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  1. Help! What to wear for CNA State test?!?!
    They had you use soap and water to make sure you got the soap off them and to make sure the sheets weren't a sopping wet mess when you were done I would think.
    Apr 12
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  2. Nurse aide student working towards becoming a PCT in Colorado
    It all depends on where you work. In some hospitals PCTs do no phlebotomy and about the only thing they do with ECGs is put someone on a monitor or telemetry, no actual interpretation required....
    Apr 7
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants
  3. PCT jobs harder than they once were?
    How many patients do your techs have? If its like 12 or more patients the tech is really stretched way too thin and to an individual Nurse they are working with it will seem like they hardly see them...
    Apr 3
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants
  4. CNA or EMT
    As someone else said it depends on what you like to do. Emt school is a little longer and harder than cna school, but as an Emt you can sort of br captain of your own ship, even if your ship is a...
    Apr 2
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  5. PCT jobs harder than they once were?
    I'll also add another thing about exclusively using LPNs instead of techs. If you think getting some techs to clean up your code browns all shift is difficult, the RNs will be in for a rude awakening...
    Apr 1
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants
  6. PCT jobs harder than they once were?
    A couple responses. First off about LPN's. I have seen zero evidence of LPNs replacing techs in hospitals, quite the opposite actually. It could be a regional thing but where I am LPNs have all...
    Mar 31
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants
  7. PCT jobs harder than they once were?
    This brings up something else I should mention. Your common theme seems to be that techs have a sense of entitlement, but it seems to me its you, and many other RN's sense of entitlement that is...
    Mar 31
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants
  8. PCT jobs harder than they once were?
    Here's the problem. RNs like Sierra Bravo are BSN's. BSN implies you went for some extra schooling to learn management skills, and at one time that's actually what BSN meant. Not any more. Now its...
    Mar 31
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants
  9. Are PCT's replacing the LPN
    I've never heard of LPNs working in the ER instead of Paramedics. The two have a completely different scope and training. Almost all of the skills required of an ER tech are already things a...
    Mar 29
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants
  10. PCT jobs harder than they once were?
    So basically you don't want techs on your unit doing anything medical, you just want someone to clean up code browns all shift. Great learning environment for the techs im sure, particularly if your...
    Mar 25
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants
  11. Is Nursing the hardest job out there?
    Im not a Nurse, but Ive done a lot of different things in my life and have worked with Nurses for several years, and im married to one. My take is that Nursing is one of the more stressful jobs out...
    Mar 22
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. EMT-B to CNA
    I've been an EMT, CNA, PCT, phlebotomist, and unit clerk. PCT and unit clerk is something I just learned on the job, the rest I went to some type of school for. Im not in Nursing school but Im almost...
    Mar 21
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  13. I am NOT a Nurse...
    Ok, I was wondering whether the term nurse rather than lpn, lvn, or RN had some legal basis. Again not that I'd ever call myself nurse or want to. Guess we better stop calling Clara Barton and...
    Mar 20
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. I am NOT a Nurse...
    Correct me if im wrong, but would they even be breaking a law if they called themselves a Nurse? If they called themselves an LPN or RN yes, but there is no license that just says NURSE, its kind of...
    Mar 20
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. I am NOT a Nurse...
    I don't see what the big deal is. You pointed out that your a CNA, what more can you do? If he wants to call you a Nurse that's his choice. Most people outside of Nursing don't obsess over exact...
    Mar 20
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. PCT jobs harder than they once were?
    I think some of the friction between RNs and techs is a generational thing. As I mentioned in my original post(which was like a year ago), it was RNs that have been doing the job for decades that...
    Mar 16
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants
  17. PCT jobs harder than they once were?
    Yes, those are the things you went to 4 years of college learning how to do, and for which an RN gets paid 2 to 3 times as much as a tech does...on your 2-4 patients. We don't have to pass meds, or...
    Mar 16
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants
  18. My Commentary on myself, a CNA
    Floating at a large hospital can lead to burnout quick, especially if you already don't like being an aide/tech, so I don't know if that is what turned you against the job. Its just 10 times harder...
    Mar 14
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  19. Are Nurses First Responders?
    No, Nurses are not first responders unless they work or volunteer in a pre hospital emergency role, and even then they usually are required to undergo training and licensure for that role in the case...
    Mar 13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. Fired for following orders
    Suppositories and enemas might be considered meds, and techs do those all the time. Oxygen is a med, heck, a saline flush might be considered a med. Athough I get your point. I think the problem...
    Mar 13
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants
  21. Fired for following orders
    I missed the part where you said it was passing an NG tube, yeah while a PCTs scope might vary depending on the unit, THAT one should have been a no brainer. Its totally irrelevant if you were taught...
    Mar 11
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants
  22. Fired for following orders
    PCTs don't have a firm "scope of practice". Some things are obvious though, we aren't going to be pushing IV meds, and any tech that does that knows they are going outside their scope. Still theres...
    Mar 11
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants
  23. First hospital job, need advice
    Nights you'll be mainly taking vitals, helping patients to the toilet/bsc, repositioning and cleaning up incontinent patients, emptying tubes and drains and recording output, maybe weighing people,...
    Mar 10
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants
  24. CNA to PCT
    Im always somewhat confused over the term Nurse tech. My hospital doesn't have them. A lot of the PCTs I work with are Nursing students and they have the same scope as any other tech, and quite...
    Feb 2
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants
  25. Not Being Respected as a CNA
    The docs don't bother me at all, they tend to look down on all staff, including Nurses. They don't care if you are an RN, Tech, or whatever. Other CNAs or techs opinions are irrelevant to me as well....
    Jan 28
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant


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