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Hired as PCT but only have CNA experience?

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by Debbie1234 Debbie1234 (New) New Nurse Student

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Hey all! So I moved to Florida from NC and recently got hired as a PCT at a hospital. I was a CNA in NC, and I have never heard of the term PCT, as in NC it was just called CNA I and CNA II. As a CNA I in NC, our scope of practice involved vital signs, ADLs, blood sugars, and charting. The responsibilities of my new PCT job here state that when needed, PCTs are required to perform phlebotomy and EKGs. I’m worried that I may be under qualified for this job, even though it only requires a CNA license. Will I be trained on-the-job as a PCT and be taught these procedures? Please help me! Thank you!

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Rose_Queen is a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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You should receive training as part of your orientation. Even if you had experience, you would still need to learn the devices and processes at a new facility.

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Hi there, 

I’ve worked as a Patient care assistant and it was basically like working as a CNA, except I was hired since I was a nursing student & got paid a little more. You should get on the job training & once you start training you should ask about EKG & phlebotomy since you’re not comfortable yet. They may also provide you with an option to take a phlebotomy course. 

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