Hey everyone!!! I've been lurking here for a few months reading your posts(which by the way has given me some excellent advise). Anyway... My question is, How many of you worked as a CNA or NCT before becoming an RN, and do you feel it was beneficial?
I am currently in nursing school (2 sem. left) and I just started working as a NCT floating in a hospital. So far I don't really like it. I feel like I have spent so much time trying to critical think and learn meds and well.... basically prepare to get my degree that I feel like I've stepped backwards by taking this job...I do however like working with the patients and the nurses have been wonderful in helping me learn more. I just feel like I do my vitals feed my patients, chart I&O's, bathe patients and then Im like la la la la.. Im bored out of my mind and cleaning or talking with patients until the next time I need to do vitals. Meanwhile the other NCT's do their vitals and then they just dissapear..... They are nowhere to be found..I don't know if they go home and take a nap or what but they're GONE.. Does this happen at other hospitals?
Jul 18, '03
Hi!! Welcome to the Board! I worked as a CNA for six years before I became and RN, and personally I suggest it to anyone who wants to become a nurse. (IF they can take the probable paycut!!
) Aside from the fact it'll expose you to the area that you want to be in, and from the fact that you'll probably learn so much just from what you see and from any friendly nurse who's willing to teach you what they're doing and allow you to see certain procedures, etc. (and it sounds like you have time for things like that!), you also learn how to interact with the patients and their families. That's what I feel the big advantage is. I think it's wonderful that you float within a hospital, you must see so much!! I only worked a nursing home and rehab, which gave me some great wounds to check out. LOL Anyway, I wouldn't take my CNA days back for anything, I loved 'em!! And, I truly understand how hard they work, I never push them for anything, understand if I want something done NOW, I may have to do it myself if they're really busy! I wish you the best of luck in school, and I'm sure you'll be a better nurse for your experience now!! Sorry, I get long winded!!
P.S. I'll admit I can't find them sometimes, but usually one CNA will know where the other one is, and there's always someone covering the unit!
Last edit by Chttynurs on Jul 18, '03