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  1. only guy in my class
    It's a total non issue with staff. Many charge Nurses are male and it seems like Emergency Departments and ICUs have a lot of male RNs. If you do face any sort of backlash or awkwardness its from...
    Oct 8
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  2. I am fed up with PCT position...
    If you ask me to do something you wont ever get back talk or attitude, and the vast majority of the time I will say yes, or ok ill get to it as soon as possible, but if I don't have the time I will...
    Oct 4
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants
  3. I am fed up with PCT position...
    That's fine, you can ask if you like, and the tech should prioritize your request along with their other requests and duties and if it cant be done in a timely manner because of what else is going...
    Oct 4
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants
  4. I am fed up with PCT position...
    I think one answer is for PCTs to be required to undergo formal schooling and testing to become a PCT, like CNAs do. I'm not saying it has to be this really long school, a few months on top of CNA...
    Oct 4
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants
  5. Take Intro to Bio or AP out of it?
    I took college biology 101 prior to A&P and it was somewhat useful, although not hugely beneficial. If nothing else it conditioned me a little for A&P and made me familiar with some subjects that pop...
    Oct 1
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  6. Weirdest thing...
    In a Nursing home it was usually stuff like asking me to let the dogs in or going downstairs and taking the pie out of the oven. In a hospital you get patients with psych problems as well as ones...
    Sep 28
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  7. Did you like being a CNA?
    Sorry Kadeemb, but you are acting like part of the problem. This isn't a bragging contest to see who is the super CNA. That's great YOU think 13-16 acute care hospital patients is no biggie for you....
    Sep 27
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  8. Did you like being a CNA?
    Obviously 50 residents in LTC is way too many under any circumstances. Having said that its not simply a case of more patients equals more work. When I worked day shift in LTC I typically had 6-8...
    Sep 26
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  9. 2 months as CNA/PCT in hospital, still struggling
    Did the RN assigned to that patient also get written up for not answering a call light in time? What if you were in the middle of doing something else that couldn't just be dropped when the call...
    Sep 24
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  10. Did you like being a CNA?
    Maybe have the time to provide adequate care, take an actual lunch break, get to know your patients a little, properly stock stuff instead of doing it on the fly, and actually have time to...
    Sep 24
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  11. Did you like being a CNA?
    If this is a hospital that unit manager should be fired ASAP. LTC is hard, but continuously overloading techs and CNAs in a hospital is downright dangerous. Charge Nurses are usually acutely...
    Sep 24
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  12. Lessons from a night as a Patient Companion
    As a PCT this almost sounds like my typical patient. On many shifts MOST of my patients are acting irrationally in some way. A combination of lack of sleep, pain meds, anxiety, dementia, and whatever...
    Sep 22
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  13. Funny -  Tech Broken, Use "Old School" Sphygmomanometer
    That's interesting. I took the skills test in one of those states in 2009 and drew manual BP and pulse as one of my stations. We had to do it a certain way too, first checking BP by palp and then for...
    Sep 18
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  14. How difficult is it?
    The class itself is usually regarded as easy. It does feature lots of hands on training and practicing skills with or in front of other people, so some people who are shy might find this a little...
    Sep 17
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  15. Funny -  Tech Broken, Use "Old School" Sphygmomanometer
    I wasn't intending to insult you, just point out that I don't understand why a CNA school would just barely touch on something that a CNA likely would have to do regularly and could cause a patient...
    Sep 16
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  16. Funny -  Tech Broken, Use "Old School" Sphygmomanometer
    Yes taking a manual BP was part of the state CNA test, and its also the thing most people fail on. We also practiced taking BP frequently on each other in class. Buy a bp cuff/gauge and a steth and...
    Sep 16
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  17. Housekeeping
    When I worked night shift at another hospital, the techs would sometimes have to clean rooms, especially if we were short on beds. We had to do this in between doing patient care. I didn't mind...
    Sep 16
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants
  18. how to do sheets when pt can't turn
    The key when you do have to change bedding in these patients is making sure they've had some pain meds before you do it(if that's possible). Unfortunately there isn't a magical technique I've...
    Sep 16
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  19. Newbie CNA shocked "care" given by CNA co-workers!
    I agree with just about everything you said, its hard to argue with it. Having said that I've worked as a CNA in LTC and worked the road as an EMT, and while both are overworked, underpaid and...
    Sep 16
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  20. CNA vs. PCT
    PCT is a job title. The tasks performed by PCTs vary greatly from hospital to hospital, but generally you do the work of a CNA with a few added tasks thrown in like phlebotomy and urinary...
    Sep 15
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  21. Housekeeping
    I think its universal that housekeeping tends to have lots of free time compared to people involved in patient care. Still, if you think housekeeping has it so good you are free to apply for a...
    Sep 15
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants
  22. Nursing vs. CNA physical stress
    Nursing will obviously put less wear and tear on your body than being a CNA, simply because you have far less patients. More patients means more lifting, and in some environments the CNAs and techs...
    Sep 14
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  23. Newbie CNA shocked "care" given by CNA co-workers!
    I don't see any problem with reporting suspected verbal abuse, as you are a mandatory reporter and are expected to, and this is the kind of thing that if it is happening needs to be nipped in the bud...
    Sep 12
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  24. LPN to CNA/PCT
    This is kind of an odd position to be in. Its strange, Paramedics can work as techs and still keep their Paramedic license, and they have more training than an LPN, so I don't understand why an LPN...
    Sep 9
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  25. PCT Bashing PCT
    Who is doing the complaining, PCTs who take over your patients at shift change? Because that's the only situation where a PCT would be affected by another tech. For the most part PCTs don't work with...
    Sep 9
    Forum: Patient Care Technician / Assistants


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