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- Jan 28, '12 by Ev1987Beggars can't be choosers. Good luck with your search.
- Jan 30, '12 by blackandyellowI float the ED frequently where I work and they use CNA's. We dont transport anyone where I work we have patient transport for that. We inset foleys, do EKG's, draw blood, and other thing's. I work in a hospital with a big ED so it depends where I end up. If I work in triage I do vital signs, EKG's, draw blood, and get people in and out. If I work on the floor it is a big mix of cleaning patients up, starting foleys, hooking patients up to monitors. If I work in our psych part it is watching the video cameras that are in each patients rooms to make sure they arent harming themselves. And if I am doing trauma it is a mix of everything. I had to be trained in how to do EKG's, reading the cardiac monitors, and phlebotomy all that was taught in a class the hospital offers. The ED is one of the few floors I dont mind floating to if I have to float. Our hospital will only hire CNA's in the ED if they are experinced, nursing students, or EMT's. Hope this helps!
- Jan 30, '12 by karamarie91Quote from Ev1987IA with this. I just got a hospital cna job and that was after getting months of experience in the nursing home and sitting agency. I also volunteered too.Beggars can't be choosers. Good luck with your search.
Networking and getting your foot in the door any way possible is the way to go.
- Jan 30, '12 by turnforthenurseRNWhere I work, the ER utilizes techs and they can start IV's, do EKG's, fit patients for crutches/splints, etc. CNA's work on the floors but if the ER is short-staffed, a CNA will float to the ER to help with vital signs and basic duties, but they cannot do the other things that the techs can.
- Feb 2, '12 by LaterAlligatorWhere I live, the transporters at the hospital have to be CNA certified, and then if you want to work in a particular department in the hospital, they will further train you for that and help you do the necessary certifications. I have an additional certification that allows me to do fingersticks to check glucose on my floor at the hospital. Depending on your state you may be able to do a lot of things in your CNA scope that are useful in an ER; bladder scans, setting up EKG monitoring, one-on-one supervision for fall risk or dangerous patients.
But you need to get experience first, and you'll probably do it in a nursing home. Why doesn't anyone want to do that? It's really not bad.
If you're new, work in a nursing home. Put in your year then apply for hospital jobs if you think you'd prefer acute care.
- Feb 8, '12 by starlight88How stressful is it working in the ED? I currently work on a med-surg floor and I am thinking of being an ED tech. Also how does it the ED differ from 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shift?