Nursing School

  1. Hey Everyone,

    I am so happy! :roll I am now officially accepted into the Nursing Program at my college!!! I start nursing courses in the fall. I am currently taking prerequisites. Also, I may have a new job, but I won't know until later this week.

    Question for anyone from West Virginia, do all the hospitals call Nurse's Aides PCT's (Patient Care Techs)?

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  3. by   P_RN
    Welcome to the Nurse family!

    In SC PCT/PCA are advance trained aides/techs/assistants. DOn't know about WVa
  4. by   Nurse_Bonita
    Thanks for the info. In Ohio, I am a STNA (state tested nurse's aide). I was told that in WVa it was CNA (Certified) but now I am getting told that it is PCT. Oh well. I know I'll be doing more than I am in the nursing home if I get the PCT job. They do simple dressing changes, ekg's and I think glucose monitoring. That will help me out a lot in school. Well, I keep everyone posted. I am so excited!!!!!
  5. by   pama

    Congratulations! What nursing program will you be attending?

    In WV a CNA is trained in the nursing homes by an RN who has at least 2 years experience in a nursing home/long term care facility. Different hospitals have different titles, PCT, Nures Aide, once you have completed at least one semester of a nursing program many hospitals will hire you as a nurse extern, and then there are home health aids.

    Just be very careful with the assignment you accept. Might be a good idea to look at the WV nurse practice act in order to determine your scope of practice. Also you need a copy of the WV "Purple Book" this deals with delegation of assignment.

    Good luck!
  6. by   Nurse_Bonita

    I am attending West Virginia Northern Community College. Ok. So CNA, is Nursing home, been there done that. Been doing that in Ohio for a year called STNA. Nurse Extern??? What exactly does that entail?

    I will definitely be careful as to what duties I accept. My boyfriend is almost done with his RN. He works at the same hospital that he does his clinicals at and sometimes the nurses he works with try to get him to pass meds outside of clinicals when he is actually working as an Aide. He could get in trouble for that.

    I'll have to look into the purple book. Thanks a lot for the info. I'll need all the luck I can get.
  7. by   peggysilva
    In over 30 years of nursing, I have seen the titles of job classes change many times. It is not the title that is at issue as to the job description and is authority needed to do the job match the responsibility of the job. Always be sure to know the laws of nursing in your state. Do not let anyone talk you into going beyond the job as authorized by your hospital.
  8. by   live4today
    Congratulations in being accepted to the nursing program in your area! Your enthusiasm certainly shows, too! Don't lose it because nursing is a wonderful career choice inspite of the "nicks and crannies" that need to be addressed!
  9. by   mario_ragucci
    Welcome! I share your glee!!!! I start in the fall also, though I'd like to start NOW, because I am ready.
    Here in Oregon, we are called CNA's, and we ain't just in nursing homes. Though the clinical training ifor CNA's is in nursing homes, you need to be a CNA to get a gait belt in the door to most professional beginning healthcare jobs. Like, a food handler needs a food handler permit if their gonna work with food.
    I recently received my CNA license and it was rigorous, putting the time in and then passsing the state exam.
  10. by   Nurse_Bonita
    Peggy, Renee and Mario,

    Thank you for your welcome. Also thank you for the comments on titles. It is so weird to be called something else in different places. I think they should call all aides the same thing. Who knows though.

    I am really nervous about starting into Nursing Classes in the fall. I really wish I could start NOW but you know how it goes.

    Thankfully, my boyfriend will be able to help me with school since he is almost done. He promised me that if I made it he would help me study any time he could.

    I really hope I do get the PCT at Weirton Medical Center though. It is 10 minutes from school and that will be a lot easier than where I work now. I can only work on weekends where I am at now because of the way my schedule is. Just wish me luck everyone. Thanks a lot for the advice and info.
  11. by   pama

    Dr. Janette at Northern and I are good friends. She has a good program. I know you will do well.

  12. by   nursedawn67
    Here in Michigan they are Certified Nursing Assistants or Competency Evalutated Nursing Assistants. I'm not sure which is the official State title. I heard it was changing from CENA back to CNA, but not sure if had happened yet.

    In Tennessee they were Nurse Techs, which here in Michigan is a nursing school graduate that is working as such (doing treatments, charting, just not passing meds)

    Oh by the way....CONGRATULATIONS!!

  13. by   Nurse_Bonita
    Thanks for the info. Nice to know that the program is well thought of. Oh, I think I got my new job at Weirton Medical Center. I am supposed to call Monday morning to set up orientation!!! I am so excited! :roll

    Thanks for the further info on job titles. It all gets so confusing when you get called one thing one place and something else somewhere else. And thanks for the congrats too...
  14. by   SICU Queen
    Congratulations! It's nice to see someone so excited about nursing. I hope you maintain that enthusiasm.

    Mine waxes and wanes... lol