ER tech

  1. 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.
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  3. by   soxgirl2008
    The ER techs at my hospital do a wide assortment of things... Help in codes, put on splints, do ekgs, draw blood, get vitals, transport patients to x ray/ct scan/ ultrasound... Bring patients to the floor. Take out IVs. They do a lot of the wound care too.
  4. by   FutureRNGreen
    Do they administer injections because im a medical assistant and i applied for that position just to get some experience and thank you for your comment
  5. by   soxgirl2008
    No, our ER techs can't do anything with medications. However laws vary by state so it could be different where you live. Were you trained to give injections as a medical assistant? Because then they *might* let you, but it really depends on the facility.
  6. by   dannygirl315
    I'm an ER Tech. I draw blood, start IV's, do splints of all kinds, dispense crutches, assist patients in ambulating, collect specimens and take them to the lab, lots and lots of vitals, catheters, emenas, bladder scans, take patients to the floor if they're admitted, take them to other depts for CT or X-Ray if they need help, assist Dr or nurse if they need extra hands. There's probably more that I do, but can't think of now.
  7. by   FutureRNGreen
    @soxgirl yes i can draw blood and give injections as a medical assistant i have my cna/pct/cma so i can do everything @dannygirl that sounds interesting i would love to do all of thank anything to get me prepared for nursing school i need all the experience
  8. by   funtimes
    If you are a CNA/PCT/MA, you are more than qualified. Unfortunately many ERs prefer EMTs with field experience. Why I have no idea, as working the road as an EMT is nothing like the ER, but for whatever reason thats what many want.
  9. by   FutureRNGreen
    i guess we will see i just waiting on a phone call hofefully someone calls me soon causei talked to the manager.
  10. by   BrackEMTgal
    I'm an ER tech. I do vein puncture, ekg's, splints, you name it. I'm also a EMT-B though. They want people they know can handle it. It can be rough, exhausting, and traumatic but also really cool. My ER is a Level 1and they only hire EMT's. Good luck!
  11. by   Bobmo88
    In my ER we have to be Phlebotomy certified and the job description says EMT or CNA preferred but they don't really care about those (HR cancelled my EMT Cert verification when I was being hired because it took way longer than my phlebotomy) I do venipuncture, 12 lead EKGs, splints, vital signs, pt. transport, sitting for psych patients, CPR on coding patients, and assisting nurses and docs however I can, among other things. I used to do some point of care testing like UA dipsticks and accuchecks but our hospital changed their policy to allowing only licensed personnel to do these now. Our techs also work as the unit secretary so I do that as well. The ER can be very hectic at times so you need to be able to multi-task, prioritize, be assertive, and be able to communicate well with others.
  12. by   FirefighterDoug
    Quote from funtimes
    If you are a CNA/PCT/MA, you are more than qualified. Unfortunately many ERs prefer EMTs with field experience. Why I have no idea, as working the road as an EMT is nothing like the ER, but for whatever reason thats what many want.
    How did you come up with the idea that working on the road as an EMT is nothing like the ER? I have been working as a tech for seven years and some of the best ER techs and RN's I work with all have prior or current field experience. Many ER managers look for tech as well as RN candidates with thier EMT (basic or medic) and field experience. The reason is that EMT's and RN's with field experience tend to have better critical thinking skills and have the ability to multi task effeciently when it gets busy. At the level one I worked at I helped train the CNA's that came down to the ER from the floors. I noticed that most were very hard workers but just by the nature of thier CNA education and training they think differently than people I trained with thier EMT and field experience. Rather than trying to think ahead or act alone during traumas and codes they rely on being directed by an RN or other provider.
  13. by   FutureRNGreen
    thank you everyone
  14. by   Stevenmac85
    Hi I'm a technician in the uk , were called emergency department techs .
    We can do much the same as an RN can apart from drug administration but can under direction administer nebs, 02 and entanox and topical creams for numbing skin before needle insertion .
    We cannulate , carry out phlebotomy , 12 lead ECGs , accu check blood glucose checks , urine dip , dressings/ wound closure ( after checked by doc / RN), plaster of Paris application , give out crutches and ensure patient can use them safely and work in resus ( trauma ) and help out with arrests ( codes ) .
    Amongst the hands on clinical stuff we ensure the department is tidy and well stocked and perform admin/ reception duties and act as a porter / orderly too ....
    Our salary is around 18,000 basic and we get enhanced pay for weekends and nights .
    We work. 37.5 hrs a week and usually work this by 3x 13 hour days a week .