Quote from candyndel
We will hire someone as a new ERT if they have completed 1 year of nursing school or passed a nurses aide certification and have related experience (sometimes we hire EMTs, too).
We then train/certify them in phlebotomy, ECGs and splint applications (orthoglass and prefab) once they are hired. So no, we don't require EMT certification. No prehospital certs are required here! I would call the NM of the ED you are interested in and speak with them. If you are ambitious, excited and eager, I would take you in a heartbeat! You can teach someone those ERT skills; however, you can't teach someone those qualities!
I totally agree. Of course, some hospitals have different qualifications. I got told the first time I asked the nurse manager about becoming a tech (I work in ED Registration now) that I needed to have some clinical experience first (ie CNA license, EMT training, or be in my clinical nursing classes) and to call her when I started nursing school, since I'm still in pre nursing for another year before starting clinical classes. But when the nurses I work with on nights started complaining about not having enough techs and asking why didn't I apply to be a tech, I got to thinking. They reccommended I ask the NM for an interview, which I did, and I guess my enthusiasm, interest, and the fact that I was persistent showed that I have what it takes to learn the skills needed on the job and that I really wanted the position, esp since I am taking a pay cut. I start next month, and I'm a little nervous because I have a LOT to learn. But at least since I've worked at this ED for two years, I know they general flow of things and I know a lot of our patients already (since we have TONS of frequent fliers). A lot of nurse managers are really really busy, so try and get a face to face interview if at all possible, that way you can really wow her/him with your enthusiasm and your excitement for the health care field. At my hospital, they will certify/train you in phlebotomy and EKGs, teach you to do catheters, urine dips, helping ambulate patients, etc. and if you show real interest in learning as much as possible, they will let you help and/or observe in trauma situations so that you will have some experience when you start nursing school. Lucky for me, they also need some PRN help for Unit Secretary and with my experience in Registration, they're cross-training me for that as well. If you show interest and excitement about learning and are willing to work hard for them, most EDs are in such need of extra help that they will hire you pretty quickly and teach you what you need as you go. Good luck and my advice is to be proactive and don't take no for an answer - be persistant!