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  1. New PCT on Med-Surg Floor, Need Tips!
    Not to pile on, but I work in a teaching hospital, and I doubt there is a tech in the hospital that would consider having anything to do with blood transfusions. Thats a big no no. In fact the techs...
    12:45 am
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  2. Tech Jobs?
    I started as a CNA working in LTC. Took A&P and other related classes in college along with phlebotomy. Also went through EMT school and got some experience with a volley Fire Department and Private...
    Jul 21
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  3. Last day of work
    This was great to read. I didn't particularly care for working in LTC, but I always admired and still have a lot of respect for the Nurses and aides who do. There always seemed like a nobility and...
    Jul 18
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  4. An Unapologetic Reasoning On Why You Don't Want To Be A Nurse.
    Tough is a relative word. I used to be a heavy equipment mechanic, stuck outside on freezing winter days(and nights) busting my knuckles working on broke down equipment or stuck in a garage...
    Jul 12
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  5. Too dumb to be a nurse?
    I see brand new RNs struggle with PCT/Nurse aide stuff all the time, and this is AFTER graduating from Nursing school. You need to have thick skin to work in health care, ESPECIALLY as a tech,...
    Jul 9
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  6. CNA in-service learning hours question!
    I would check with your state department of health(or whatever name your state uses for it), because it probably varies by state. I know the state I got my certification in has no such requirement....
    Jul 7
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  7. Frustrated...student nurse can't find pct job in MD
    Job fairs are good because you know the people there are looking to hire. I got my first EMT job at a public safety job fair. I don't know if this is mentioned or not, but if its a large hospital...
    Jul 5
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  8. How much do you make as a tech?
    Interesting. When this thread first started in 2012, the pay people stated seemed to be higher than what recent posts show. Gotta wonder if its the massive glut of Nursing students out there pushing...
    Jul 5
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  9. Frustrated...student nurse can't find pct job in MD
    How many LTC Facilities have you applied at? I find it surprising you couldn't find one that is willing to hire a CNA with no experience. There is very little difference between working as a CNA and...
    Jun 29
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  10. Getting frustrated job searching
    Are you looking for LTC jobs as well as hospital jobs? Some Nursing students see themselves as being above working in LTC, even though there's very little difference between Hospital PCT and LTC CNA,...
    Jun 29
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  11. Employer not paying optional ot
    Maybe they are referring to working past the end of your shift, say working 16 hours instead of 12.
    Jun 26
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  12. Quitting first CNA job
    Sounds like a typical LTC CNA job to me. Did it for a couple years and generally hated it, although I did get attached to many of the residents. They almost become like family. If you stuck it out...
    Jun 25
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  13. Falsely accused of verbal abuse
    Not sure what the outcome will be, there's obviously no way for us to know what exactly transpired, but just in posting you come across short tempered. Calling the speech pathologist a loser...
    Jun 20
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  14. Can a shy person be a good CNA?
    I think shy CNAs do just fine, it's just harder for them starting out. It terms of competence, attention to detail, time management, etc, a shy CNA can do just as well as anyone else, and sometimes...
    Jun 19
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  15. Any Former Veterans?
    My post seemed harsher than I meant, and I respect anyone who served. But yeah I think Medic is one of the easier MOS's in that Corpsman always seemed to be getting out of stuff. Working partys,...
    Jun 17
    Forum: Male Nursing Student
  16. Tech vital sheets from unit/other papers
    I don't think making your own sheet would bother Nurses as long as the information that needs to be charted gets charted.
    Jun 17
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  17. er tech or pca? new to healthcare
    Some ERs seem to have really high turnover for techs, with new faces all the time. I know some Paramedics that took a job as an ER tech at some point, then decided they couldn't stomach having to...
    Jun 17
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  18. er tech or pca? new to healthcare
    You will definitely learn more in the ER. Not to bust your bubble, but realistically there is very little chance you would get hired as an ER tech with no health care experience. They usually prefer...
    Jun 16
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  19. Any Former Veterans?
    Would I recommend joining the military? No. But if you do join, medic is probably one of the best MOS's to go for. I was an infantryman and field wireman in the Marine Corps, and I swear I don't...
    Jun 15
    Forum: Male Nursing Student
  20. Orthopedic Tech
    I guess it depends on how bad you need a job, the prospects for more pay at another job, and whether or not you would learn something useful in this job or have any interest in orthopedics. No one...
    Jun 13
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  21. Difficult resident and charged nurse
    If you automatically know this resident isn't going to shower until late at night, then try to set up your night around this and prepare for it. As long as they are consistent it shouldn't be a huge...
    Jun 13
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  22. how many patients
    I'll add that how smoothly things go with 16 patients depends a LOT on the RNs you work with. I worked at a small hospital where the RNs were like super nurses, they were truly amazing. Hard...
    Jun 11
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  23. New PCT on Med-Surg Floor, Need Tips!
    Where I work the techs are trained on and expected to start foleys, at least on the unit I work on. At the hospital I used to work at the techs could initially do foleys, then an RN screwed up on...
    Jun 10
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  24. how many patients
    I can just see them saying well, the good news is your call light report was great, no call lights went over a minute. The bad news is it took you 2 1/2 hours to get through one round of vitals. One...
    Jun 9
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  25. how many patients
    In the ICU I usually have 10-12 patients. When I floated I found it varied from unit to unit, it also varies depending on the shift. Day shift has less than night shift, or evening if you have that...
    Jun 6
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)


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