Want Success? Forget Passion and Follow These Eight Habits Instead

Heidi Shelton, D.C., RT(R) (ARRT), Clinical Coordinator, Radiography Program; University of Nevada, Las Vegas

On Demand | Expires 3/1/2023

*Approved by the ASRT for 1 Category A continuing education credit.

Many radiography students and technologists would describe how the “passion” they have for helping has fueled their desire to pursue radiography and imaging sciences. Many assume that simply following your passion will give you limitless motivation and make whatever you pursue an easy endeavor.

This is an oversimplification. Passion is certainly important, but without hard work, planning and discipline, it’s difficult to succeed as a radiography professional. This presentation will discuss the eight habits (Purpose, Picking, Practice, Planning, Positioning, Peripheral, Perseverance, and Professionalism) that are necessary to ensure the passion that got you into your field will lead to long-term success and satisfaction in your career. The presentation will conclude by emphasizing professionalism and the code of ethics in radiography.

Learning Objectives:

    • Recognize and define the eight habits that can lead to success.
    • Develop strategies to cultivate real passion for your job and career.
    • Review and understand the ARRT code of ethics and the goal of professionalism.

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Heidi Shelton D.C., RT(R)(ARRT)
Clinical Coordinator, Radiography Program; University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Lecturer Heidi Shelton, D.C., RT(R), joined the Radiography program in the fall of 2017 and teaches physics of X-ray production and advanced technique as well as patient care and introduction to radiographic technology. She is also the clinical coordinator for the undergraduate program.

Dr. Shelton studied medical imaging at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has been a licensed Radiology Technologist since 2006. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and a Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine from Texas Chiropractic College. In addition to being an ARRT registered Radiology Technologist, Dr. Shelton is currently licensed as a Chiropractic Physician in the state of Nevada and has been practicing since 2011.

Dr. Shelton is associated with the National Honors Society and received the Alpha Beta Gamma honors in Radiology. As a graduate student she held the title of Chief Chiropractic Intern.

Dr. Shelton is a current member of the ASRT and the Nevada Society of Radiologic Technologists. She is also the faculty advisor for the Student Technologist Association in Radiological Sciences. Dr. Shelton is an active member of the community and volunteers for the Boy Scouts of America and the Clark County School District.