Nursing Student HATES Nursing Assistant Job - page 2

Before I started nursing school I was really freaked out because I've never worked in a hospital and I wasn't sure what to expect when we started clinicals. So, I decided to get a job as a PCT on a... Read More

  1. by   Esther2007
    This post is exactly how I am feeling rightnow. I have been working as a student nurse tech for about 5 months, and I hate every second of it. So far, I have done one catheter. I never get a chance to observe the RNs, because I get too many patients (7, 10) depends on the shift. I have to do vitals signs on 15-20 patients and I keep getting calls when I am in a room. Last Wednesday I worked, I did not even get a break. After the Summer, I will quit for sure. There is no way, I am going to keep doing CNA work, hurting my back for $12 per hour. I want to save my back for when I graduate and become and RN. I almost feel like I am going backwards, instead of forward.
  2. by   CritterLover
    you actually mentioned everything i hated about being a pct.

    i just hated how it seemed to be so "assembly line."

    vs on 32 patients. trays to 32 patients. bath to 16 patients. ambulate 10 patients. more trays to 32 patients. another 10 baths. finger sticks to 10 patients. empty foleys on 20 patients. total i/os on 32 patients. yuck.

    if it is the tasks that you dislike, then maybe nursing isn't for you. but i doubt that is the case. for me, it wasn't the tasks themselves i disliked, but more the assembly-line mentality i had to have.

    i actually enjoyed being a unit secretary much more. i got to see what orders went with what dx, and i got to read the charts. (i also learned how to read doctors' handwriting ).

    i did the pct thing my first year in nursing school; the last 1 1/2 years i worked as a unit secretary. maybe you'd like that better. either job really does give you very valuable experience, and though you may be miserable now, it will pay off in the future.

    it does sound as though a job change is due, though. either to a different role, or at least a different unit (or maybe even just a different shift). even though i really didn't like being a pct, i worked with some great nurses, and it made things tolerable. they taught me quite a bit, things that i still use today, wisdom that i still thank them for.
  3. by   locolorenzo22
    PCT- Patient Crybaby Treaters......I work on a ortho floor, and it amazes me how many post knees/hips will refuse to do even the simpleist tasks for themselves....feed/drink/turn off the tv (with remotes)....etc.
    I usually have a pretty good case load 10-12/ don't have to pass trays unless needing setup or isolation or feeders/ nurses are mostly understanding when they ask us do to things.....
    I just always think to myself that it's good OTJ training for how to deal with difficult dans....although, the woman who wouldn't leave while I was trying to bathe, change the sedated guy on a vent got a little huffy when I involved the RN....Always try to start the shift with a smile, but it goes out by 12/1....
    PCTs get the short end of the stick...I will always treat the ones I have when I'm an RN, with nothing but respect.....
  4. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Wow. Why do you have to pass trays to the patients? In every hopsital I've been in dietary does that.
  5. by   Tweety
    Quote from CRNASOMEDAY25
    Wow. Why do you have to pass trays to the patients? In every hopsital I've been in dietary does that.


    Really? Dietary delivers the trays to the unit, we pass the trays.
  6. by   jill48
    I don't think you NEED to become a CNA before becoming a nurse; although alot of nurses recommend it. Being a nurse is alot different than being a CNA. If I was a CNA first, I probably never would have become a nurse.
  7. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from Tweety

    It got me used to hands on and made me more confident with the patients. It was horribly busy and demanding. I enjoyed the one-on-one with patients while I was taking their vitals, passing their meals and performing ADLs without having to worry about critical thinking.


    There's a day in every new grads life when you think "gee I wish I was a CNA without all this responsiblity". LOL
    ITA. I learned 99% of all my nursing skills from being a PCT. So when I went into the ICU, I wasn't overwhelmed with learning the skills and theory.

    Also, like Tweety said, sometimes I long for the days when I was a tech and didn't have to worry about every little thing! Being a PCT was a walk in the park compared to nursing.


    What sounds like the problem is that this is a horrible unit to be on! Look around for greener pastures...Cardiac floors are nice.
  8. by   trepinCT
    I think all prospective and current nursing students should work as a CNA. I worked as a CNA for 16 years before deciding to become a nurse and I will always remember where I came from and how difficult it can be to be 1 CNA with 20 patients and the demands of 4 RNs!!! I definitely learned to prioritize(and to rearrange my priorities as new situations arose) I learned to communicate with the nurses and I know that I will be aware of the fact that the CNA is not my own personal assistant and that there are other members of the team who need her for patient care, errands, ordering/stocking..etc..I will know that when things get hectic and busy, it is NOT above me to pitch in and pass meal trays, empty a garbage, make a bed or get my own supplies...we are all a team and should work together as a team...so, being a CNA, although completely different from nursing duties, is something I recommend..gives us a better appreciation for the work they do.
  9. by   jjjoy
    Quote from jill48
    I don't think you NEED to become a CNA before becoming a nurse; although alot of nurses recommend it. Being a nurse is alot different than being a CNA. If I was a CNA first, I probably never would have become a nurse.
    I'm curious what kind of nursing you do then? Is it med-surg or the like? Or is it ICU or something else? Basically, I'm curious if there's anyone who hated med-surg CNA work but found being a nurse on a similar unit that much better. Regardless, the workload and work environment make a great difference in one's experience as either a CNA or a nurse, and I wonder how much that effects one's attitude towards the different kinds of work.
  10. by   krazy_coconuts
    AMEN trepinCT!!
  11. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Quote from Tweety
    Really? Dietary delivers the trays to the unit, we pass the trays.
    Yes, they bring the cart up and deliver the trays to each room and then come back and pick it up later, though sometimes we do take the tray out of the room if the patient is still eating during the time dietary comes back up to get trays.
  12. by   dorselm
    I am a CNA at an LTC facility. I do doubles on the weekends. Being that I am a first semester NS, I will be doing doubles for the next 2 years! I HATE IT!!!!! We are always understaffed. On the 7-3 shift, when we get finished passing breakfast trays and feeding patients who can't feed themselves, and then picking up the trays, we will be finished with this around 8:30, we then have until our breaktime which is 11 or 11:30 to get all of our 10-12 pts toileted, bathed dressed, groomed including mouthcare, and room cleaned. I can never take a break until around 1:30 because everyone wants to be up by the time lunch trays come up which is 12 so it is impossible to get that many people up by that time. I work on the skilled floor so we see some of everything and everybody, it's like a mini hospital. The other aides don't want to help because they are bogged down with their own work. It's crazy. It does however give me insight into what its like to be a CNA so that when I'm finished with school I will have a greater respect for their job and it does help to learn how to communicate with patients and it also helps me to get used to seeing people naked and dealing with all kinds of bodily fluids and secretions.
  13. by   NaomieRN
    Quote from SteveRN21
    Try to get a nurse externship on ANOTHER floor this summer, where the nurses can recognize your knowledge and floor smarts while working with you in the role of an RN. Then transfer to that floor as a PCT after the externship is over! That's what I did....

    That is a great idea!

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