulting.

    (Gotta vent again) What kills me about this woman is that everything she does is better and everything she's gone through is worse and so on. You all know the story. You cannot carry on a conversation with her because she never lets you speak and as soon as you jump in she interupts you. My husband landed his dream job about 6 months ago and his work gave him a cell phone. We have been thorugh a lot financially over the last 2 years and we were proud he finally found something that he loved and made a good living at. When he told her about the job her reply was...my cell phone is better, and she meant it! LOL Who in the he** says that?? Who cares??? Anyhow, I asked her a while back about the diff careers in the healthcare fields just to know a little about each, considering she works at the hospital and knows everything. Her reply was, "become a nurse because x-ray is full and you ain't gettin' my job honey". ( as if I wanted it ) She also stated that x-ray school was harder than RN and if she could get through x-ray I coud breeze by in nursing. She just knocks me down every chance she gets. I was appauled but kept a tight lip considering some people know when to speak and some people know when to listen and some people know when to sit on their hands so they don't choke someone. He he. :chuckle I don't have anything against x-ray tech's so please no haters..it's just her......HERRRRR!

    It just pains me to think I'm going to work so hard and make less money for more education! Her arrogance just drives me further towards my goals and hopefully someday I can ask her....did you get those x-rays done yet?? I have a patient waiting!

    Thanks for listening guys.
    Don't let people like this freak you out. Behind closed doors, I am sure her life is a hot mess, so adopt an attitude of "the poor thing, bless her heart, having to brag to make herself feel better". It is hard not to get upset, and not stoop to her level "why bless your heart, you have so many wonderful things and such a full and rich life, how LOVELY, you should be proud of yourself". Because quite frankly, any adult who needs to have every conversation about the material things that make them somehow "better" deserve pity. (and in all reality, one can go into any discount store and get label clothes for their kids, prepaid phones can be the "good ones"--you get what I mean....)
    There are many things that go into someone's salary. Unions, certifications, differentials, all sorts of things. If you want to be a nurse, go for it! With a base salary, differentials and any certifications that come along as you move in your career, you have an opportunity to make a living at it. If your husband has a good job that he loves, then do what you can to start classes--evenings, online, whatever will work for your family. Best of luck and remember "bless her pea-picking little heart"
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    Who cares who gets paid more than people who are self absorbed ill mannered self diluted jerks. Nursing and the radiological field are two separate entities that cannot be compared but one should respect each other for the duties that they do especially the health professionals who take their work seriously within their hearts and care what is most important in their career, the patient! Nurses are not feces cleaners and the technologists are not button pushers only period! Anyone who brags about their salary or put anyone down because of their profession should be ignored especially in this economy we live in now. If you are able to find a job out of school and you love it, good for you with all sincerity because it is a rarity to find nowadays and I am one of the lucky ones to find it. In the end, be happy what you do and if you don't, there is something worst that could have happened to you. Have a nice day.
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