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!