I have accepted an offer for an ED tech position, my expected start date is May 6th. For this position, a CNA cert was highly preferred. I got my cert 5 months ago and this is my first position in the medical world at all...feeling very lucky and blessed to have gotten this position without real world experience, aside from clinicals 5 months ago...from what I was told, it is quite a bit different than normal CNA jobs. My question to the ED techs is this:
What should I go over again in my CNA book to help me better prepare for this position?
Should I pick up some extra books from the book store to better prepare me?
If so what are some good ones to look for?
Are there any areas, or things that I should really focus on knowing extremely well?
It is a teaching hospital and they said that I will be given opportunities to take classes on phlebotomy, and reading EKG's, among a few other things that my duties will include.
I just really want to be prepared for this.
If there is any advice for me, I am willing to listen!
Thank you for your replies!
I work for an ambulance company that has a huge coverage area and they post us all over the place, so I see many different ERs, sometimes in one shift. From what I've seen ER techs vary hugely in what they do and what training they recieve. Some places hire techs with no experience or licensing and prefer to train them from scratch(rare), others prefer EMTs or Paramedics with lots of road experience who are ready to go from day one, others use CNAs, and some use RN students, or a combination of all of the above, with different levels of ER tech, like EMERGENCY TECHNICIAN I or II.
If its a big ER they may have you start out just working in certain areas like observation and largely staying out of the trauma room unless there is a code and they want you to do compressions.
One ER near me doesnt use techs at all because the RNs dont want them. Most likely because they know it means less RNs are staffed and they will lose hours as a result.
Expect to see a lot of drunks, drug seekers and psych patients.
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Oh how I LOVE the ER!! I, like others here, learned SOOOOO MUCH when I working in that dept. But, with that, it also depends on where you work and how the nurses are. I worked with the most amazing RN's I have ever met. I could ask 1,000 questions a day and they always were helpful, they knew I was exciting about learning more and loved to help. Worked with a group of RN's that were really just crap, attitudes of "just do your tech stuff and leave the rest to us, nothing u need to know"...when all of us had LOTS of experiance and/or where in EMT-P/Nursing school. Also, it will depend on what your scope of practice is there...what all are you "allowed to do"? When I worked with the super-awesome-nurses, we had a HUGE amount of trust for one another. They esp. did with me, since it was their lic. on the line. But that trust had to be earned. I did the IV's, foleys, all kinds of things. The other ER, NOPE...they didn't even let us draw blood, but we sat at the front desk for the initial triage...makes no sense lol. But where they didn't let us insert IV's (I should add that I do have my IV Therapy Cert from the state of Texas lol) or labs, but we splinted EVERYTHING...I hadn't done that since school in 2000 so that was rough for me to get into the swing of and "learn" lol. Stay positive and don't worry...if you like to learn the ER is awesome for that. Know matter how smart a person THINKS they are, the ER is somewhere that will quickly remind you that you know jack..lol...in a good though...motivation to LEARN...always LEARN and become a sponge!
Good Luck to you hun!
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