OK so I am a CNA. I just got my certification last October, and it took me three months to get a job. I have been working in the telemetry unit of the local hospital for about 5 months.
Ugh, I am SO OVER this job! I am especially sick of the endless edicts coming down the hill from people who haven't touched a patient in 20 years about how to do my job. Just how much do they think I can do in a 12 hour shift?!
I do not see myself progressing to RN. I once thought that, but no more. I am thinking along two lines: ED Tech or HUC. I can move into either fairly easily from my current position.
I have been told I wouldn't really need to take a class for either of them, but I figure if I do, it shows I am serious and might give me a leg up in competition. I could do either HUC or basic EMT in a semester or less. Fitting them around my night shifts would be the challenege at this point.
If it were you, which would you pick? ED Tech offers more in the way of move-up potential, if I complete the Emergency Medicine certificate at my community college and become an EMT in the ambulances. HUC offers a way to stay in health care, but with a more clerical focus, though they want CNA's for those jobs so they can assist with care if needed. Not much move-up potential that I can see from here, but there might be paths I am not aware of into other things.
So which would you choose and why? Thanks for any input.