Quote from pegbord
I have applied for a Nurse Tech II position for this summer between semesters. If I am offered the job I can work through the summer and continue (with fewer hours!) once school starts up again.
I am curious to hear from other nurse techs regarding what you are allowed to do. The person who interviewed me said that the position is more CNA than supervised nursing responsibilities. Is this common - I would love to get more procedural experience, but tech job is limited and not like what we got to do in clinicals. On a positive note, it is a foot in the door to hospital work environment outside of clinicals - in paid position.
Any input is much appreciated!! Thanks!:spin:
I'm a nurse tech II!!!!!
We do everything that CNA's do (although I recently learned that we don't cut or file fingernails which is fine by me) plus we get to do CBG's (capillary blood glucose checks), insert and d/c NG tubes, insert and d/c Foleys, d/c periperial IV's, remove staples and sutures, perform bladder scans, administer enemas such as a soap suds (ie, nonmedicated), perform sterile wound care (sometimes we get to pack a wound) and a few other things that don't quite come to mind right now.
The person who said it is more CNA duites is spot on. I can do all of the above things without supervision but the bulk of my job involves rounding where I take vital signs and CBG's q4, linen changes, baths/showers, brief changes, answer call lights, tell the RN's if the pt is asking for meds or anything else outside of my scope of practice (which is quite common), transport pts to dialysis or the GI lab if the team is running late, repositioning (this is HUGE where I work at and for good reason), stocking supplies such as those needed for isolation (gowns, gloves, masks), I also chart my vitals, ADL's, and any proceedure I do or any abnormal observation I make such as the beginning of a pressure ulcer (this is also reported to the RN ASAP).
If you have any more questions, feel free to PM me.