Getting to know Nurse Technicians

Sheena has been contemplating a lot of things lately. Yes, ever since she was a kid she always wanted to become a nurse and now that she’s in college she is just a few steps away from her dream. However, being enrolled in nursing school isn’t enough for her. Theories and classes, yes they’re interesting, but she wants to experience the real thing, what it’s really like working in the hospital so when the time comes that she becomes a Registered Nurse and will finally get to work in real life setting, she won’t get culture shocked.

If only she’ll get that chance to work in the hospital. If only she could learn more. If only.

Hello, nurse Techs!

Do you want to experience the “real thing”, yet can’t do so because you’re still in college? Then this might be just the thing for you. Nurse technicians are involved in many aspects of patient care. They are generally part-time employment opportunities which are reserved for students in licensed practical nursing (LPN) or registered nursing (RN) programs leading to a diploma, associate degree or bachelor’s degree. These positions are typically reserved for nursing students or nursing program graduates who have not yet received licensure but would like to earn work experience at a hospital or other healthcare institution while attempting to pass a LPN or RN licensing exam.

Under the supervision of an RN or a doctor, nurse technicians are responsible for providing basic patient care. Their job description may include observing patients, recording their vital signs and reporting any changes in their condition to healthcare supervisors. They may also escort patients to examining rooms or surgery. In some states, they may also be responsible in assisting physicians during examination and treatment procedures or administering prescribed medications, as well as in collecting and labeling test specimens.

However, in other states, nurse technicians are not allowed to administer medications independently, take physician orders, transcribe or check off orders and make admission assessments/discharge summaries.

How to become one

Depending on the employer, the requirement to become a nurse technician may vary, but usually it includes a successful completion of introductory nursing courses (minimum requirement for all positions), as well as clinical experience. In some institutions, they may prefer applicants who have completed three years of a nursing bachelor’s degree program.

Also, applicants who have been accepted may be required to report acceptable GPAs as they progress through their nursing programs in order to maintain employment, and may be expected to earn state licensure (RNs or LPNs) within a certain time frame after graduating. In some cases, nurse technicians may be expected to matriculate into other positions.

In other states, employers require their nurse technicians to be registered, meaning they must submit verification of enrollment in a nursing program; earn a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) credential; background checks and basic life support or CPR certification from the American Heart Association or Red Cross.

 

Nursing is a no-joke profession as one deals with actual lives here. As nursing students, we must take every learning opportunity that we have. Seize it and make the most out of it. Like this nurse technician program for example. By joining in such, you will not gain an opportunity to experience a realistic working environment, but you also get to gain experience in an employment situation and insights into the practice of professional nursing.

Sources:

Liane Clores, RN MAN

Currently an Intensive Care Unit nurse, pursuing a degree in Master of Arts in Nursing Major in Nursing Service Administration. Has been a contributor of Student Nurses Quarterly, Vox Populi, The Hillside Echo and the Voice of Nightingale publications. Other experience include: Medical-Surgical, Pediatric, Obstetric, Emergency and Recovery Room Nursing.

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