Summer, 2020

Summer, 2020

Dear NCUS community,

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank all of the members who have participated in our last few virtual symposiums. Hopefully you all were able to learn some new things from the excellent talks put together by our talented group of speakers. We are excited to start getting back together for some in-person sessions. This October we will meet at Carolina beach, NC for our Fall 2021 symposium. I, personally, am delighted to see everyone’s faces! 

The past couple of years have been quite challenging for us as a society, but the ingenuity and adaptability of our committee members have allowed us to move forward with our mission. A big thank you to Rhonda Thomas & Cathy Daniels for going above and beyond to ensure our meetings were executed smoothly! In other exciting news, the NCUS is currently in the process of finally updating our website! It is still in the early stages, so we just ask for patience regarding the new updates as everything is under construction.

I also want to take a moment to tell you all that I am truly honored to have been elected as President of this amazing society! I look forward to serving the members of this organization to the best of my ability and leading us into the future during these unique times we are being faced with. I, along with the Board of Directors, will work hard to ensure that we continue to offer the desired needs of education, training, and peer networking that you require to maintain your professional certifications. I would like to encourage all of you to please consider participating in some of the available roles within our society. We are constantly looking for fresh ideas and fresh faces to come in and be the next leaders of this organization. This opportunity can help you network with some of the most amazing minds in our field, as well as broaden your knowledge regarding the ultrasound industry itself.

Lastly, if there is anything you would like to see the NCUS change or implement, please contact a Board Member and start a conversation about your idea. We are all here to help this society succeed, and we can’t do it without you! Thank you all for your continuous, loyal support to our association. We appreciate each and every one of you!

Sincerely,

Jessica Pizzo, RDMS, RVT

President NCUS

Hello NCUS members,

I hope you all are safe and doing well. Usually this portion of the newsletter is used to talk about recent and upcoming events, as well as different happenings with NCUS and its members. This year has been unlike any we have experienced before. I am excited that we are planning a fabulous Fall Symposium this year. The Board of Directors has been and continues to put in a great deal of time and effort to make this year’s Fall Symposium especially great, as we sadly had to cancel the Spring meeting. This edition of the newsletter contains some very interesting case studies and articles, which we hope you will take the time to look at.

On a more personal note, as a Divisional Ultrasound Supervisor for Atrium Health, I’ve been working around the clock since March. In addition to my regular responsibilities, I've been on numerous Teams calls and meetings throughout the day, continually evaluating staffing and patient volume, formulating staffing back-up plans, evaluating supplies levels daily, constantly checking for Covid-19 updates on our Atrium Teammates site, desperately trying to keep up with emails and notifications about the latest policy or procedure changes, ensuring my staff is aware of each and every policy and procedure update, and so much more. I know my staff are carrying extra weight and stress as well, I can often see it in their faces and hear it in their voices. As healthcare workers we bury our stress and feelings, put on a brave face and walk out onto the floor to provide support and care to our patients as they are naturally feeling a great deal of anxiety for a number of reasons. As a leader I wear that same brave face every day and reassure my staff that we are doing everything possible to keep them safe, and to keep them working as patient volumes are up and down daily. 

 At home, I have 2 teenage sons who are preparing to start their 7th and 8th grade school years virtually. This has brought on more concerns and stress. How will this affect their social skills? Will the quality of the education they are receiving suffer? Will this affect my ability to work a normal schedule at my job? Do they have all the resources they need to be successful learning at home? And the list goes on. 

I can't begin to imagine the challenges and stressors each of you are dealing with right now. I’m sure you have been burying your stress and putting on your brave faces while providing endless support to your families, coworkers, patients, and communities. I'm sure you've made sacrifices you never thought you’d be faced with.  

I came across an article back in April called "Staying Sane During a Pandemic", by psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb. She said "Our hands are chapped from sanitizers and soap, our kids are home from school, our workplaces are shutting down, our in-person gatherings have been canceled, and our grocery-store shelves are nearly empty. In other words, our lives are affected in ways big and small, but at least we're in this seemingly surreal situation together."  The grocery store shelves aren’t empty anymore, although toilet paper can still be hard to find. Many businesses are starting to or have opened back up. However, most of us are still facing challenges brought on by Covid. But one thing has never changed throughout this pandemic, we’re all in this together. I’ve been amazed by the outpouring of support to our communities by businesses and individuals from all over. I’ve received a great deal of support from coworkers, friends, family, neighbors, even complete strangers. I know we will all continue to support each other, and we will get through this together. I truly hope you all stay well and stay safe. I am looking forward to seeing you all in October. 

Megan Wyatt RDMS (AB, OB/GYN), RVT

NCUS Newsletter Editor

Check out our Facebook page! What are you waiting for? While you’re there, please “like” and share our page. NCUS is the largest statewide ultrasound society in the United States. Nevertheless, we want more members. Social media is one of the best forms of advertisement. But we need you, our members, to help us get the word out there. With each “like” and share of our page we get a little more publicity. After you finish liking and sharing the page go check out the photo albums, previous posts from members, shared case studies and articles.

Fetal Meningomyelocele Ultrasound and Post-Natal Findings

By Susie Julian, RDMS (Abd, OB-GYN), RVT, RDCS)

Subcostal Sweep: Seeing the Big Picture

By Tracy Ralston RDCS, FASE

Emergency Ultrasound Protocol Acronyms Rationale

By Cathy Daniels, EdD, RTR, RDMS, RDCS, RVT

POCUS: What is all the excitement about?

By Cathy Daniels, EdD, RTR, RDMS, RDCS, RVT

 

Adelia Bullins, one of the NCUS Board of Director members, has been very busy during the pandemic, while still social distancing. She is the proud to share the newest additions to her farm family! 

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