Reactor Side Chats

Dear Colleagues,

April 6, 2018

Address by the President of the PSWTC by internet via the Nuc. Gang Website. Delivered from the Presidents’ office situated close to the nearest nuclear reactor in the area.

Dear Colleagues,

These days we should feel more connected and included than ever before. Do you? The more I read on the subject and the more I observe,the more I am convinced this is not necessarily the case.

I am amazed at all of the electronic gear most people own and how adept they all are at instantly satisfying many of their needs with just the swipe of a finger on an electronic screen. When I am persuasive enough to get someone to take the earbuds out and put the phone down long enough to have a conversation, we are both surprised at how pleasant the experience ofactually talking to another human being can be. Even more surprising,given the opportunity, most people I have been able to speak with prefer this type of encounter. I have a suspicion more people are missing human interaction than are willing to admit.

Where am I going with this? Oh wait a minute – I need to reply to text message! Ok, where was I? I would like to offer anyone who is interested a unique opportunity for some good old human interaction. Are you brave enough to leave the electronics at home? How about turning off your phone for a few hours? Plan a trip to Las Vegas in July to attend our chapter’s big extravagant Viva Las Vegas meeting?  We areoffering you dynamicand relevant lectures for CEU credits, plenty of good food, and amplefree time for some face-to-face human interactions.  Take some time to get to know your professional associates.  Who knows,you may find that others have the same dreams and aspirations as you do.  At the very worst you may make a new friend.

By the way, we also want you to feel like you are included in something great. Be in Las Vegas as the PSWTC introduces the fashion statement of the year for Nuclear Medicine – a very stylish shirt with our logo. We know you are going to want one! After all, we know you are proud to be in the elite group who call themselves Nuclear Medicine Technologists and are a part of the best chapter in the United States. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but be sure to check your electronic media for updates!

Dave

 

Dear Colleagues,

March 20, 2018

Address by the President of the PSWTC by internet via the Nuc. Gang Website. Delivered from the Presidents’ office situated close to the nearest nuclear reactor in the area.

Dear Colleagues,

Are you feeling a bit run down lately? More tired than usual? Lost that hitch in your giddy-up? If so you may be suffering the effects of adjusting to Daylight Saving Time. That tradition most states follow twice a year. On March 11 in California we turned our clocks ahead one hour. Thanks to Ben Franklin for this. He originated the idea in an effort to conserve candles. Ben had many good ideas. This one maybe not so much. By the way, the correct term is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time. A subtle difference and probably not important but I thought I would mention it anyway.

Not every state practices DST. I knew there was a reason I had such affection for the great states of Arizona and Hawaii. Arizona being part of our PSWTC and Hawaii participating in our meetings. Neither state springs ahead or falls back. I have been in Arizona and have lived in Hawaii and the people in both states seem happier. I think a case can be made for not messing with people’s circadian rhythms’.

So why am I all over DST? For one thing I am not a fan. For another, to extend an apology to our colleagues in Arizona and Hawaii who will be attending the Cedars meeting this weekend either in Los Angeles or at an offsite location who will have to deal with time changes and their circadian rhythms.

More bad news. DST can affect your health. A 2013 study published in the journal Open Heart found a 25% increase in heart attacks the day after a spring ahead. Fatigue and decreased productivity are more common. Some kindly advice to all of you techs who start early or come in on-call at all hours of the night. Pay attention and take more care in what you are doing. You are not functioning at your best. The last thing you need to ruin your blissful switch to DST is to make a mistake.

There is some good news about DST. A 2015 paper published by the Brookings Institute found there was a 27% decrease in robberies with the extra hour of daylight that springing ahead gives us.

Here’s to DST, or not.

Dave

 

Dear Colleagues,

February 22, 2018

Address by the President of the PSWTC by internet via the Nuc. Gang Website. Delivered from the Presidents’ office situated close to the nearest nuclear reactor in the area.

Dear Colleagues,

I want you to know I am not a joiner. I do not belong to any groups, organizations, or clubs. Too much commitment. I was a Boy Scout once but that did not last very long. Now that I have led you to believe I do not join things, I have to confess this is not entirely true anymore. Two years ago I joined a scuba club. Why, because I like to dive and they have their own boat, no meetings, and no commitments. Just show up and dive. Heck, I do not even have to clean the boat after we take it out. All and all a pretty good deal.

I am also a member of the fine organization which I now represent, the PSWTC. We do have meetings, membership fees, and there are commitments. All the things I do not like. So, why am I a member? The answer is because I am Nuclear Medicine Technologist, a professional, and this is the organization which represents me and ensures I will be able to continue being a Nuclear Medicine Technologist and practice my profession to its fullest. The chapter makes sure to provide me with ample opportunities to acquire the continuing education credits I need to maintain my license. The meetings the chapter offers three times per year provide a forum to network with my colleagues and initiate new relationships which down the road may turn into opportunities. The chapter provides a means for my voice to be heard. It provides a place I can find experts if I have questions. Even if my question has nothing to do with Nuclear Medicine I am always free to contact any of the Board members for whatever assistance I am looking for and any one of them will go out of their way to give honest advice.

So what has the Chapter done for you lately? The simple answer is probably more than you realize. Rest assured the membership dues you pay are well used and jealously guarded. Everything we do is to ensure you have great meetings to attend, your careers are safe, and you have choices for improving. All this can be yours but you have to join. It will be money and time well spent. See you at the Cedars meeting March 24th.

Regards,

Dave