Quinny, as I have recently indicated in another thread, I do not believe that a biomed engineering technician is the right person to conduct user (nurses etc.
) training on medical equipment, and never have. The role of the biomed is fixing the kit, and providing technical support to the (clinical) users.
During my years as a hospital biomed, I never "taught" users myself (beyond the "this is how you switch it on" stage), but have often stood in the background to give (moral) support to nurse tutors and the like. I have related elsewhere about connecting up baby ventilators in the middle of the night, but this was more on humanitarian grounds (as in, needs must
) than as a matter of policy. I have also been present on a few occasions when there was blood spurting about, and voices had been raised, but even then it was just a matter of my pointing (plus a few choice words of clear "guidance"). Frankly, I regard any "clinical input", and certainly any patient contact, by a biomed tech as unethical, and something to be avoided.
So, thatís where Iím coming from. Nurses get equipment training from Device Trainers, Nurse Tutors et al
(and not biomeds). Meanwhile, biomeds fix the kit, and support the users (and the Trainer) (being more than enough to keep them busy). And (again as I have said previously) these days, I believe that the Device Trainer (and, by the way, the Equipment Librarian) should come under the Medical Engineering umbrella (if only to restrict reversion to nursing roles in time of nursing staff shortages ... as you have already mentioned).
I would say that I would expect that nurses or ex-nurses are most likely to make the best Device Trainers (on the grounds of their knowledge of the clinical applications, plus the fact that they must have empathy
with their students), whilst successful Equipment Librarians have been known to come from a variety of backgrounds (nurses, biomed techs ... and hospital porters)!
You make it pretty me that you have been over-loaded. A three-page job description (even if stuffed with AfC Baboon Speak) sounds a bit excessive, I must say. It sounds like youíre filling two or three roles, in actual fact (why did they get rid of those "techs" that you mentioned ... to "save" money?). Your role needs to be restricted to what any a single person can reasonably manage. What is your manager saying about all this? Is s/he happy about the fact that youíre so heavily burdened?
My personal advice to you would be to decide what it is you actually want to do (within your present remit), and then concentrate on that. Meanwhile (having now been in post long enough to comment), I would document your concerns, and aspirations, to your boss ... with emphasis on points like "how do they manage if youíre off sick" (or, indeed, on well-deserved holiday)? Perhaps you need to make a case for assistance (as in, having more than one of you)!
And donít forget Hannisí Two Golden Rule Rules on user equipment training:-
Monkey see ... monkey do!
and...Tekra ya 'alam khumar!