Any Nurse Techs in RN nursing programs? - page 2

by kv07

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I am currently my 3rd semester of RN BSN Nursing Program. I know how having your "foot in door" can land you a better job or get you a job easier, thus I am applying for externships, etc. But where I am from, externships are very... Read More


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    I'm about to finish my first semester of an RN program and I was just hired yesterday for a nurse tech/assistant position at a local-area hospital. I don't have my certification as a nursing assistant, but I am a medical assistant. All of the nurses I talk with, especially my advisors, say that the best thing you can do is work as a tech/assistant before you graduate, so that you can gain some experience. It looks better if you have that on your resume' when you begin searching for RN positions after graduation. You don't have to go through the CNA course, but once you complete your first semester of a nursing program, you can sit in for the CNA exam to become certified. It all depends on what you want to do, and where you live. Best wishes on everything you do!
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    Like a couple others, I am in school as well and just got hired as an ACP. I am in my 2nd term of a 4 term ADN program. All that the hospitals in this area of FL require is successful completion of the first term of nursing school. I literally got hired yesterday, though. I do have a BS in Psych, but the only requirement was the successful completion of first term!
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    I just finished my first year in the BSN program at SFSU. I recently started working at San Francisco General as a Public Service Aide-Student Nurse Intern. I am working on a med/surg/telemetry/ACE unit. I mostly do vitals, bed/bath, ambulating patients, feeding, linen changes, and answering call lights. The last 2 PSAs that worked in this unit did get hired after the graduated nursing school. I think the extra experience will definitely help me become a better nurse.
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    Here's my background: <1 year as a receptionist/registration clerk at psychiatric ED, an EMT cert, 2 semesters of an ADN program both with clinicals, and I was hired two months ago as a PCT on an abd tx floor. But others I work with have only had clinical experience, or went to a week-long hospital program. With my background I had a four hour skills training workshop and three weeks of orientation. I haven't seen this with a PCT yet, but a new grad RN (maybe she's even still a GN) is currently going through an extended orientation because she's not strong enough on her own yet. They don't just throw you away or throw you to the wolves, at least where I work. Not to say we aren't overworked. It's a hard floor, and RNs get 3-5 pts, while PCTs get 11 or 22.
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    I'm in my 2nd yr. of an ADN program and I just got hired as a nurse intern on a post anesthesia unit. I don't have previous PCT experience, but I do have my BS in psychology and I've worked as a mental health tech in the past. I haven't started officially, still in orientation, but I think it will be invaluable experience and from what I've been told once you pass boards they usually move nursing students up to a RN position!
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    You're in nursing school trying to become a tech. I went the exact opposite route became a tech and then decided to take advantage of my employers education program and decided to purse my passion to the next level which is nursing school.
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    I am currently working as an ER tech in my third semester of my ADN program. I have been working for about 2 years and have worked PRN on one of the surgical floors some. Unless you plan on working on a med/surg floor after graduation I say you should try to get a job in the ER or on one of the units. The units will teach you more all around skills, but the ER will give you exposure to all types of patients and disease states. On the other hand, if you are a PCT on a m/s floor you will be able to take vitals really, really well and perform I&Os with your eyes closed.
    - Just my opinion though
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    I work as a tech in an ER and I honestly don't know how I landed the job. I was hired right before I started my first semester of NS. It has given me a HUGE HUGE heads up in NS. I felt very comfortable my first clinical day. I feel like I can "apply" a lot of the theory at work. I don't actually "apply" it, it just makes more sense. And the people I work with are so awesome, they answer my questions and help me learn.
    I'd highly recommend trying to get a tech job somewhere. Even as a sitter, it's a foot in the door. Good luck
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    Is a nurse tech the same thing as a clinical care tech or patient care tech??? I was a clinical care tech for 4 years and I am now a patient care tech. Very similar except now as a patient care tech I don't do phlebotomy which I did as a clinical care tech. Im thinking they may be all the same...
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    I'm in my first year of an ADN program and I work as a CNA on a med/surg/tele unit. I had my CNA certification already because my program requires you to be on our states CNA registry before you can apply.

    However, even though I think it's great experience and I have already been offered a job when I graduate.....if I had it to do over again I would not have applied for the job. I feel like with nursing school, studying, and working is just too much. I feel like I hardly get to spend time with my husband and kids.

    I also have been able to experience "hospital politics", etc and I can say I am already sick of it. Scheduling, low staffing, poor work environment, , sub-par resources and so on.

    Good luck to you though with whatever you decide.



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