I start Nursing school in March and I'm just so tired of being a Home Health Aide. The pay sucks! The environment is draining the life out of me. I would LOVE to work in a hospital but that's going to take some time. I'm thinking about taking a Patient Care Technician course. Anyone know how demanding this position is? What to expect? The starting pay rate in NYC?
Thanks in advance.
Dec 8, '12
Wow, if you think you are drained now, wait until you work on a hospital telemetry unit as the only aide for 15 patients with nurses who don't help. (Yes, this is my personal experience, and yes, I am bitter.)
Dec 9, '12
Being a PCT is just as draining. I work on med surg and typically there are 3 techs for 36 patients. It sounds not so bad, but when you have 12 complete baths, 3 feeds, 6 blood sugars, 8 totally incontinent patients, and people that are on their call lights every 5 minutes, it gets old fast. It's a great experience and helps me tremendously in nursing school, but I am usually dog tired by the time I go home.