I currently work as a PCA at a hospital. I am going to school for nursing, but I have thought about getting my surgical tech certification. So that I can transfer to the OR department in my hospital and still continue schooling(im going the community college route, then transfering to a university). Do you think this is a good stepping stone?
What my issue is right now. I LOVE my floor(PCU) but its wearing on my body. I work weekends only so that I can go to school during the week. And NONE of the other PCAs schedule themselves for the weekend(we make our own schedules). So im always alone with 20-36 patients everyday I work. I dont complain because I am blessed and grateful to have been hired with no experience(I was a CNA for 4 yrs working in LTC) so Idk know how to do everything a normal PCA can do. And no other PCA can show me how either because im always alone. So if a nurse needs a cath done or taken out he/she has to do it. Etc, etc...
I just really want to get my foot in the door of the OR because thats where I want to be when Im done with nursing school. And I HAVE to get my BSN because my hospital would really like for you to have it instead of ADN. And I know i cant handle doing what im doing for another 4-5 years. So I just really wanted to ask fellow nurses these questions.. do you think becoming a CST would do me any good because I can tranfer to any department within my hospital within 6 months. And would my CST history benefit me in staying in the OR once I become a nurse? Thanks for reading, I just dont have any family or friends I can talk to so I decided to post here and ask. Thanks