2nd career BSN student (37 yo) still in lower level (decided to do BSN instead of ADN at the last minute, so am doing all the history/art/etc. pre reqs I didn't need for my ADN). CNA is not required in Tx for nursing school
but I got licensed anyway and did 3 months of LTC clinicals with that.
I recently got hired as a PCT on a m-s floor at a small hospital that is a part of a large affiliate here in DFW (not HCA). Even with my lack of clinical experience, I was shocked they hired me because they like who I am as a person, my values, and can see I am doing well in school, etc., and want to support me in my long term goal as a RN/BSN. They require no contract even though I am getting tuition from them. It's as crazy as it sounds and I am so grateful.
Anyway, with all that said, I start orientation next week. I already expressed my fears about such little experience with the unit manager and he is so supportive, as were the nurses that were in on my interview. I know I will start out by doing a lot of shadowing and pt sitting. But what advice do you have for me that will HELP my m-s nurses and the pts the best? I am only as successful as my pts are cared for and my nurses are supported.
Thanks for any help you can provide!