Emergency Rooms - page 2

Will an emergency room at a hospital or even a walk in clinic hire a CNA?... Read More

  1. by   turnforthenurse
    Where 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.
  2. by   LaterAlligator
    Where 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.
  3. by   starlight88
    How 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?