My humble answer:
- Punch in on time
- Know that you are not ancillary staff, you are part of a professional team.
- Give 110% all the time, but when it's slow don't be afraid to read a book and relax.
- Get all your work done and then gossip or read a book or play on the Internet.
- Start treatments a half hour early in case you get called STAT somewhere.
- Get to know your patients and who really needs treatments, that way you know who to brush off should you be forced to prioritize therapies.
- Get all your charting done as soon as you get a chance to sit down; do not wait until the end of the shift in case you get a rush at the end.
- Get your oxygen rounds done and charted as early as possible. Don't wait to the end of shift to do them, as this make people think you are a slacker.
- You are now a real RT. You can do more than one treatment at a time if you need to. But stay in the same general area. If you have a patient who takes treatments at home, there's no reason he can't be left alone in the hospital.
- That said, the following patients should never leave a short of breath patient alone, nor one who has a really bad and sensitive heart.
- If you have a vent alarm go off, look at the head first, vent second.
- Don't let new vents scare you. They are all the same and easy, despite what you learned in RT School.
- Never do a vent check without charting alarms, even if the slacker who worked before you didn't chart any
- Make sure you take your time when charting and do it accurately. You can drag charting, but be sure not to drag over some else's comments, lung sounds and vitals.
- At the end of your shift double check ALL your charting. Make sure you charted it and clicked on the right medicine.
- Take criticism with a mighty, "Yes ma am or sir." I'm serious.
- On the same note, do not back talk or make excuses -- own up.
- Punch out on time. Don't be late checking out because you are charting
This is a growing list. Check back later for some more advice -- if you need it.