Patient Care Tech in the Emergency Room

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    Okay, so I have my nursing assistant certification and have seen a lot of postings at hospitals. One of the most interesting patient care tech jobs are in the ER. They are hiring a lot. So, I have a question.

    What does an patient care technician do in the emergency room?
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    It depends. In my hospital, we do the lab draws, foleys, splinting, vital signs, help people to the restroom, EKGs, transport... Some hospitals won't allow ER techs to do lab draws and foleys. It's an awesome job. I'd recommend it.
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    Thanks for the reply!!! Hopefully I get more soon.
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    Quote from tech1000
    It depends. In my hospital, we do the lab draws, foleys, splinting, vital signs, help people to the restroom, EKGs, transport... Some hospitals won't allow ER techs to do lab draws and foleys. It's an awesome job. I'd recommend it.
    ER techs at the hospital I used to work at (Ohio) did this, too, as well as insert IVs.
    Birdbr likes this.
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    Wow... did you have to get licensed/certified for that? Thanks for your reply!
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    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
    lperkins85, NoAverageLPN, and TLCfromSC like this.
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    Quote from Birdbr
    Wow... did you have to get licensed/certified for that? Thanks for your reply!
    You have to go through orientation, of course, but no, they were not certified. I worked as a tech on a med-surg unit and I also drew blood and inserted IV's. Of course, the RN needs to assess your ability to properly do so before they delegated that task to you.
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    If you want to work as an ER tech, it helps a lot to get your EMT license, in fact most places probably require it. Some might even require you be a paramedic. The odds of getting hired as an ER tech with only your CNA and no experience are slim and none.
    coffee&milk likes this.
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    I'm not allowed to do blood draws or anything with IVs, but do foleys, vitals, CPR, splints, wound care, UA collection, monitors, and so much more. I have learned a TON. I'm in my second semester of NS, and started this job during my first semester. I really feel like I'm more prepared for clinical and feel pretty comfortable around patients. I'm hoping it will help me get a job when I graduate!
    VegasVet and on eagles wings like this.
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    It really depends on your facility. At our hospital our ER techs usually don't have any license whatsoever, but are in nursing school. We can actually do more than the CNAs and PCTs on the floors are allowed to do. The only procedures we don't do are IV starts and anything dealing with medications. Like tech1000 said, almost anything else is fair game. Tons of patient transports and EKGs; fewer blood draws because nurses can usually draw blood when inserting IVs. Catheters per HCP order only. <---- Remember that


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