At RISC Staffing, we take pride in our techs. We wanted to showcase one of our newer techs and let him share his story with the masses. Here is a tech testimonial that shows what being a tech and working for RISC Staffing really looks like.

“My name is Reynaldo Fabian-Zamora, and I recently completed my studies as a Radiologic Technologist at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth. While I have always been interested in healthcare, radiology was not initially my primary focus. Following five years in a different profession in the Marine Corps, I felt compelled to again follow my passion for aiding others and delving into the realm of medical science. With no prior experience in medical imaging, I embarked on the pursuit of Radiologic Technology, dedicating all my efforts to gain acceptance into TCC’s program. In 2022, I achieved this milestone.

Like many others who have already completed their journey to becoming an R.T., the program was challenging due to its extensive time commitment. A significant portion of the workweek needed to be dedicated to classes, clinicals, and homework. However, I am glad that I chose to pursue this profession. Since embarking on this journey in 2022, I have had the opportunity to engage in various aspects of the radiology community. I joined the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Student to Leadership Development program, attended the ASRT’s annual meeting, interned for the Texas Society of Radiology Technologists, and had an excellent teaching team to help me get started.

After my first year in class, RISC Staffing visited my class and helped with some demonstrations using C-arms. This class was particularly enjoyable for two main reasons. First, we learned about several functions of the C-arm that we don’t often interact with during clinical rotations. In my case, I hardly used the C-arm and didn’t have much time to become accustomed to the machine or learn its functions. Second, Carlos did a wonderful job of creating an environment where everyone felt they could learn and engage in the activities. The demonstration was both enjoyable and informative for everyone involved.

Carlos shared information about his company with the class, and he would occasionally pass along job opportunities for those who were interested in working outside the classroom and in the field. One day, I decided to take up one of the job offers that Carlos mentioned, which led me to work alongside him for a cadaver lab at a nearby university.

During my time working with Carlos and his team, I was once again pleased to experience a welcoming and supportive environment. The staff were always available to answer any questions and provide assistance whenever needed. I was impressed by the sense of camaraderie among the team, and it was evident that they prioritized creating a supportive and inclusive work environment. No one was left without the necessary resources or assistance, and I felt grateful to be a part of such a positive and collaborative team.

This experience not only provided me with valuable work experience but also allowed me to witness firsthand the importance of a supportive and inclusive work culture. Working with Carlos and his team was not only professionally enriching but also personally rewarding, as I felt valued and supported throughout my time there.

I believe many of us in the medical field can relate to the desire for autonomy, particularly when it comes to practicing independently. Whether it’s preparing for a fluoroscopy exam or going out for morning portables, there’s a sense of excitement and fulfillment in taking on these challenges on our own. The feeling of seeing how far we’ve progressed is incredibly rewarding.

During my time in school, I made it a personal challenge to see how much I could accomplish without relying on outside help. These self-assessments weren’t limited to the classroom; I also sought ways to test my abilities outside of formal learning environments. RISC Staffing played a great role in personally building my confidence with the use of c-arms. Having a space where learning and improvement are greatly encouraged I quickly became comfortable with operating in the same space with many other medical professionals.

I am excited to apply the knowledge and skills I have gained during my clinical rotations to my future role as a certified Radiologic Technologist. While it’s true that I may not use C-arms every day, I understand the importance of being proficient in this area as a technologist. A typical workday in this field can vary depending on the specific department in which one is located. In my work setting, separate areas are designated for different purposes. The main department is dedicated to fluoroscopy and conducting various examinations needed in the radiology department, while the portable unit is equipped with x-ray machines to assist patients who are unable to leave their rooms or those for whom movement is not recommended. Additionally, the emergency department is crucial for addressing urgent and severe cases that require immediate attention. Lastly, the operating room plays a vital role as it consistently utilizes C-arms for a range of procedures. These diverse aspects of the job highlight the multifaceted nature of a Radiologic Technologist’s responsibilities.

I find portable X-rays particularly fascinating and rewarding due to the unique challenges presented by each patient’s situation, which demands critical thinking and adaptability. In many cases, the patient may not be conscious, and even if they are, they may be in critical condition, making the process of obtaining an ideal radiograph all the more complex. Building rapport between the technician and the patient becomes crucial, as achieving cooperation from the patient is often necessary for the best results. This rapport is both professionally satisfying and deeply personal, as it allows me to provide the highest level of care for the patient, serving as both a skilled radiographer and a compassionate caregiver during those critical moments.

I am incredibly enthusiastic about my profession in radiology, and I strive to leave a lasting impact not only in the field of radiology but also in the lives of those I have the privilege to serve. I find great fulfillment in knowing that the work I do has the potential to positively impact the health and well-being of others, and I am motivated to contribute to the advancement of radiology and the improvement of patient care.”

If you’re interested in doing what Reynaldo is doing, visit the job openings page on our website to see what opportunities are waiting for you!

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