Saturday, May 16, 2015

Good News & Bad News (Respiratory Therapy)

I should have made this post a week ago, but I haven't been paying attention to my blogs lately. I finally heard back from one of the respiratory therapy programs I applied to.

The Bad News

I didn't get accepted. On the other hand, I didn't expect to get in this year. This particular school gives priority to re-applicants. Meaning that everyone who applied last year and applied again this year were first on the "waiting list" and the spots filled up quickly.

The Good News

The email I received also stated that every single person who re-applied this year got into the program. Meaning that if I apply again next year I'm somewhat guaranteed admittance. I'll take it. I could use some certainty in my life right now.

And maybe this will work out for the best. My current plan is to continue doing what I'm doing for another year and then finally move on again. I've saved up a few thousand dollars over the past 7 months and an extra year of income will help out even more -- translation: I wasn't looking forward to begging for a loan from a family member to go back to school. I'm tired of borrowing money and I'll rather save up the money myself.

  1. Work and save money for another year.
  2. A year from now, get an apartment, go back to school for 2 years, and earn a professional degree that I can use.
  3. Get a job that will pay 2-3 times as much as I'm making now and be able to pay all my bills and live relatively comfortably.
Sounds like a plan?

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.