Wow, what a week it has been! I started my PCT job on Monday – except that it isn’t necessarily my “job” yet since all week has been orientation to the hospital, paperwork, and completing computer modules. Today was actually the first time I stepped foot onto my unit, except that it was only to complete more paperwork, receive my locker key, and get my schedule. And then I stayed on the unit, plopped down at a computer desk, and did MORE modules. 🙂 But at least I got them all done today so that I can begin the next phase of work next week – orientation to the unit!
I met my PCT preceptor today as well and I liked her immediately. I will work with her for the next two weeks as I orient to my new job on the unit, and then after that I will be by myself and will be expected to take care of 12 or so patients. My schedule up until August is a mixture of days and nights, so that will prove to be interesting I’m sure.
Anyway, just wanted to give a brief update on what’s been going on with the job. It will be nice when I can actually get started in the role that I was hired to do!
Yesterday I went to the hospital and signed all my papers for my job! I also had my TB testing done, and completed a physical and drug screen.
And today I bought pretty teal scrubs (PCTs wear teal) for work and I actually found a pair that I LOVE. Can’t wait to wear them!
Now all I have to do is return to the hospital tomorrow to get the TB skin test read for results, and then orientation starts on Monday!
It’s weird not being in school. I think I just realized this morning, upon waking up, how much more productive my life is when I have a routine and something to get out of bed for! 😉
As much as I am thoroughly enjoying the fact that it’s summer, and I can wake up and do anything with my day without feeling guilty or pressure from assignments looming over me, there is also a sense of boredom. This past semester was so very, very busy and chaotic at times that now I feel completely unproductive and useless. I have already read tons of books, re-organized my kitchen, hung out with friends and family, gotten a job…
I guess now I just really need to get started on the stuff that I’ve been putting off for forever – like painting the interior of the house.
See, even this post was useless and unproductive! I think this summer will get a lot better when my job starts (only 1 more week!) and when my EKG elective begins (in July). Then I think I’ll feel a little less like I’m just wandering around trying to conjure up things to do.
I should find another place to volunteer at. 🙂
Friday’s interview went great!!
I got to the hospital and met up with the nurse manager on her floor – surgical telemetry – even though I was interviewing for a position on another floor (cardiology).
The interview was very conversational and I loved the nurse manager right away. And everyone that I met on the floor leading up to the interview (I had to wait for a few minute as she finished with another interview) was so kind and welcoming.
She asked me at one point why I was trying to get a part time job even though I was in nursing school and a PRN position would be better for me. I told her that I would prefer PRN but I just hadn’t had anyone interested in giving me an interview yet; she then looked up available positions in the hospital and told me that I could interview for a PRN position on HER floor if I wanted to! I of course said yes!!
So after the interview she gave me a tour of the unit and I fell in love right away. I left the hospital EAGERLY awaiting to hear back from them…
…And I didn’t have to wait long! I was called at 5:45pm that evening and offered the job.
I accepted the job, and starting on June 17th I will be a PCT on a surgical cardiac telemetry floor! 😀
Taken the morning of my interview…I got to the interview super early, so I started taking selfies. 😉