Student Nurse Tech in CCU? - page 2
by su9032 3,390 Views | 15 Comments
Hi I just finished my 3rd semester in an ADN program and have one more semester to go. Today, I got a call back from a nurse recruiter and she said that I was not selected for the nurse tech internship on the med-surg floor, but... Read More
- 0Jun 7, '11 by nursingpowerQuote from su9032You are a student. I say find the one that you think is most challenging and go for it. You are a student expected to learn. They will teach you skills. You are not allowed to do certain things anyways as a student. So why not take advantage of SEEING and working with those who do.Hi I just finished my 3rd semester in an ADN program and have one more semester to go. Today, I got a call back from a nurse recruiter and she said that I was not selected for the nurse tech internship on the med-surg floor, but she "may" have a tech position for me in ER or CCU. I'm very happy that she called me, but I'm intimidated by the idea of a position in ER or CCU since I haven't had clinical experience in either department and I'm afraid of getting in over my head.
Don't be scared or intimidated. As a nurse you HAVE TO LEARN how to face your fear, grab the bull by the horns and make things happen. So don't run from opportunities to learn.
- 0Jun 12, '11 by jelly221,RNDitto what nursingpower says. I worked as a Float Pool tech during school, and while it was one of the best decisions I made, I really wish that I was in a specific unit/dept to facilitate a job after school. You'll learn a TON in the CCU, and even if you don't want to work there after graduation, the fact that you have that experience will help you get on even a stepdown or other floor.
- 0Jun 15, '11 by PerrtyBHi, I just got a call from human resources today for a position in the CCU as a patient care tech, and i'm a 2nd year RN nursing student. Nervous as you were, i'm interested in knowing how was your interview? What in particular did they look for in you? I feel as though i need to study school material before I go on my interview lol silly but im serious
- 0Jun 15, '11 by su9032Perrty,
It's been a few weeks now since my interview, but they asked me where I want to work when I graduate. I said that i really didn't know and that I know that many new grads start in med-surg, but my friend who works in CCU has been encouraging me to go into CCU and that was the reason I had gone in and introduced myself to the CCU manager in the first place. I also talked about my understanding of how CCU would be a good place to work & learn (b/c its more specialized, etc) verses med-surg (more general where I would learn a little about lots of things). That is something that you may want to be familiar with in terms of how CCU differs from med-surg. They also wanted to know about my experience with customer service and dealing with conflict. They asked about my goals and I would be completing an RN to BSN bridge grogram upon receiving my license and i stressed that I wanted to work in the hospital as a bedside nurse and find something stable where I could grow within the department. I wanted them to know that I was in it for the long haul and not just looking for anything. I even told them that I had a toddler (which normally I wouldn't mention), but when asked if I wanted to work days or nights, I said days would be ideal given that I have a small child. I also mentioned my personal experience with my father when he was in the hospital for heart problems and how he loved his nurses and how it really made a huge impact on me in terms of how important a nurses work is and how a patient may not remember everything a nurse does to them, but they always remember how they felt when interacting with them.
- 0Jun 17, '11 by PerrtyBthank you so much, this was really helpful. Some of my classmates that are techs have been telling me they're not going to question me about blood pressures and medications lol but they more so want to get to know who you are as a person. And from what you have told me it seems that is the case. Thank you very much. this has definitely decreased my anxiety for this upcoming interview.