Quote from LiveZen
...were you in nursing school full-time while working as a PCT? How did that go with flexibility for hours, etc. ? All the PCA/PCT jobs around here are scheduled as 12 hours shifts, 7a-7pm or vice versa.
I was in school full time and I did one or 2 shifts per week. Now I work with a lot of students who are contingent and just pick up whatever shifts they can...or just do weekends, or nights. It depends on what you are doing, what kind of a student you are, etc.
Quote from Cherish
If I'm not mistaken most of these positions are only given to CNA's, if your a CNA by all means go for it. Check with the facility, because if your not a CNA and they require you to be one, you may have to take the course.
Depends on where you are. Where I am, there are 2 major health systems. One is divided, with some SNA (Student Nurse Associate) and some PCA (Patient Care Assistant) jobs. The other does not matter. They have PCAs, pCTs, UCs, or you can be a PCA/UC or a PCT/UC.
That brings up an interesting point, LiveZen. If you think the PCA position would be too hard for you, you ould try to get in as a unit clerk/unit secretary. Then you at least pick up some of the info, even if you don't get to do as much direct patient care. As for the job description of a UC, it varies so much from hospital to hospital right now that it's pretty difficult to say what you would have to do. Have you thought of calling the HR department at your hospital and asking them for advice?