I am currently working as an OBT and LOVE IT
I had actually never heard of an OBT until I worked as a secretary on post-partum...It seems kinda like the unknown position in the hospital. Around here they are not in great demand because those who become an OBT usually stay.
It is different from a PCT position in our hospital. You have to be a CNA or finish one year of nursing school before you can train. We were trained on sterile technique, scrubbing and some assisting, we do first assist in emergent cases. If you read the post on responsibilities, you will see that in our facility it goes far beyond basic care.
The salary is higher for a OBT than a PCT due to the advanced skills and responsibilities that go along with our job. Most of us are not CST (Certified Scrub Techs) but have been trained specifically to OB-GYN cases, in other words I wouldn't have a clue what to do if presented with a cardio-thorasic case.
The OBTs at my facility are pretty well rounded and have also been instructed on fetal monitoring, labor patterns, IUFDs, and can start an admission if the unit is hopping. We can't do assesments or push meds, but we have been specifically trained on some interventions under the guidance of an RN like shave & scrub preps, positioning and what to do in a decel.
We are pretty much the RN's second set of hands and eyes and work as a team, each one knowing their part.
Look into it if this sounds like something you want to do, I can't gaurentee all good days but there is something about a crash c/s at change of shift and fast deliveries that keeps me coming back to work every day.
It's fun, if you are an adrenaline junkie like me
BTW, I too am a first year nursing student...and hope to stay just where I am...in L&D