Hey everyone, I have an interview for two different jobs tomorrow at the same hospital and one is for a behavioral health tech in the emergency room that is 5 days 8hr shifts and a CNA position on a med/surg floor 3 x 12hr shifts a week.
I'm finishing up pre-reqs for nursing school right now and plan on enrolling into the nursing program within the next year...
Just looking for some thoughts on which one you guys would rather work if you have any experience in either/or, pro/cons, etc.
This will be my first patient oriented job in a hospital setting and just looking for some input on some experiences you or someone you know has had with either of these two positions and which one they liked better
Thanks a lot!
Quote from dreher101
behavioral health tech in the emergency room
To me this sounds like a sitter position that is dedicated to the ER. I could be totally wrong though.
Sitters have to watch suicidal patients as well as others that are considered a risk to themselves or the staff of the ER. You are basically sitting there watching the patient making sure they don't do anything to themselves or anyone else. You can also take vitals, help with toileting, get cussed out, etc. but it's really kind of boring, at least in my experience. I do some sitting some time as a tech.
If this is in a behavioral health ward of an ER where you will be working as a regular tech, that sounds challanging. As a previous poster referred to, think about the types of patients you are likely to have in that position vs. the CNA position and try to decide if one matches your future goals more than another.
3 12s is a good schedule too imho and one of the benefits of healthcare work.
Be sure to ask questions in your interview so you can get a good idea of what the positions entail.
Last edit by SweetCorn on Jan 26, '13