I am in my last 2 semesters of Nursing school
, and I am trying to get a PCT job (or a Nurse Extern job) in an ICU in Austin, TX. I applied for a job as a PCT at our new hospital in the ICU, but did not get it, although I knew it was a long shot. Does anyone have any recommendations about how to successfully get a PCT job in an ICU - willing to work on a different unit, but really want to work in the ICU as a nurse (so need the experience). Thank you in advance!
Tech in an ICU is a back breaking job, like being a tech in general. I did it for a while when I was a tech. The RNs would have like one patient they had to turn, clean etc. A tech would have 12. These are 12 heavy pts, most on vents that need to be turned continually.
You can learn as a tech and its a great way to get your foot in the door, but keep in mind that for full time techs on any unit, the injury rate is phenomenally high, so I wouldn't work too many hours.
Patients are getting heavier, families are getting more demanding, and management generally doesn't back up techs. At least as an RN you have more say about how you are utilized. As a tech youre often just wanted for a strong back.
You can be injured for life doing this kind of work, Ive seen it happen to many techs. Its a lot less strenuous and safer if you are an RN, so be careful and selective. Hospitals like to exploit some eager to please young nursing students so make sure you aren't getting into a situation where techs are worn out and pitched.
Last edit by funtimes on Jan 20