Any Nurse Techs in RN nursing programs? - page 2

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... Read More

  1. by   futurernfarmer
    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.
  2. by   ccguidry
    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!
  3. by   Bruce_Wayne
    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.
  4. by   A.Brook
    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
  5. by   NurseMaybeBaby
    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
  6. by   dxchange
    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...
  7. by   jesskidding
    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.

  8. by   Equestrian
    I am in my last semester of school for my RN. I have orientation on Monday for a Nurse Extern position on a surgical floor. I won't be getting my license until March so I am excited about working. I wanted to do Med/Surg first so it is perfect for me. I have no prior hospital experience other than clinical. Best of luck to you on getting what you want!
  9. by   tech1000
    I did! I had a year of ER experience as a tech in the military, came home from a deployment, found NO jobs as a tech... I finished one semester of nursing school and both jobs I applied to, I got. Definitely definitely definitely get a tech job before graduation.
  10. by   luvspring
    How mnay hours are you required to work a month or a week are weekends and holidays required?
  11. by   Unique87
    When I was in school last year I worked part time about sixteen hours per week. It wasn't so bad I learned how to juggle things.
  12. by   Anoetos
    I got really lucky getting hired as a nursing assistant in the radiology department of a big hospital here in the Detroit area. The rules here are that, in order to work as a tech, you have to have finished at least one semester in MedSurg with clinical rotation. Once I had done that, I asked my boss to release me to seek a tech position, she was kind enough to do so, I applied to the Nephro floor and was hired there in November.

    A tech in my hospital, basically, does everything a nurse does except pass meds (and a few other RN specific functions: port care, four eyes skin assessments, etc.). I do admits, foleys, IVs, a lot of CAPD, wound care, PICC line care, etc. it has been absolutely marvelous experience and I have my foot in the door for a position when I get my license.

    It took a huge stroke of luck getting hired in the first place. Without that, I'd be on the outside looking in. I encourage anyone in nursing school to go this route, seek hire at a hospital as soon as possible, even if it's only contingent so that you'll have access to the internally released job opportunities as they become available. What I hear, in my area at least, is that jobs for new grads are not as plentiful as we'd like, so getting in as early as possible just makes sense.

    It goes without saying that most hospitals only advertise the good jobs to people who already work for them.
  13. by   Jayelle314RN
    I got a job immediately after my first semester of nursing school as a tech in Long Beach, CA.