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Trouble catching on as a PCT!

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I have been a PCT at Fresenius for about a month now and cannot get the hang of it to save my life. The computer work and patient care came easily to me but the machines are another story... it seems like I always forget to do at least one thing. Everything I touch gets messed up one way or another and I feel like all I'm doing is slowing everyone down and getting in the way. My trainer told me that she hates training, which makes it worse because now I'm self conscious that I'm not doing things fast enough or that I make her job harder. But she's the most experienced one there and the other experienced girls are not patient enough to train. She knows a lot and I want to learn from her but I can tell she doesn't want to be training me. I really like the work, I am just overwhelmed and frustrated! Has anyone else dealt with this? How did you manage to work it out?

I have been a PCT at Fresenius for about a month now and cannot get the hang of it to save my life. The computer work and patient care came easily to me but the machines are another story... it seems like I always forget to do at least one thing. Everything I touch gets messed up one way or another and I feel like all I'm doing is slowing everyone down and getting in the way. My trainer told me that she hates training, which makes it worse because now I'm self conscious that I'm not doing things fast enough or that I make her job harder. But she's the most experienced one there and the other experienced girls are not patient enough to train. She knows a lot and I want to learn from her but I can tell she doesn't want to be training me. I really like the work, I am just overwhelmed and frustrated! Has anyone else dealt with this? How did you manage to work it out?

hey, how've you been? take it easy, you are only working for 1 month so it's very normal that you will still forget things. are you always rushing? my advice is don't rush, cause once you do that you will forget a lot of things. and just be patient with your trainer. usually they are really strict because if you made a mistake they will be held accountable for that. it took me 6 months before i got use to the work.

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It takes at least 6 months or more to really get the hang of it and be at ease. Go easy on yourself and breathe. Take your time. If they get on late, so be it. Be safe. That is your priority. Accuracy is your goal. Speed comes with time.

It took me around a year to really feel like I knew what I was doing. I never thought that I would get the hang of everything. I was hired as a new grad RN but worked as a tech for almost seven months before I started charge training. I know what it is like to have a bad trainer. It can really make you nervous like you said. Would you be able to go to another facility to train?