I am a brand new inexperienced Pct for Texas Health in Med Surg. So to all the "experts" in this area of care what should I expect? Look out for? Any mistakes newbies make? Do you love the care you are able to provide? Thanks. I hope to learn a lot as a pre nursing student and be a positive voice/presence to the patients I care for.
Apr 18, '13
Not a lot of advice as far as what to expect or newbie mistakes. But I wanted to tell you congratulations on your new job. I know I love being a PCA, love making a little difference and helping any way I can. Go into it with an open mind; be willing to learn, don't think you know everything. Some days are trying, some are exhausting, some are sad, and other days are fun. It's not always easy, but it is worth it. It will also really help you as you begin your nursing school journey, it will put you a little ahead during foundations.
Apr 18, '13
Thank you! I'm excited to learn and it's comforting to hear you love your job. I'm hoping to have a great experience and grow as a nursing assistant.
Apr 19, '13
Congradulations hun. Wishing you the best.
Apr 20, '13
Thanks! It's going to be a new experience for me.
Apr 25, '13
Take all the advice you can get from your coworkers - especially those who have been around a while. They have figured out all the best ways to do things (just make sure what they are doing is ethical and safe for the patient before you adopt it!) Figure out what each of them do well, and duplicate it. If you take the strengths from each of them, you will have a solid foundation of skills. I am always eager to learn, and I always tell my coworkers what skills I need to work on, and they are always happy to help.
I started on a busy med/surg unit with no experience, and I was really nervous, but working for a year before starting nursing school has made a huge difference in my performance clinical! Starting as a tech is the best thing you can do!
Good luck, and congrats on the job!
Apr 26, '13
Wow, thanks! I will make sure to learn the strengths of my coworkers. I'm hoping to finish up prerequisite courses and go to nursing school. So this is great that you have done this yourself and confirms I made a good choice. Thank you!
Jun 13, '13
I have been at my position a month noe. Its great! I'm very tired but I enjoy the work that I do. : )
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