The third week in October is Combined Laboratory & X-Ray Technician Week and gives us the chance to celebrate the professionals who work in this field. CLXTs perform diagnostic testing that the entire healthcare team relies on to provide care to the patient. 

Today, we would love to introduce you to Corissa, a CLXT who works at a rural acute care facility. Corissa is trained as a CLXT and has been working in this field for over 10 years.  In a typical day, she might draw blood from patients, do ECGs, or take X-rays. The best part of her job is being able to help people, while seeing the whole picture of a patient's illness and providing information to help the doctor figure out what is wrong. Corissa always wanted to go into healthcare, but she didn't want to be a nurse. Working as a CLXT has given her the opportunity that she was looking for!

Working through the pandemic has been difficult, as it's been difficult to find staff to work, and the additional cleaning requirements have added to her workload. The demands of her work can sometimes feel draining, knowing that her work is important to care for patients and keep the rural facility operating.

CLXTs require a high degree of technical knowledge and skills. They combine practical experience with professional development by attending events like the Saskatchewan Association of Combined Laboratory & X-Ray Technicians to keep their skills sharp. SEIU-West is pleased to sponsor 4 members who will attend the 2023 SACLXT conference taking place later this week!

To Corissa, and every CLXT across the province, thank you for all that you do!

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