Here is Part 2 of my Job Stories from fixing medical equipment in the Army.
Part 1: /Job+stories+army+bmet/funny-pictures...
This is more of a general gripe with the Army itself. Getting assigned to tasks like pulling weeds or Guard Duty is expected in the Army, but being some of the busiest workers in the unit should go into consideration when being chosen. We have around 200 pieces of equipment to do a month, with about 5 or 6 Technicians to do them. Plenty of time to do it, until we are tasked out left and right. 90% of the unit do not do their jobs Stateside and those that do usually go home around 1500 every day, but not us. Again I know what i signed up for, but the Command Team does not give a ****, they want equipment at 100% and taskings to be done at the same time. I just want to do my job.
Equipment must be cleaned before turn in, every time. The only exception is when it gets dirty inside the unit, but this had Bloody fingerprints ALL over it. I'm not touching Bio hazardous material because you were too lazy to wipe it down. The best ones are Dental Units, you ever have moldy teeth bits fall on your face?
This one I can understand. Operators get frustrated waiting on equipment so they come by to see if they can help teach me on a unit. Yes you can use the equipment on a patient, but I know that equipment INSIDE AND OUT literally. I could teach a private how to use an electrosurgical unit, I can make an infusion pump work without a battery, I fixed an oxygen generator during a surgery. I don't touch patients, you don't touch the inside of equipment.
Another great service I provide to the Hospital is training on equipment. How to use it properly, operator level fixes, how to properly clean it etc.... But one day the commander got one of those things that every Enlisted member dreads....... an idea. She thought it would be great to get all the training done on equipment no one was having problems with over the weekend. I walked into each section where every one was waiting, pulled out the literature, flipped a couple pages and handed to the nearest person. I believe in hands on training.
This one also happened at the Cadet Summer Training. During their field exercises, the cadets figured out real quick that they were not adjusted to the Kentucky Summer heat. Now instead of drinking more water like rational people, they complained to their Drill Sergeants and got them to use the Emergency only Ice Sheets. They were gone across all stations in a few hours. Now cadets doing stupid **** I understand, but the Drill Sergeants? These guys have been in for at least 6+ years, you'd think they'd have common sense. Maybe they were Reserve, who knows. So my Commander had to come in at 2 in the morning to sort **** out. Turns out they also were making our Medics they were assigned to waste their IV's on Cadets as well. Something about seeing a Drill Sergeant getting chewed out by a Full-Bird really warms your heart.