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With my exam freshly passed I am ready to apply for jobs as a CNA in a hospital. I work in the Banner system and - hopefully - can transfer. Does anyone have recommendations for areas to start in? I always assumed med/surg, is this correct? Should I try a day shift to learn more, or an evening shift to work in slowly? What is the orientation period like - or should I even expect one? Also, I'm male. How does that fit into the equation (some areas difficult to work in, sexism, overused as a transfer machine,
etc.)? Thanks in advance!
Have you already found a job? I worked as a CNA in prep for Nursing while taking my pre-req classes. I found the experience to be invaluable. The best words of wisdom I can offer you is to have an intention or goal in mind, like "I want to work with Peds, or geriatrics, or a place where there is lots of teaching involved, or the unit is team-oriented..etc." Then apply, all hospitals seem to be in need.
CNA's truely are the heart of Nursing,