Nurse Tech Role on MBU

  1. Okay, so I've started working as a Nurse Tech on the MBU. Our hopsital does patient care teams ... one mom RN, one baby RN and a Nurse Tech take on six or so couplets (moms and babies).

    My first day I trained with a wonderful Nurse Tech, who also happens to be a friend of mine, and who I've heard is the best on the floor. My next two days of training are with a tech who is known to be lazy and to do the least amount possible. I'm scared to train with someone like this!

    Fortunately, the managers on the floor give great written guidelines as to what needs to be learned (although with no experience doing these things, I'm a little nervous). What I'm looking for is what is wanted and/or needed from the Techs on these floors that isn't written down? What do you wish that the Tech's would do for you? Or not do for you? Give me some pointers, some stories, some whatever you have!

    I love this job and have that Type A personality that drives me to perfection ... I want to be the Nurse Tech that everyone wants to work with ... help me figure out how! (Oh, other than my great work ethic and sparkling personality!)

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    About SC RN

    Joined: Mar '03; Posts: 185; Likes: 7
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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I love my techs. Can't live without 'em. The best techs just know when to ask if help is needed. ANY help you offer; changing a bed, rocking a crying baby, running errands to central supply, whatever, is greatly appreciate by an RN like me. Also, restocking, building discharge packs, putting together discharge paperwork, assembling gift packs, etc is helpful. Wheeling down moms/babes for discharge is helpful, too. Our techs take vital signs for us. I don't know what your scope is there. Make sure you know your job description WELL and can do it all. Other than that, I ask you just be there to help when I am obviously overwhelmed.

    The same will go for you. If I see you are bogged down, and I am caught up, I will happily help you restock, clean instruments and equipment or do paperwork. If I don't see you need help, ask me!!! It's about TEAMWORK...the lines blur a bit when it's busy and I don't consider it beneath me to do tech tasks when things are busy. GOOD LUCK TO YOU!!!!! I hope you enjoy your work!
  4. by   mark_LD_RN
    if only everyone was a team player like you debbie we would all be better off.
  5. by   SC RN

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for your post ... I worry that teamwork is not what this unit is always about ... I sensed tension the first day I was there. I want to do more than my part to create an environment that is conducive to teamwork. I think it can happen .. and I'm looking forward to working with nurses like you!

  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    AWWW mark and Sc thank you. SC I wish you the best. I hope things go better than you seem to anticipate.
  7. by   mark_LD_RN
    your welcome debbie

    SC home it goes well for you just give it a chance and things may work out. just remember don't take it personal if everyone is not a team player. I am very much a team player and think it is the only way to be.but everyone does not think the same way good luck and lets us know how it is going
  8. by   mother/babyRN
    Techs???YOU have techs???Wow, I am envious....
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Yes we have techs. And we LOVE OUR TECHS. WE HAVE to have techs, we do our own csections, tubals and D and C's (often)
  10. by   HazeK
    a shift with a GOOD tech is so wonderful!
    the rooms get stocked, an extra pair of hands in/after delivery helps so much!
    I cherish our techs in L&D!
    We have one per shift that we have to share...
    but they really lighten my workload!