Hi everyone, this is my first post here. I was just wondering if anybody here has both a CNA and EMT-B certification. I'm an EMT-B and I'd like to become a CNA so I can work as an ER Tech. Would you say that I need to take an entire 3-month course to pass the CNA practical skills, or do you think I could just take one of those 3-4 day CNA review courses? Thanks.
1st of all, most ERs want their techs to have more advanced skills than just CNA (IV starts, 12 lead EKG, foley insertions). 2nd of all, working in an ER and working in the field are completely different.
It's just like when ER or ICU nurses want to volunteer to be paramedics and we are told that we have to go through the whole paramedic class even though our skill level is similar.
Some ERs however have their own in-house training for techs. You may consider contacting the ERs in your area and asking what their particular requirements are. Good luck. I used to be a paramedic long ago and switching to the hospital environment was a little of a letdown when I realized I went from being the one in command and the main decisionmaker to the low gal on the totem pole. Techs are low-paying jobs with little recognition unless you bust your arse every second of your shift. Remember that.
Last edit by bluesky on Nov 21, '06