Do your RN's appreciate you as a PCT/CNA?

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    I just read a post by a nurse showing her appreciation for the "unlicensed staff" and this definitely made my day.

    I can't tell you how many times at work I have been made to feel like an incompetent fool just for being a tech. While most of the nurses I work with do show they appreciate me and tell me how happy they are when they see me come on the unit, there are nurses who just look down on me like they are better then me or something. it's aggravating!!!!

    for example... I work in an ICU... I do temperature, blood sugars, EKG's, and phlebotomy. (I can do vital signs but it's ICU so they are all on the monitors)

    If I notice a pt's blood pressure is low and I alert the nurse.... DONT ROLL YOUR EYES AT ME AS IF I"M STUPID...because I just came on the unit and didnt know the patient is always hypotensive .... just tell me thats the norm for that patient....

    part of my job is to alert you if I notice abnormalities with the patient...I was just doing my job...

    And when it comes to drawing blood....all because I'm a tech does not mean I cannot do a blood draw on a patient who seems to be a hard stick......

    I can't tell you how many times a nurse was unable to get blood....and I would go and get it in one shot....
    I love hearing "she wont be able to get it" as I walk in the room, then walk out with 3 full tubes if blood......


    And dont even get me start on the new grad nurses on orientation...... OMG

    so do you feel appreciated by your nurses?
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    90% of the time, yes. There are always a couple of the eye-rolling types.
    Last edit by JDZ344 on May 14, '14
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    Yeah I get that alot.., yes the nurses know much more then we do ofcourse butafter working with patients a few years you can easily pick out the signs as a tech that a patient is taking a turn for the worse.....


    lol one to time we had to take a patient with a trach to the OR... Non vented.... She put a facemask on to transport!! Lol I tried tell her that it was wrong and get the right mask but she said it was fine... Needless to say when we got to the OT they had a good laugh...
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    I would say "most " nurses appreciate our skills. Though I can tell you within 10 minutes if a nurse was a previous CNA or not. The ones that have worked their way up...are ALOT better nurses!
    LeighAnne85, Equestrian, ORnurseCT, and 6 others like this.
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    You sound like me when a nurse says a patient is a difficult stick or anything and says I can not do it I am determined to prove them wrong. I feel appreciated by the majority of the nurses I work with. Sometimes I dont feel appreciated during the shift by some but at the end I get a big thank you from them and that makes me feel appreciated. I think some people just get overwhelmed and sometimes as an aide you get the brunt of it. It's not fair but for me it seems to come with the job.
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    I know the eye-rolling thing all too well. I think sometimes the nurses forget that we are not given the pt's entire health hx/comorbidities like they are, or we're not the ones who will be there for 3 days in a row taking care of the same patients...just simply tell me that the pt's BP has been running low or temp has been running high, etc.

    and I also hear you on the "difficult stick" pts! Thankfully, most of the nurses still gave me the opportunity. But I remember one day we had one patient and her BP was in the 60's systolic...pt was very lethargic. We put the pt in trendelenburg and called rapid response and then one of the RN's delegated the blood draws to me. An LPN told me that I probably wouldn't get it because she has tried to draw blood on the pt before and she is a very difficult stick. Yes, her veins were crappy and very deep, because guess who got all of her labs drawn? *toots horn* never underestimate the UAP's because they are "unlicensed!"

    When I worked as a tech, I was appreciated. Most of the time. But also easily taken advantage of, especially when I was on the only tech on the floor. I did have those occasional eye-rolling, "you're stupid because you're only a tech" types. Until I taught one of those types how to use a ballard suctioning system on an ICU transfer to that nurse who was clueless, in front of the patient's family
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    I would have to say 90% of the time. I had a nurse tell me about a week ago,"How come we can't hire more people like you, one of the best that the floor has ever had." But then she goes,"Oh man, your finishing school here shortly, right?" There are days that I love my patients and my nurses but then there are days when you have a nurse tell you to go get blood and when you ask them about a type and cross they roll their eyes like ...no... but still get it. LOL
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    I am changing jobs in two weeks, going from dealing with surgeons and nurses all day to just nurses. I'm a little nervous being the new person. I had a tour today the same RN that gave me funny looks during my interview was giving me that "I don't need to be introduced to her, she's just a tech" look, everyone else wanted to meet me and was very nice. I hope she is the only difficult one on my shift? I have worked on this floor in the past, and I know all the doctor's, but I am still terrified to start a new position, and getting past all the personality issues with the nursing staff.
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    Ill tell you right now I appreciate everything you guys do for me. You really have no idea how much of a burden you lift from our shoulders when you are there to help us out
    TinyRNgrl, mamaxmaria, carlyn0726, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from gelgel
    You sound like me when a nurse says a patient is a difficult stick or anything and says I can not do it I am determined to prove them wrong. I feel appreciated by the majority of the nurses I work with. Sometimes I dont feel appreciated during the shift by some but at the end I get a big thank you from them and that makes me feel appreciated. I think some people just get overwhelmed and sometimes as an aide you get the brunt of it. It's not fair but for me it seems to come with the job.
    This is my experience as well when I have nights like that, which are few and far between. RNs are usually nice to me and excited to talk about school, NCLEX, jobs, etc.


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