Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

The Radiology Department recently hired two “traveling techs” or temporary employees. While other areas of Cincinnati Children’s have turned to temporary help for short-term vacancies in areas such as nursing and administrative assistance, this is a new experience for radiology, and more specifically, the ultrasound division. Several recent night-shift vacancies prompted the department to look into this option as a way to cover these important shifts until permanent technologists could be hired and trained. Referrals from other top-notch pediatric hospitals throughout the country pointed us in the right direction, and we hired two excellent technologists who are covering the night shift at the base and our Liberty facility. Temporary assignments are typically 13 weeks in duration, and may be extended as necessary.

Photo: Cidelca (Cid) Jack

Our first temporary technologist, Cidelca (Cid) Jack, is from Toronto, Canada, and has been a traveling technologist for three years. She has dual citizenship, and has worked in many places throughout the US and Canada. Her favorite parts of temporary employment are the flexibility to work (or not work) whenever you want, the opportunity to travel to many different places, and meeting new people. Securing her living arrangements tops the list of cons when it comes to temporary assignments, as well as being away from home and family. Her husband works for the phone company in Canada, and will sometimes meet her for a vacation after her assignment ends. Cid enjoys the warmer weather in Cincinnati and our lower cost of living.

Photo: Mary (Mickey) Resnick

Our second temporary technologist, Mary (Mickey) Resnick, is from South Carolina and has been a traveling tech for four years. Her job assignments have taken her from Vermont to California, though she prefers to work within six hours of her home in South Carolina. Her children are currently in college in Michigan and Florida, so she would gladly take an assignment close to them. Her favorite perk of temporary employment is the ability to control her work schedule, which allows her to spend her favorite months of May and June at the beach. Traveling to new cities, meeting new people and working with different equipment are more benefits to this lifestyle. The lack of a paycheck in between assignments and loneliness are some of the cons that come along with being a traveling tech. Mickey is planning to take weekend trips to Nashville and Atlanta while she’s here in Cincinnati.

Our temporary techs have been an excellent addition to our department, jumping right in with their pediatric skills and expertise. While their time here is limited, we hope to keep in touch with these new friends, hearing about their new assignments and adventures. To quote Dr. Seuss- “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

Janet M. Adams

About the Author: Janet M. Adams

Janet is a sonographer at Cincinnati Children’s. She has worked in the Ultrasound department for over 26 years, and clearly has a passion for working with children. Janet serves as a lead Safety Coach, TJC representative, and education resource for her department. She enjoys challenging exams, and is involved in local and global ultrasound research projects. When she is not at work, her 4 children and 9 grandchildren keep her very busy!

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