That's usually the first question I get when someone learns that I'm a nursing student at the hospital I work at. For now my pat answer is "I'm not sure yet, we'll see" but I guess if I were being honest the answer would probably be no. See this hospital is a very small, rural hospital & like I've probably said before, some of the patients are more like nursing home patients than just regular old sick patients on a Med/Surg floor. I'm talking total care, from bathing to toileting to feeding and while that wouldn't be so bad if you actually had techs to help you, at this hospital you're LUCKY if a tech is scheduled & then sometimes it's only one tech for a floor with 33 rooms, some of them double occupancy rooms. Uh no thanks! Then on top of that the pay is lower than at the hospital where I do my clinicals. And further more, I live about an hour from a big city where there is a REALLY great children's hospital that I might like to work at, so basically I don't really see myself staying at this hospital, but I guess one never knows the future huh?
Just curious, does the hospitals you work at have techs for every shift? Even if they are lucky enough to get a tech, it's usually only day shift, night shift usually gets the shaft. What does your hospital do?