I'm doing my prerequisites for nursing school and meanwhile I'd like to transition out of my current career into the healthcare field in order to gain more experience. Right now I'm a volunteer in L&D at a local hospital as a doula and like that a lot but think I might like working in the ER and might be good at it. I will have to take my CNA course anyway as part of the nursing program, so could work in that capacity through the rest of school, however...
Would I be better off getting a certificate as an Emergency Room Technician? There is a community college nearby that offers that course of study and it doesn't seem like a huge investment of time or money. It kind of seems like in an ER tech job I would be involved with some of the skills that ultimately I will need as a nurse along with typical nursing assistant duties. Is that correct?
Do graduates from these programs get hired right into positions or would I need some kind of additional experience. It kind of seems like all the job postings for techs I've seen require a year of experience.
Would it benefit me to volunteer in an emergency room? What kinds of things do volunteers do? Would that help me figure out for sure if ER work is right for me?
What other experiences should I have in order to ensure gainful employment as well as success as an ER nurse after graduation. I'm going to need to work anyway, so I figure I might as well be on some kind of meaningful path.
Thanks so much for your insight!