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  1. CNA/EMT-B to LVN at 50+ in S Texas?
    EMS is a hard field to get into if you are older, unless you have a Paramedic license, which isn't worth the time, money and trouble. EMTs make horrible pay anyway and the chance for injury is good,...
    Aug 24
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  2. Has anyone ever worked a medical assistant position being a CNA?
    Being a CNA wouldn't hurt, but I don't see it as helping much either. More important would be clerical experience, some knowledge of coding and billing, at least a basic A&P class and knowledge of...
    Aug 24
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  3. Being Fired as a CNA, feeling that it wasn't my fault.
    I get the slander part, but in the end the DON mishandled this. We don't know what exactly you said and how you said it, but you would think they would have taken into account you had just been...
    Aug 23
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  4. You will make mistakes
    It seems like as a general rule if there is a code or some emergency, multiple patients decide to put on their call light to make some silly demand, it never fails. I have literally seen patients...
    Aug 23
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  5. You will make mistakes
    This is exhibit A on why when you get interrupted a hundred times while trying to get through one round of vitals, bad things can happen. Not that I'm saying that was the case in this situation, but...
    Aug 20
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  6. Patient Care Tech Float
    This is a really old thread but someone resurrected it so I'll comment. If its a large hospital, Float tech is NOT a position for someone with no experience. You really need to have previous...
    Aug 18
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  7. landing an ICU job
    In some ways the less acute the setting the more responsibility a tech might have, as you will have fewer RNs helping out so the techs become more important. This is why I have often felt CNA LTC...
    Aug 18
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  8. Starting new PCT job tomorrow...
    Get used to stuff like this as a tech. I've always been docked half an hour pay for lunch, but its pretty rare I get the chance to take half an hour. In fact I'm lucky sometimes if I get any...
    Aug 10
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  9. Do employers still look for career CNA's?
    I think Its actually probably harder for RNs to find a full time job with benefits these days than it is CNAs because Nursing schools are pumping out more RNs than needed, and RN positions don't...
    Aug 9
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  10. landing an ICU job
    I agree its probably a bad idea to just show up and introduce yourself and tell them you are interested. I just cant imagine it being seen in a positive light or you really having a chance to make a...
    Aug 8
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  11. PCA position in nursing school
    Working as a PCT at a hospital by no means guarentees you will be hired there after becoming an RN. It depends somewhat on the hospital whether they tend to hire former techs once they graduate. Some...
    Aug 8
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  12. tired cna first shift
    When I worked in LTC I found evening shift(im assuming 2nd shift means afternoons/evenings) to be easier IF you have the same number of residents you are assigned to, but if they staff less and...
    Aug 5
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  13. Got into nursing school....Should I wait?!?!
    This really depends on whether you want to give up a lucrative career as a Spanish translator in order to pursue Nursing. Bilingual Spanish speakers are incredibly rare in the US, there's only about...
    Aug 3
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  14. When you have a minute
    I don't want to sound like too much of a whiner. Ultimately I get that if you really hate being a tech and think being an RN is so much better, you always have the option of going to school and...
    Jul 31
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  15. When you have a minute
    Obviously there are techs like that on some units, and you get some with really bad attitudes. As you point out they are being gotten rid of, which is what usually happens to techs like that(sooner...
    Jul 30
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  16. When you have a minute
    Here is what people apparently aren't getting. We are held responsible for what isn't done, what isn't charted, and what isn't done right. Our charting is audited. Some nurses seem to think hey we...
    Jul 30
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  17. When you have a minute
    I can tell you right now that if I said those exact words it would probably go down considerably less well than simply saying no, as it would be seen as accusatory and confrontational. Also, to be...
    Jul 28
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  18. When you have a minute
    Ill also add that while the tech may not know everything the Nurse has going on, that has little effect on the RNs. Its not like were the ones telling them to do stuff. Whats important is whether the...
    Jul 28
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  19. When you have a minute
    When you have long frequent conversations in the break room not sitting in front of a computer, or showing someone a youtube video, or checking your cell phone, you aren't THAT busy. Sorry. Just...
    Jul 28
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  20. When you have a minute
    I was asked a direct question and gave a direct honest answer. I didn't yell or get snappy. I simply said no. I wasn't about to give yet another promise because I had way too much else going on, and...
    Jul 28
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  21. When you have a minute
    How many times a shift do you hear these words as a tech? I think a record was set my last shift with either "when you have a minute" or "I know your busy but..." It usually starts AS I'm getting...
    Jul 27
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  22. CNA/PCT - What's the difference?
    Best definition I can come up with is a CNA is a Certified Nurse Aide, a PCT is an uncertified Nurse aide(except that some PCTs are CNAs). Both do basically the same basic thing, assist Nurses...
    Jul 24
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  23. New CNA *vent*
    I would just say suck it up, your young so a little adversity isn't gonna kill you, but the pay thing is really what I find intolerable when it comes to CNAs and the workload. Its a crime CNAs...
    Jul 24
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  24. Stethoscope  for a PCT?
    I'm surprised some techs never use a steth. Where I've worked its basically expected of us to take a manual BP if its outside of normal limits and significantly different from the last reading. When...
    Jul 23
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)
  25. Stethoscope  for a PCT?
    Yes you probably need one as a tech, if only to check manual blood pressure from time to time. Usually if a blood pressure is unusually high on a patient the Nurse will expect you to check it...
    Jul 22
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants (PCT/PCA)


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