Part 2 - Self Reflection

After learning about the responsibilities and duties of a MRT in Canada in Part 1, you will now examine your current abilities and decide where you may need to improve your skills.

Consider each of the following statements and select those which you are currently able to do:

Ask for the patient’s consent where it is appropriate to do so.
Assist and support the patient throughout the procedure or treatment, for a successful outcome. This is patient-centered care.
Use professional language and minimize the use of jargon.
Apply critical thinking and effective communication skills to your practice.
Be able to prioritize, or assign an order to your duties during your care of the patient.
Consider the physical, social, cultural and environmental factors which may affect your care for the patient and modify the procedure as needed.
Consider all aspects of a patient’s condition including their physical, cognitive and affective well being and modify the procedure as needed.
Provide culturally sensitive care. Some patients will not share your religious, political and personal values.
Communicate effectively with patients. Make sure that your language, vocabulary, non-verbal cues, tone and volume are appropriate. Adjust your communication for patients with different language abilities, hearing/vision difficulties and/or cognitive impairment.
Document patient history, patient’s condition and other information about diagnostic tests and treatment plans. Complete all post-procedural instructions that are needed.
Work in partnership with other members of the health care team.
Be assertive with other health care providers. Know what is needed for the best outcome for the patient.
Practise as an independent health care provider but understand the importance of working collaboratively with other members of your team.
Supervise MRT support personnel and be able to assign appropriate duties to them.
Reflect on your own practice and participate in professional development to improve your practice as needed.
Be able to recognize personal limitations, ask for assistance and correct areas of weakness to ensure you provide safe and effective care.
Use current research evidence in your practice so your patient receives safe and effective care.
Be able to speak for the rights of your patient.
Know your professional responsibilities and do not overstep your professional limits or boundaries.
Be able to provide responsible decision making, sound clinical reasoning and professional judgment.
Complete patient incident report forms when required, with all the information required.
Understand the Canadian health care system and how this will affect your practice.
Understand the regulations, standards, policies and ethical frameworks of the medical radiation technology practice.
Practise in an ethical manner. You must follow the code of ethics and respond appropriately to ethical situations in your practice. Ensure patient confidentiality and privacy, and maintain patient boundaries.
Understand the legal requirements of medical radiation technology practice. These are: the need to obtain consent, provide informed choice, respect confidentiality, and maintain records.
Balance your work schedule with other responsibilities, such as family and leisure.