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MochaFiend has 11 years experience and specializes in None at the moment.

United States Navy 2002-2008: Hospital Corpsman (HM8406) Aerospace Medicine Technician 2004-2008 - United States Navy ER Tech / PCT / Registered Medical Assistant; Urgent Care, Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Monitor Tech (Post Navy); 2008-2015

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    Administering meds I've not prepared

    Thanks. I spoke to the PA, she was just trying to help. She has a light patient load because she's new. All MA's and the LPN just run with it.
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    Administering meds I've not prepared

    The medication was drawn without my knowledge and not in my presence. The syringe is not and has never been labeled. I work in primary care, not a hospital. So, I'm drawing and pulling medication and vaccines on my own. I have no problem administering medications (injections) if it was pre-filled by the laboratory, pharmacy, or by another MA in front of me. BUT, these cases involve me finding a syringe filled with unknown medication, not labeled and I'm supposed to waltz in and administer it to get the patient out the door.... I think not. Does that help?
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    Administering meds I've not prepared

    Ugh!!!! That video is irrelevant to my post and I'm trying to get it off - Sorry!!!!
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    Administering meds I've not prepared

    That's an absolute NO! I have a few MA's in my pod at work, my Physician Assistant and perhaps even my boss at odds with me. My PA has in the past two weeks (I've only been here for two weeks) on about three occasions drawn up medications for me to administer. I don't administer that loaded syringe, it goes straight to the sharps container and I prepare the injection by myself, from start to finish. I do this even if the vial (solu medrol) is a single dose. I told the PA politely to "please don't draw injections for me to administer because I've been taught to not administer medication or injections that I, myself have not prepared" The PA's response: "I was just trying to save time" Me "I understand, and I appreciate it. But, I cannot administer medication that I've not prepared myself" Another MA: "Seriously, Jessica?" Me: "Seriously" The PA went on to the next patient. The MA went to another pod to gossip about what I just told her and the PA. I spoke with the office supervisor, a LPN, who told me "It's at your discretion. I was taught the same thing. But... It's at your discretion." The hell? I wouldn't even let my very best friend draw anything for me to administer. I know I'm "asking to get fired". But, this is my butt. My signature. I look like the bad guy because I know not a soul would take care of me if it were my name on the line, even as a RMA if there were to be a lawsuit.... Am I stupid, crazy, wise?? What would you do? [video=youtube_share;gLj7fj-3L78] Thanks....
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    RMA to LPN or RN?

    I've been attempting my pre reqs for BSN and I've not done as well, hardly a dent in the required courses. I'm currently working as a RMA and I love it! But, to get into a leadership role: Clinical Manager - I thought about going the LPN route since a lot (if not all) clinical managers are LPN or have their associates RN degrees. Are LPN's being phased out? I do my best work in outpatient care as a RMA and that is where my experience has been since 2004 (Navy - Primary Care, Cardiac, Pulmonary Medicine).. I just feel like... I.... Should just get an associates in nursing or LPN because I'm not prepared for BSN. Why? Tie investment and more importantly getting into the program. I'm in my early 30's... I hope LPN is not going away. Because, I feel like as far as time is concerned that this would be the best route because I love my job and where I work. I just want to grow into clinical management. I don't know if this helps, but I'm in metro Atlanta, GA. Thanks in advance!!
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    Pca work feild

    Not really, but it wouldn't hurt to have one in the locker. I got mine from allheart.com, and I love it! Great acoustics, light weight, and budget friendly! Prestige Medical Clinical Lite Stethoscope | allheart.com
  7. Hello, I'm returning to work after being out for about three years while in school (working on pre reqs for BSN), because life threw a curve that requires me to abandon my degree in process. I have not worked in patient care since Spring 2012. At that time I was a Medical assistant with a diploma in MA. Before that I had PCT experience in the ER and MICU, with additional patient care experience as a Hospital Corpsman in the Navy. I'm confident with my resume, and I'm also up to day with my BLS certification. I feel that the experience gap is making it harder to secure a position with an abundance of experience PCT's out there... Those that are certified definitely trump my experience. Anyone out there without certification as a PCT or returned to patient care after a few years off that have some words of wisdom that they'd be kind enough to share?
  8. Oh, one more thing. Don't wear perfumes or scented lotion. That's a no-no in the hospital and in patient care in general due to allergies, etc.
  9. Congratulations!! It's okay to be scared. The most important thing is to be open to learning new things within your scope of practice as a Nurse Tech. No matter how bad of a day you are having, or how nervous you are, you ARE IMPORTANT. As a "nurse tech", Patient Care Tech, CNA... You will have the same tasks and responsibilities as those with training. I assume that there is a training program for PCT at the hospital? I had a few weeks of training for PCT at the hospital I worked at after my enlistment, even with patient care experience. *Wear comfortable shoes, I'm a fan of Asics and New Balance. *Don't carry your phone, leave it in your locker. *Carry a couple of pens with you, black is best and have spares in your locker (to jot down patient assignments, notes i.e. glucose checks) You will learn how to remove a foley catheter and an iv. You may also, depending on your facility, be trained to draw blood. In that case, get familiar with order of draw: Here;s a website to order a neat cheat sheet that you can wear on your badge reel: Order of Draw Badges or on Amazon. It would not hurt to take a sheet of printer paper or a notebook sheet, fold it into fours and stick that in your pocket for patient assignment notes, things to help when doing turn over. I worked as a PCT in MICU and for some odd reason, we did not meet with on coming or off going techs to go over patient assignments when compared to my experience as a tech in Med Surg... Weird, I know. I floated to PCU a couple of times, but I do not recall the process or experiences on PCU. Be available on the floor! Don't hide out in the break room, restroom, or off the unit.. Yes, techs do this - they get fired. Upon the start of your shift, introduce yourself to the nurses caring for the patients that you are assigned. This is something you may want to do.... ASAP, but be mindful. The nurses need to know who you are, but they also spend a fair amount of time getting report and assessing their patients. Some have to travel with their patients asap, so be available and ask your nurse and patient (s) if they need anything. The nurse may be so busy, he or she will be thankful for your initiative because there is always something to be done or someone who needs something. The same goes for your patients. This is not a glamorous job. There will be bed baths, your will be cleaning or assist in cleaning patients and positioning patients. You might have to take out the trash from your patient rooms. No patient, family, member, nurse, or doctor wants to walk into their love one's/patient's room to have trash over flowing. ALWAYS wear glove. ALWAYS wash your hands. It would not hurt to have an extra set of scrubs in your locker. I've been puked on... Drink a lot of water, coffee is my vice - but stay hydrated! If you work nights, the cafeteria is not open. Have snacks in the locker : meal bars, fruit, nuts, something fast. Gum :) Chapstick... Hair ties if your hair is long!! Tylenol, tums, motrin... Have those in your bag or locker. Get a lunch bag and bring food from home because the cafeteria isn't cheap and not always great. I can't think of anything else.... I'm sorry that this is so long, but it will help you!
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    I want a new job in healthcare being a CNA is depressing?

    Preach it! I'm a MA that has worked as a PCT and as a Monitor Tech. I'm currently at the very beginning of pre req's for nursing, but I have cold feet with the same concerns as you and I've seen many examples of what DoeRN is saying. I grew up wanting to be a nurse since before I was in the second grade... I have the opportunity to go to college debt free because of my previous enlistment. However, I'm looking into becoming a pharmacist. I love helping people, but I know what is before me. Trust me, DoeRN is right on.
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    Anxiety has taken over

    So what field of nursing did you move on to?
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    Chamberlain Nursing?

    Hi, I'm currently a pre nursing student at Kennesaw State. I have heard of Chamberlain College of Nursing and have had a fellow service member graduate from their school in Florida. Have any of you nurses attended the Atlanta campus? Pros? Cons? Experiences? Thanks!! I'm only considering because I'm at the VERY beginning of my pre-reqs.
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    Confessions Of A New Nurse

    Thank you for sharing your story. I'm at the very beginning of my pre reqs for nursing and I know that I'll have the same problems with stress and anxiety as you. But, you MADE IT! Thanks for the extra boost in my confidence and congratulations on passing the NCLEX and landing your residency at your #1 hospital choice!
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    Telemetry Course via Hospital

    Hello, again! I just got word from my boss that I'm going to a telemetry class for three days. What can I expect? I'm sure I'll have to learn arrhythmias, heart functioning, and things like that - but will it cover ALL arrhythmias? I purchased Dale Dublin, MD's Rapid Interpretation of EKG's after I accepted the job offer (orientation on Monday!) and wow, so many different things. I can do ekg's with my eyes closed, but this is my first monitor tech position. Thanks!!!
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    Frustrated over the tunnel with no light in sight.

    Sourapril,BSN,RN & Windsurfer8, and Heathermaizey, I appreciate that you took the time to read my vent and provide advice, THANKS School, nursing school, or being a nurse is not for the weary.
  16. Hello! I've been in and out of the medical field since the end of my enlistment where I served as a Hospital Corpsman in the Navy. I went into the Navy because I didn't have the funds for college or a family to fall back on let alone support me as I pursued my childhood dream career of becoming a nurse. What luck to be able to work in healthcare while serving our country! Fast forward 7 years later and I've struggled with a lot, more than enough to really get me down and out. Example: My husband getting injured overseas that which ended his career in the service, followed by caring for him while we lost everything because the VA has a serious backlog problem when it comes to awarding/providing benefits for the injured. (we literally did, had his family not been there - we would have been homeless because my family has been in and out of my life at their convenience. We pulled up to my husband's mom's house on fumes). However, it took 2 years and we have since recovered in so many ways. Due to so many things happening, I haven't even been able to finish a single semester with more than one class. I cannot get back to school until Spring 2016 because as a vet myself with VA education benefits, the tiniest thing goes wrong and it takes the VA education folks months to fix something SO EASY. Thankfully, due to my experience, I've recently been hired for a per diem position at a small, rural hospital, as a monitor tech/secretary for their ICU. I want to be a nurse SO BAD. I feel that being in my early thirties (I'm sorry if this may hit close to home to those my age or 10-20 years wiser) that by the time I graduate that I wont be a desirable candidate because of my age or something or another. I hope that this is all in my head, because it more than likely is. I just hope I make it. I just want that BSN, even if it takes me 10 years. Where is the light in the tunnel? I guess for me to think I'd be able to take a full time course load after being out of school for over ten years was unrealistic. I'm sorry for the long rant, but sometimes I just feel it's not meant to be? Still, I'm going to enroll as soon as the VA fixes their admin problem with my paperwork. Soldier on, right?