Hello AN community,
Are any of you out there med techs (CNA, MA-C) or medical assistants that work in long term care?
I've been working as a CNA for about 6 months, and I like it a lot more than I thought I would. However, my main problem is the heavy lifting. I can transfer many patients and residents alone-- something I never could have done when I first started. Last time I went to work, I was assigned a hall and a half alone. I've never even worked on those halls, and the lifting was more than I could handle. I hurt my neck and upper back, and fortunately it was nothing a few days of rest couldn't fix. I started wondering if I could even keep this up for another two semesters until I start nursing school.
I don't want to run away from this facility because they hired me straight out of school. It's a pretty decent place to work and the pay is a lot higher than that of other places.
To become medication certified in my state, I would have to take a pharmacology course at my university and then pass a test. It seems doable, since I was going to take pharm in the summer anyway.
My questions for med techs:
What are your hours? How often do you transfer patients? What is your pay like? What are challenges about your job? Should I become a med tech?
Thank you for your replies everyone!
Mar 24, '12
Thank you for the replies, guys!
In NM, I believe we have to either take a course with our board-approved place of employment, and then take a test. Or, I could just take pharmacology over the summer and then apply for medication certification as a pre-nursing student.
It was interesting what you guys had to say. I guess one of my concerns would be working under someone else's license. It's not so much personal concern, but I always think about what I do and how it might affect the RN. I know they worked long and hard for their licensure, and a moment of my irresponsibility will create negative consequences for them.
How do you manage your time in terms of which medications you pass to whom first? When I first got hired right out of school, I stayed on the unit almost 40 minutes over because my work hadn't been completed in time. Now I work much more efficiently and can do everything assigned plus more, but my CMA coworkers are always frantic about their meds being passed out late. So I was wondering if CMA time management is that much different.
Last edit by nguyency77 on Mar 24, '12
: Reason: Typo! :(