I actually posted this in the PCT forum last fall but got zero responses, so just trying my luck here.
I've been in this field for 11 years, I started as an EMT and then I became a PCT for an inpatient psych unit. I work 8 hour shifts, 5 days a week, 4-12. Union job. Right now i make about $50k/year.
I've been seeing some PCT hospital positions, particularly for ER and ICU that pay way more than what I make in Psych. I don't believe these are union based, however, according to indeed, pay for these particular positions are between $56k-$57k per year. This is close to what an entry level respiratory therapist or LPN makes here in NYC. These are also 12 hour shifts x 3 days a week (which would prove useful for work/life balance right now and later on, it would work with a nursing school schedule).
Sometimes I see them listed as ER Technologist for the ER and ICU tech for ICU, but they're all PCT jobs with PCT duties.
The only thing I'm worried about is the fact that, in my psych unit, we hardly do any bloodwork on my 4pm-12am shift. It's mostly the morning shift that handles the bulk of it. The last time I drew blood was maybe 2 years ago and I had missed the vein. Don't get me wrong, since I've been there, I have had many successful draws but I've also had plenty of unsuccessful where I missed the vein due to lack of repetition.
I am comfortable with everything else (Vitals, ekg, etc) except this. Being that these are medical ER and ICU jobs, I expect there will be tons more bloodwork and I am worried it might jeopardize my employment there. I mean I could buy one of those $300 venipuncture flashlights that you hold against the patient's skin perhaps(?).
I'm also concerned about ICU because I'm hearing a lot of negative things about it being very tough and dangerous to work in, perhaps that explains the high PCT pay for it?
Any suggestions? Would you still apply if you were me?