Help me get a job as a CNA in a hospital! Advice needed, questions...
January 17, 2014 7:49 AM Subscribe
Certified Nursing Assistant/Pre-PA filter: I'm working on pre-reqs at my local university towards Physician Assistant school. In order to get approx. 2,000 hours of direct patient care on my application I am going to be a CNA. I finish the certification at the end of January. How do I look competitive on my application/resume to work in a hospital since I don't have any prior healthcare experience besides my 4 days of CNA clinicals?
posted by timpanogos to Work & Money (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
According to the advice I have received previously- CNA experience in a hospital in an acute care setting looks really good on an PA application and it will give me some good background training before I go to PA school. That is why I chose not to do phlebotomy or medical assisting.
I have been doing really well in my CNA course. I feel I could add a lot of value in terms of my personality, how physically strong I am, and the compassionate care I can offer. How do I make this translate?
The problem is that most hospital CNA job listings say "1 year experience preferred". I do not have healthcare job experience- worked for the federal government for 5 years before making this change. I also have a BA. I'm in Utah.
I spent some time on an ortho floor in 2004 when I broke my femur and ulna/radius. The CNA saved my life!! She got me out of bed, helped me shower, toilet and other things when I had no desire to even move and had no energy to think about things like that. She motivated me to start relearning how to take care of myself. It really makes me want to return back to that setting to help other people who are going through similar things. An ortho floor, labor and delivery, cardiac, whatever.
What can I do to make myself look competitive when I start applying to hospital jobs in a couple of weeks (end of January)? I haven't started shadowing any PA's yet (still setting that up) so I don't have any connections there. My CNA course instructor says that half of her students from her previous class with no prior healthcare experience were placed in hospitals. I think she likes me and would offer a good reference for me if I asked. There is 1.5 weeks left of class. How should I proceed? Any other advice?