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What's higher up than a PSW? - July 23rd 2013, 08:51 PM

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So I don't know if this goes here but I couldn't find another forum that I could put this in. So I originally thought I wanted to be a PSW because I really like to help and care for people who cannot do so for themselves. My doctor (in a joking kind of way) said that I should aim for higher than a PSW because he says he thinks I can do better than that.. but not to tell any PSW's he said that .
ANYWAYS, I was just wondering what would be higher up than a PSW but that doesn't involve a lot of blood/broken bones/stuff like that because I'm not very good at handling serious injuries. I'm not sure if I'd rather obtain a mental health career or a physical heath care career.




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Re: What's higher up than a PSW? - July 24th 2013, 01:29 AM

I'm not sure what a PSW stands for. The only things that can come to mind is something social worker? Psych Social Worker?
   
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Re: What's higher up than a PSW? - July 24th 2013, 01:38 AM

A PSW is a Personal Support Worker


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Re: What's higher up than a PSW? - July 24th 2013, 12:37 PM

I am guessing that is the same as a unlicensed support worker (what we have here) or a home health aide (who may or may not be certified). I guess the next step would be a certified nursing assistant, but that would be more of a lateral move than up the chain.

The next thing up the chain is an LPN, licensed practical nurse or licensed vocational nurse, if you are in the United States. Then the next line up would be the registered nurse. Then midlevel providers like nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, or physician assistant. Then would be the doctor.

Licensed practical nurses are kind of getting the boot recently in a lot of hospitals unfortunately. Nursing homes still want them as they play a vital role and in a nursing home, they have a similar role to an RN does in a hospital. In my state, the LPN may have an expanded role than other states though. I know ours can do clinical teaching and start IVs.

Some other roles that are in the healthcare field that may earn you more money include phlebotomist, medical assistant (usually the person who assists in the doctor's office by taking vitals, information, setting up the room, giving shots, etc), radiology technician (usually they can do CT and x-ray or x-ray and MRI, but a few only do x-ray), ultrasound technician, vascular ultrasound technician, OR surgery technician (which is an exciting job), and paramedic.
   
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Re: What's higher up than a PSW? - July 24th 2013, 02:18 PM

Well, I think it mostly depends what aspect of being a PSW is most appealing for you. Like if you really like the medical side of that then I'd say that maybe being a nurse is more your thing, like you'd go in, administer drugs, help bath them, talk to them and make sure they're comfortable, make them feel good etc (nursing can be done at a college diploma, university bachelor degree AND as a 4 year post-bachelor degree for nursing practitioner)... But if your more into the social aspect then you might want to look at social work, which can be done as a diploma, bachelor degree or a masters degree level. With social work you could do counselling, you could be a case worker, you could be a youth advocate, you could be a medical social worker etc.

Both are good options and are likely to offer more opportunities then being a PSW. Now of course, that is more in that it provides a broader range like my examples with social work, much like how you can be a home care nurse, an ER nurse, a geriatrics nurse, etc. So if you want to look into other options that are related to PSW work i'd say look into nursing and social work and see which path appeals to you the most. I, myself have done a little PSW-typed work, so the way it works for me, no, I'm not certified and it's not "official", like its not full time and it's mostly working with a few kids become independent with school, home work and getting around the city and doing "fun" stuff in the city so they can go do it on their own vs. bathing, medicine, and other "nursey" typed things, like for me it's very much just the social applications that I've had to deal with and the social work side of it was all that I was ever interested in, but for you it might be harder to chose. You can always PM me if you want to talk about it more, but I strongly suggest looking into some schools and into what either choice will be like as a career first (or do that second, depends where your head is at), i would also go towards a bachelor degree or even a masters level degree (ex. an MSW or nursing practitioner) over a diploma. There is nothing wrong with a diploma, don't get me wrong, but it will be harder (if not impossible for nursing) to ever obtain supervisory levels in the work place. Social work is much more flexible, they might give preference to people with masters degrees at the supervisory level but they're also likely to give preference to experience and a lot of the time it is a BSW or MSW, it hugely depends on the job though, like it can be a problem if you don't have a degree if your going to court a lot cause lawyers will use your education against you even if you do still know all the stuff that someone who was able to get a bachelor or, especially, a masters knows, but again, it depends on the job.... So I'd look at the university level, but otherwise, look into that, and i'd be happy to go through it with you




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Re: What's higher up than a PSW? - July 24th 2013, 04:03 PM

Oh, I forgot you asked not to deal with bones and blood. You do learn to handle it. Now it's "Oh, he's bleeding. Or "you didn't apply pressure long enough on the IV site and there's a little blood. No biggy." It's kind of funny when people's IV site starts to bleed again and they flip out. It's not that much blood. Less than the amount of blood we need to get 2 sets of blood cultures and 1 green, 1 blue, and 1 purple tubes. Sometimes we have to draw the green multiple times.

Anyway, mental health techs is another option. You usually need a bachelor degree in criminal justice, sociology, social worker, psychology, or something related to psychology. You'll lead groups and help formulate care plans and teaching about basic needs along with possibly doing other secretarial duties.

A hospital social worker usually deals with discharge planning. They also will lead groups but a majority of their job is the discharging a patient but ensuring they have proper follow up care whether it finding a center to accept them and their insurance or getting them switched to outpatient therapy. They also help with care plans. We have social workers in the ER and they work mostly on the financial aspect of things like if a patient doesn't have insurance, they help them with the program that our hospital has for the non-insured. They only work 9-5 though so I don't ever see them.
   
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Re: What's higher up than a PSW? - July 24th 2013, 05:46 PM

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