. I live in an area where there are 6 or more major hospitals (not counting all the little hospitals within the different Health systems) all within 1 1/2 hours of each other. All of the hospitals seem to call them different things. Cleveland clinic calls them one thing University Hospitals calls them NA's and NAII and Akron General where i work they call them Nursing Assistants (STNA's) then they have Senior Tech's and Nurse Tech's. Nurse tech's are strictly nursing students, who are at a 4 year accredited university. Senior tech's are a mixture of Nursing students and STNA's. The STNA's get further training from the hospital to get the position and the nursing students have to have there first clinical. The Senior tech's are Primarily in the ED because they need more skilled people. Although they are working on trying to get some onto the floors. We do blood draws, Foley's, EKG's, assist with trauma's as well as other things. There aren't many baths given in the ED. I am a nursing student who really wanted to work in the ED. I am from an 4 year accredited university, and i didn't really want to work on a floor. There's something about emergency that i'm drawn too. I had a chance to get my foot in the door and i took it. (with hopes of working in the ED as a new grad, and thought this is a great way to get my feet wet) I'm a senior tech, because they don't primarily keep Nurse tech's in the ED (over half of the ST's in the ED are NS at my school), sometimes they will float down, but they are never there much. Senior tech's there are sometimes up to 8 and as little as 2, usually on night shift. Yesterday we had 9 tech's, one tech was orienting another, and a nurse tech working in the ED and we were swamped, you didn't see one tech sitting around doing nothing!!
probably more then you wanted to know, but if you have any questions just let me know!! i got to typing and i couldn't stop....lol!!