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Please tell me what I know to be a good Tech at hospital

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by chall2011 chall2011 (Member) Member

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Hi I'm a nursing student who just got a tech at a step down ICU. Can you please tell me everything I should know to be prepared and be the best I can be?

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LTCangel has 23 years experience as a ADN, BSN, LPN and specializes in LTC, Skilled Rehab, Med/Surg Float Pool, Ortho.

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Best advice I can give is to be positive and let them know that you are willing to help in anyway you can. be a hardworker but don't let anyone dump on you. Let them know that you also want to learn from them cuz you are gonna grow up and be one of them soon. Nurses appreciate extra pairs of hands so they will be glad to see you comin' if they know you are going to be an asset and make their shift go smoother. Good luck, have fun, and learn lots!!

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Learn as much as you can, and be positive. Help out where you can and do you best. A good tech can be hard to find! Since you are a student nurse beware your work ethic put forth now can help or hurt your chances of getting a job there in the future.

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Something told to me by an instructor...just remember to do and see all you can - within your job description, not your knowledge or skills checked off in school. That is sticking with me as I head into a tech job as well. Enjoy!

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EmergencyNrse has 17 years experience and specializes in Emergency Medicine.

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Listening is your best skill. Look, listen and learn...

You can't do it by sitting in the nurses station talking about fashion and relationships, stuff on TV. (This IS a recurring problem with techs).

Be available to help out as much as possible. Place patients on monitors, gather vital signs, assist with as much as possible. Not with just one nurse but everyone on the ward.

No task is to menial. If a nurse asks you to drop off labs or grab labels, supplies so on... this really helps a nurse save time. If you demonstrate that you're really there to help and learn a nurse is more likely to help you.

Not all at once but later on after you have been there awhile and are start figuring things out ask questions. But not before you have a basic "feel" for things. Be patient. A nurse wants you to help but not be your babysitter. A continuous barrage of questions is annoying.

There is an enormous amount of experience that you can gain from an ICU or stepdown unit. You're not going to get it all in a week. Work hard and it will come...

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