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by FutureRNGreen

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Has any CNA/MA/PCT's worked in the ER as a ER tech and would you mind telling me what do you do as an ER tech because i applied for a job as a ER tech.... Read More


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    Ultimately I guess it depends on what A particular ER expects out of their techs. That and what previous experience someone applying might have, regardless of what certs they have. I think some ERs use CNAs or PCTs from other units because they are a known quantity and they can verify if the person is a good employee in house, and it saves money not having to hire someone new. I've worked with CNAs that are better at handling a stressful situation than some EMTs I've worked with(and some RNs).

    I know one ER that only uses CNAs as techs and they cant do a whole lot, and I have heard RNs complaining about how some of them seemed shocked when they have to deal with an actual emergency lol, so its not like I don't understand at all why some ERs prefer EMTs.

    In this state CNAs have to pass a class that's at least 75 hours, and do something like 12 hours of clinicals, and pass a state written and practical exam and a background check. CNA requirements seem to vary more by state than EMT. EMT school used to be a minimum of 120 hours and I think they upped it to 160. Neither school is going to prepare someone for anything other than an entry level position that requires plenty of OJT.

    I work as an EMT for a private that does IFTs and 911. They use a two tiered system here and Basics respond mainly to priority 3 calls, although we'll get a priority 1 or 2 from time to time if no ALS units are available or we're right near the scene. We don't have a pulse ox on our Basic trucks because the company is cheap and figure they'd continually get lost or broken(or stolen). At least thats the excuse they use. I personally keep my own on the truck I work.
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    Our STNAs take a class that is at least 75 hours per our state rules. They can cram it into 2 weeks though.

    It sounds very similar to one of the states I am a medic in.
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    Quote from green34
    I have a few questions:

    Also, the floor CNAs do not do 12 leads in any of the hospitals I've been in. We have EKG techs that do them during the day and respiratory covers at night and if respiratory is busy, it falls to the RN and not the CNA. The CNA would rarely do one ever whereas an EMT on an actual 911 ambulance can do them weekly or more depending on whether they are volunteer or not. Heck, we've had it where all 3 ambulances were on calls and our engine had to do 12 leads while we wait for an ambulance to come.
    The CNA's on the floors at my hospital do 12 lead EKG's and draw blood. We frequently get floated to the ED if the census is low or if the ED is slammed. The first time I got floated it was a little scary because I wasn't acclimated to the environment, but in general I find it easier then the floors. Lots of blood cultures and ekgs, way less patient care stuff. The ED techs have always been really good to work with.
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    Quote from cauru
    The CNA's on the floors at my hospital do 12 lead EKG's and draw blood. We frequently get floated to the ED if the census is low or if the ED is slammed. The first time I got floated it was a little scary because I wasn't acclimated to the environment, but in general I find it easier then the floors. Lots of blood cultures and ekgs, way less patient care stuff. The ED techs have always been really good to work with.
    I am currently a Tech in the ER. All the techs in my hospital do EKGs and phlebotomy. In the ER we also do urine dips and urine pregnancy tests, as well as venous blood gas tests. We can also do simple dressing changes and assist doctors with procedures like LPs and pelvic exams. The ER techs have extra training beyond that of the floor techs or CNAs.
    I'm applying to nursing school so all of this is a great learning experience.
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    I am a nursing student, and I want to work in the ER once I am done with school. However, right now I'm trying to get myself in the ER being a tech is there any recommendations on how I can land a job as a Tech. I am not an EMT or a paramedic. So what can I do in the mean time to get job? Get ACLS certified?
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    Hospitals can be hard to get into in general so I would just focus on that first. Do whatever it takes to get your foot in the door (work as a floor tech or patient observer or even volunteer if necessary) and then transition down to the ED. If you prove that you are are hard worker, I'm pretty sure it would be an easy switch.
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    Quote from cauru
    Hospitals can be hard to get into in general so I would just focus on that first. Do whatever it takes to get your foot in the door (work as a floor tech or patient observer or even volunteer if necessary) and then transition down to the ED. If you prove that you are are hard worker, I'm pretty sure it would be an easy switch.
    Good advice. I was a sitter a few months before I was hired internally as an ER Tech.
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    Here is a link to a video we made on what its like to be a er tech, hope it helps

    Top Questions to ask an ER Tech... life style.. hows the job... Ext.. - YouTube


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