I don't mind working in nursing homes but I would really like to work in hospitals to gain clinical experience
(which, I don't think nursing home experience counts as clinical
) and to serve a variety of patients. I was wondering if there was anything I should become certified in that could help me get into a hospital? I know about Acute CNA and CPR of coarse, but aren't there others? Also, what exactly is the difference between CPR and BLS? Aren't they the same things? If you were certified in CPR couldn't you also say you are BLS certified? I checked the list of requirements for some of the hospitals in my area and they say "BLS certified" and whenever I look up BLS classes in my area CPR classes are pretty much the only things that pop up. Could a CNA get certified in AHA, PALS, and ACLS, if they wanted too as well? I would like to try for those but I am not sure if I can if I am only a CNA.
Also, for those of you who are CNAs working in hospitals, what did you do before you got the position? Did you work at a nursing home then transer into a hospital? Or did you go strait from certification to working in a hospital? Did you ever work through a registry or agency? Did you volunteer first and get the job that way?
A little more details: I would like to become either a Neonatal(any level), labor and delivery, or ER nurse in the future and I was hoping my experience as a CNA could go on my resume in the future.