|About the Book|
Are you looking at a career as an allied health professional or registered nurse? Maybe you are in a surgical tech, radiology tech, or laboratory tech program now. Maybe you are already employed as an anesthesia tech, respiratory tech, licensedMoreAre you looking at a career as an allied health professional or registered nurse? Maybe you are in a surgical tech, radiology tech, or laboratory tech program now. Maybe you are already employed as an anesthesia tech, respiratory tech, licensed practical nurse, pharmacy tech, or medical assistant. No matter if you are or aspire to be one of these, or one of the many other professionals that make up allied healthcare and nursing, there are things that you just dont get from school. Is this an indictment against schools and instructors? Absolutely not. I would imagine that the vast majority of universities, colleges, and technical institutes do an excellent job of preparing students to be able to perform the technical duties that their particular professions require. I know mine did. My college experience was very good. My instructors were top-notch. My clinical experience was invaluable. Despite all this, I found myself unhappy, unfulfilled, and dangerously close to being fired in my first two jobs out of school as a surgical technologist. Why, you ask? Well, the short answer was naivety to the high-speed, high-stress, hard-nosed world of modern healthcare. It can be tough out there, and believe me, Ive seen many people succumb to healthcare culture shock in the sixteen years since my own experience with it. Hence, this book was born. Its my story. Its sixteen years worth of experience and fire-tried methods that will allow you to avoid many of the pitfalls that so many face in healthcare. In this book you will learn the basics of life in a hospital environment, how to negotiate the many personalities and titles you will encounter, how to deal with demanding doctors, and much more. Whether you are in school or are already at work, there is sure to be something here for you!