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Managing Stress as an LMRT

 

The field of medicine can be stressful at times.  Radiologic technologists are required to multitask more and more, as well as deal with the constant changes in technology that are often difficult or complex, which can create stress, burn-out, and medical errors.

There are ways to manage your stress, but it requires effort on the part of the technologist.  It is crucial that they take responsibility for the management of their stress and be able to maintain a level of professionalism at all times. Self-evaluation exercises can help by ensuring that the technologist is constantly aware of their own mental and emotional states. Technologists that are not aware of how they are being perceived by their patients can lead to poor performance. This is important because technologists that are not positively engaged and are unable to build the rapport necessary to communicate properly can cause positioning errors due to poor patient instructions which will result in repeat exams. Repeat exams will then result in an increase in patient exposure and are against the ASRT Code of Ethics No. 7

Change can often lead to stress, so approaching it in a more positive manner can help technologists in the transition by creating an environment of teamwork and cooperation. When people view change as being more about improvements in the previous methods, they are able to reduce the stress involved in learning a new technology.  Cross training in other modalities can also help with burn-out because it can create excitement and give one a new sense of accomplishment.