Hi all! Long time lurker, first time poster here.
I recently got hired on as a PCT at a fairly big med center near my home. My floor is half intermediate care, and half telemetry. I heard during my orientation that the turnover rate on the floor I hired onto was pretty high and I think I understand why now.
I have only been on the floor on my own for a week, and have been the only tech for the whole floor. (I'm only supposed to have a max load of 10 patients and then the RN'S go to primary care). My average load has been 11 patients and they are generally pretty high acuity. I also have nurses who are supposed to be primary care providers asking for help for things, and of course I feel obligated to help them. And in addition to trying to help the patients I do have and the nurses asking for help, I'm also running around trying to get call lights. I have worked in hospitals before, but my previoius experience was not this crazy! I just feel very overwhelmed and unsatisfied with the care I'm providing people because I's so busy (and I feel terrible that I can't provide things like baths and linen changes when we're this short staffed). There is supposed to be another tech starting on days soon, so I hope I can hold on, but I just am not sure if things will get better. Anyways, thanks for letting me vent and any thoughts/comments on my situation would be appreciated. Thanks!