UPTAKE: Empowering Technologists: Introducing the Technologist Advocacy Group (TAG)

January 22, 2024

By Cybil Nielsen, Chair Advocacy Committee SNMMI-TS

The Technologist Advocacy Group (TAG) is an integral part of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Technologist Section. TAG is not just an acronym; it symbolizes a powerful force dedicated to advocating for the interests and concerns of technologists in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging.

Who Is the Technologist Advocacy Group?

The TAG comprises passionate and dedicated individuals who are committed to championing the rights and professional well-being of technologists within the SNMMI community. These advocates serve as a crucial bridge between technologists and the broader healthcare landscape, ensuring that the unique perspectives and needs of technologists are heard and addressed.

Your State TAG Representatives

We understand the importance of having local connections, and that's why TAG has representatives in each state to serve as your point of contact. These representatives are your advocates, ready to address questions, concerns, and provide support. To find out who your state TAG representative is, visit our website [Your State TAG] or reach out to our TAG co-chairs [Angela Weiler and Loukisha Collins].

How to Contact Your TAG

The TAG is here to serve you, and communication is key. Whether you have questions about scope of practice, licensure, professional development, workplace concerns, or just want to share your thoughts on the field, we encourage you to connect with your state TAG representative. You can find your TAG here and reach out to them directly via email, ensuring that your voice is heard and your needs are met.

What Kind of Questions Can Your TAG Answer?

The TAG is your go-to resource for a wide range of inquiries related to the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging technology. Here are some examples of questions TAG can help answer:

  1. Scope of Practice: Where can I find my scope of practice? Am I allowed to inject certain adjunctive medications? What about accessing ports?  Can I administer a therapeutic radiopharmaceutical? Can I do CT?
  2. Licensure Questions: Does your state have a licensure law? How do you become licensed? What does your license allow you to do? 
  3. Advocacy Initiatives: Interested in getting involved in advocacy for the technologist community? TAG can provide information on ongoing initiatives, how to become an advocate, and the importance of advocating for the profession.
  4. Networking Opportunities: Seeking connections with fellow technologists? TAG can inform you about local and national events, webinars, and networking opportunities to help you build a strong professional network.

Get Involved and Make Your Voice Heard!

The TAG is not just a group; it's a movement. We invite each one of you to get involved, connect with your state TAG representative, and actively participate in shaping the future of our profession. Your insights, experiences, and concerns matter, and together, we can create a stronger, more vibrant community of technologists within SNMMI.

Thank you for being an essential part of the Technologist Advocacy Group!