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Professional Conduct and Ethics

Professional Conduct and Ethics

All students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the "Code of Ethics" adopted by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

The primary goal of a radiology department is quality patient care. Medical skill and specialized diagnostic and treatment equipment are key elements in the delivery of good health care. Quality care is strongly influenced by the attitude and manner of the radiologic technologist who greets the patient and carries out the procedure or examination either individually, with peers or by assisting the radiologist.

It is important for the patient's well being that your manner is always calm, friendly, mature, respectful, and helpful. There is no place in a good patient/ technologist relationship for personal conversations or joking with co-workers, indifference or inappropriate language. It is important to maintain a courteous, professional attitude at all times in department work areas, which are in sight or hearing of patients and guests. Patients take their health problems seriously and so must students and technologists.

Patients who are ill or injured can be anxious and afraid. They need reassurance and confidence. Some people act hostile, irritable or angry when they are afraid. It is important not to personalize the remarks of such patients and to keep calm and do your best to communicate in simple, helpful terms. Respect the patient's dignity by your words, tone of voice, and actions. Never let your irritation show in response to an irritable patient, work pressures, or personal problems.

Professional conduct is most difficult to define and measure, but it's immediately and painfully obvious when it's lacking. It is ultimately the technologist's manner and attitude that provide the basis for patients to judge professional ability. Your courtesy and concern are the human elements that assure quality patient care. Please be sure to always check the patient's I.D. arm band for proper patient identification.

In addition, students must:

1. Follow the University's Policies and Rules for Students.

2. Abide by all the pertinent policies and procedures of the respective clinical education site. This information shall be provided by the clinical instructor. Policies at one clinical site will apply at all clinical sites for consistency.

3. Adhere to the General Rules of Conduct .

Revised 8/08/2008