Wednesday, April 15, 2015

More Small Victories

Things are going well at work. I'm getting my second promotion in 2 months and I've only been with the company for 6 months. While the first promotion was a technical promotion (learning new skills to be better equipped and qualified to handle emergency situations as well as cut, review, and complete EKG reports), this second promotion is more of a managerial promotion, from Tech II to Lead Tech.

At this new position, I'll help manage the office under the shift supervisor and manage the entire office if the supervisor has the day off. This includes making all final decisions on the floor, staying in contact with the other offices, and making sure all lower level technicians have everything they need to do their work. This is in addition to all of the normal duties of a Tech II.

I don't know how much of a raise I'm going to get yet, but it won't be much. Then again, I'll take anything I can get.

As far as my applications to school are going, I'll still waiting to hear back from Napa Valley College and the next application deadlines for other school are on May 1st and May 30th. So depending if I get accepted into any programs or not means I'll continue to work at my current job for either another 5 months or 1 year & 5 months (for next application cycle).

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Small Victories - Promotions & Pay Raises

Last week I said that I was probably going to have some good news to report on this blog for once. It's a week later and things went well.

Basically, last week, I was in the middle of a 2 week training period at work. More skills, more responsibilities, and a little bit more money for a (very) small promotion from a cardiac tech I to a tech II. This mostly means that my main job will have less to do with doing initial reviews (a.k.a. first passes) of incoming EKG transmissions and more detailed analysis of those same transmissions as they're triage'd through the system. It also means I'll have to do less talking to patients over the phone about minor issues and more direct handling of potential emergency transmissions with patients, nurses, and doctors.

It might be good.

As a tech I, going through 500-700 transmissions night-after-night passed the point of being tedious and was beginning to get brainless.

It's not too much of a bump in pay (and likely more work than it's worth), but it is an actual promotion and that has to look good on a resume. Also, I figure the more skills you know, the more job security you have as some employees get cycled through the cracks as new hires come in.

To tie this subject back into the main subject on this blog, it's very funny to me how much closer I am to being an expert at reading EKGs than I ever was in medical school. We literally spent 2 hours in Physiology lecture learning about EKGs and then we moved on. Sure, they come up every so often when mock patients are presented to you and you have to figure out what's wrong with them, and I'm sure EKGs would have come up even more during rotations with actual living, breathing patients (if I ever made it to 3rd & 4th year), but the actual reading of EKGs as a med student is as surface level as it gets. I have no real point here. Just an observation.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

New Year's Resolutions? (Weight Loss Update)

Small Update: At the beginning of last year I was posting a lot about my diet and exercise plans to get my weight back down and more fit in general. Last year, my goal was to hit 165 lbs. I made it down to 168 in the first few months of 2014. I never actually made it to 165, but I was able to keep my weight down and around 168 the entire rest of the year and that's about how much I weight today. (And honestly, keeping weight off is harder than losing weight for most people, so I'm proud of what I was able to do last year.)

I don't really have a new resolution this year.

The plan is to just keep doing what I'm doing. I should have a bit of good news coming one week from today, next Tuesday. I don't want to say anything yet just because it isn't final. It isn't going to be huge news, but it's something. (stay tuned.)