I was a tech for 4 years during nursing school
. I worked at a level 1 trauma center, i was able to pull IV's, pull foleys, in dept UA, we ran some blood tests on the floor, asisting nurses with all procedures as well as doctors, 1:1, EKGs, phlebotomy, transporting, responding to trauma alerts, ssetting up chest tubes, security alerts, decon training, we were actually allowed to restrain patients. It was the best job ever, I not have accepted a nursing position in a trauma center in a different state... totally worth it. best job ever.
I did my preceptorship in the ED for nursing school, me and my preceptor made a new record, MI to the cath lab in 34 minutes during off times. I took care of 4 stroke patients, 4 MI, 3 cardiac arrests (one in which we saved)... i wouldnt have been able to do this without the expeerience and knowledge working as a tech