New CNA with EKG/phlebotomy Certification...do hospital hire you ?

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    Hey guys, thanks for taking the time to read my thread. I have a quick question, here is my situation. I am a pre-nursing student finishing up my pre-req for nursing and I wanted to work in the hospital as a PCT (Patient Care Tech). I plan to do a CNA training and EKG/phlebotomy program. I have been looking on the hospitals HR website in my area and there is so much postion open for PCT they do ask for EKG/phlebotomy certification and CNA but they all are looking for min 6 months of acute care exp. I dont know what to do because I have no healthcare exp, except for in high school I was in a program call HOSA where we did clinical in LTC,and private practices and I doubt they will consider that exp. I really wanna work in the hospital, anyone with suggestion,advice,and comments.
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    Quote from KdnRN2B
    Hey guys, thanks for taking the time to read my thread. I have a quick question, here is my situation. I am a pre-nursing student finishing up my pre-req for nursing and I wanted to work in the hospital as a PCT (Patient Care Tech). I plan to do a CNA training and EKG/phlebotomy program. I have been looking on the hospitals HR website in my area and there is so much postion open for PCT they do ask for EKG/phlebotomy certification and CNA but they all are looking for min 6 months of acute care exp. I dont know what to do because I have no healthcare exp, except for in high school I was in a program call HOSA where we did clinical in LTC,and private practices and I doubt they will consider that exp. I really wanna work in the hospital, anyone with suggestion,advice,and comments.
    That combo sounds like a ready made ED tech to me. What a hospital is "looking for" and what they'll accept are two very different things. Be confident in yourself, and convince them that you're able and eager to learn. Dropping the hint that your preference would be to stay in this facility when you're an RN doesn't hurt either.

    Put in the applications and do the interviews. The worst that happens is that they don't hire you, but if you don't apply, you're not even giving them the opportunity to say yes. Plus, the interviewing experience will help you.

    Good luck!
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    Quote from Crocuta
    That combo sounds like a ready made ED tech to me. What a hospital is "looking for" and what they'll accept are two very different things. Be confident in yourself, and convince them that you're able and eager to learn. Dropping the hint that your preference would be to stay in this facility when you're an RN doesn't hurt either.

    Put in the applications and do the interviews. The worst that happens is that they don't hire you, but if you don't apply, you're not even giving them the opportunity to say yes. Plus, the interviewing experience will help you.

    Good luck!
    Ok thank you im super excited now
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    I agree. Unless you apply...you will never know. At our hospital (acute care level 2 trauma) we hire new CNA's and train them in phlebotomy and EKG's and make them a PCA. Go for it. ANY experience is better than none. And any experience is GREAT! It sounds like your drive and motivation are there, so don't fret.
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    I'm going to tack something on here. When you get turned down for a position (and it will happen eventually), thank them for giving you the opportunity to interview, and ask them specifically "what will it take for you to consider hiring me in the future?" Show them that you will still have interest even though they've declined to hire you. These things stick in the minds of people responsible for hiring, and your polite persistence will pay off.
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    That sounds like a very desirable combination! I am in the same boat right now and my plan is to get as many certifications I can. You could also try AHA BLS, PALS, ACLS, if you really feel the need to get more certifications and stand out. Good luck!


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