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    How many of you have to pay for parking for your work?

    I pay $10 every pay period(2 weeks). The hospital is located downtown and a private company owns the parking garage. Although the hospital used to own/operate the garage it became too expensive to continue so it's convienently connected to the hospital. If you don't pay to park you'll have to park on the street and pay and even then there are VERY few spots available. It's worth $20 a month to have a covered spot in 100+ degree heat and I don't have to worry about ice on my windsheild in the winter time.
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    Can I Carry/Own a Gun On Base?

    You definitely cannot carry on base no matter what type of license you hold except for maybe Federal LE. A base is considered Federal property and as such no CCW. As far as owning, each and every base regardless of branch has different regs and subject to change. Usually it's up to the base commander and those change every few years or so. At 29 Palms(Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center), no weapons allowed in the barracks. If you lived in base housing you had to register your weapons with PMO(MPs).
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    Interview this week PACU or CCU?

    First, in this economy, go to both interviews and try like heck to get both of them. Don't get set on one or the other without having any job offers yet. Second, I personally would lean towards the CCU since I'm interested more in critical care. The CCU spot will also offer more schedule flexibility since it's a 24hr operation. Although the more desirable shifts may be given out by seniority. Do you know the general duties of each job. I'm willing to bet that you'd be able to do/assist with more procedures in the CCU versus the PACU. What area of nursing are you interested in?
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    PCTs, Can I see your resume?

    at austin community college. they have a two day crash course in phlebotomy designed for techs who need to draw labs. it covered basic anatomy, types of labs, colors/meanings of tubes, documenting etc. also, in order to pass the class you must have at least two or three successful sticks on your classmates. and yes, everyone has to get their blood drawn. it's the very same class that my hospital puts new techs through. i just took it on my own to stand out to employers.
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    Do your RN's appreciate you as a PCT/CNA?

    Nursing environments are just hard on anyone who's new regardless of license status. New techs and new nurses get flak from the veteran techs and the veteran nurses. At least that's how it is at my hospital.
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    School for PCT? Can you elaborate on that? Will you be getting a CNA cert at the end? How long is it? How much? I don't mean to be invasive it just seems like there's a school for everything under the sun and most of the time they're a waste of time and money. Many places hire PCTs without ANY previous training whatsoever.
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    pct/nurse tech wages

    It was around $11.xx something. I don't remember exactly.
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    PCTs, Can I see your resume?

    My resume: various high-school type jobs, nothing medical related 4 years active duty Marine infantryman; no medical training other than basic first aid stuff I paid for a CNA class myself(~$400 and 6 weeks long) I also took a phlebotomy (~$65 and two days long) Then I applied for a job at a hospital(medsurg unit at a level 1 teaching hospital; about 400 beds) and got it. Some thoughts: Managers - Find out a way to contact the NMs on the floors you're interested in. Send them a copy of your resume and cover letter directly. Forget HR, at my hospital it's just a bunch of red tape for applicants and even employees. Even if there's no jobs posted, get the managers familiar with your name. They're the ones doing the hiring. Try to target the medsurg units as they tend to hire people with no experience. The ICU/ED/Surg etc usually require their techs to have hospital experience. Volunteer - the volunteers we have do a lot of stuff for not getting paid. They pass out trays, get ice and water, transport pts for procedures, stock supplies, even help clean up pts. People get to know them and it provides a gateway to getting a job. Students - At my hospital at least, they look for students to hire as techs. I don't know the official policy but it seems that the student techs are much more motivated than the "career" techs. Remember once you're hired as a tech, you're constantly building your resume to get hired on as an RN at that facility. Sitting - Some patients require constant monitoring. So "sitters" just sit with the pt and make sure they don't pull out IVs, feeding tubes, get out of bed etc etc. It's a good way to get your face and name out there although not as well as volunteering since you're stuck in one room all shift but you're getting paid.
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    New Job! Looking for advice!

    Learn about everything you can. I'm assuming you're at a hospital so ask about any additional training they have like ACLS, EKGs, IVs, blood draws etc. Since you're working the night shift you'll usually have more down time than the dayshift. Use it to your advantage. Read through the patients charts. Listen to the docs. Ask other techs and nurses for advice. Above all, act professional. You've got your foot in the door now and when the time comes to apply for an RN spot they'll remember you're work ethic and job performance as a tech. Even though the job descriptions and responsibilites are different, many traits transfer over. Lazy as a tech? Chances are you'll be lazy as a nurse. If you get my drift...
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    Path to Becoming an Air Force Nurse

    dreamprincess - While I can't speak for all branches and all specialties, I do know that due to the current state of the economy many people from all different fields are trying to get into the service. So the recruiters have a much larger pool of applicants/recruits to choose from. I'm a prior sevice Marine and some of my buddies are now recruiters throughout the nation. They tell me that things restricting people from coming in today weren't even considered 5 years ago. Things like tattoos, traffic tickets etc. I suspect the same is true for nursing in all the branches. But to put everything in perspective most, if not all, industries are like this nowadays. Hence, the rough job market. Everyone's having a tough time no matter if you're an engineer, nurse, teacher, techie etc. Especially new grads competing for jobs next to nurses with many years of experience and lots of initials behind their name.
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    Austin Community College - ACC- Fall 2011

    cnoelb - The course you're looking for is NUPC 1078 Basic Phlebotomy Skills and they usually hold it once a month at the Highland business center. Search ACC's continuing education webiste to find the current schedule. There usually isn't a wait list since most people are a little aprehensive about getting their blood drawn...especially from someone who just learned how. topacio - Unfortunately in these current times waiting 6 months to a year after graduating before obtaining employment is what most people, not just GNs, experience. There isn't a career/profession out there that can guarantee a job straight out of school/training barring the military.
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    pct/nurse tech wages

    I work as a tech on a med/tele floor at a level 1 trauma center in central TX. We're called clinical assistants. I've been working for one year and I make $12.18/hr with $1.25 for weekends and $2.50 for nights. Since I work nights and weekends I make pretty good money for having no experience or training. We do vitals, blood glucose, chart i/o's, EKGs(interpret and actually hook up the leads), input orders, start and d/c foleys, d/c iv's, draw blood for routine blood and blood cultures, in addition to all the normal ADL type stuff.