Q: What's a typical workday like for you?
A: I bring the patients in, interview them, prepare them for the treadmill stress test, hook them up to the EKG machine, take their blood pressure and explain about the medication they are about to receive as part of the test. During the test, I run the EKG machine and take blood pressures. I work in nuclear testing, which uses radioactive isotopes in the imaging process. I see 12 to 15 patients a day.
Q: What is your role in the bigger health care picture?
A: As an EKG technologist, I'm just a little part like a cog in the bigger machine. It's kind of an important cog because the EKG is a diagnostic tool. We all come together to use these tools and tests to make a diagnosis and help the patient with their general health care.
Q: Who do you interact with during the course of the day?
A: I interact with the nuclear medicine technologists, who run the nuclear camera and administer the nuclear isotope; registered nurses and some cardiologists.
Q: Why did you become an EKG technologist?
A: I got a job doing data entry here and worked my way into patient care. I realized it was a really good fit for me and it was something I wanted to continue. It's been five years and it's been great.
Q: What do you like about your work?
A: I just really love coming to work. I really love getting to meet all sorts of people and finding out things we have in common. I also love about that I get to be right on the cusp of technology. Health care and technology do amazing things together and I get to be right here and see all that happening.