I actually went into the RT program but decided it wasn't for me. Clinical concepts and experience was never a problem but I never really felt "at home" while doing it. For me seeing up to
40 patients a shift was just too much. Not that nurses spend much more time with there pt's but with RT we were in and out and on to the next person. I prefer to make the person comfortable and explain what is what-nursing doesn't always offer that option either but at least you get a feel for your patiet a little more. Then there was the pay
- to my astonishment in Upstate NY a new RT starts out at almost $6 less than a new RN. Why I don't know...same intensity, same length of schooling and just about same demand for RT here. To sum it up I based my decision on my "gut" feeling to leave, it wasn't where I wanted to be. Depending on where you work here also, RT's are viewed differently...farther North they are "Gods" the all knowing of sat's and tubing, literally-highly valued. Where I am they are just considered "RT's" with no scope of knowledge beyond that...why I don't know, the program was intense and precise. But as soon as someone didn't look well, everyone panicked and would call RT for their advice.
I don't know why such extreme views, they are both vital functioning positions.
Here is my personal reasons for nursing,
1.)I love the contact with the patient-I am also sure of the specific kind of nursing I am headed toward. Oncology, that is where I feel I can be of the most helpful and supportive.
2.)Pay- I have a husband, 2 baby boys and a slew of furbies to think of.
Good luck to you in whatever you decide. Both are exciting places to be.