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Can I Work as a Certified Nursing Assistant or Medical Assistant While in School? - page 3

Imagine you are a nursing student who wants to start accruing healthcare experience now. However, volunteering at a hospital or nursing home might be totally out of the question because you need to... Read More

  1. Visit  MohamedElsayed profile page
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    When I was a student in the 2nd year of faculty of nursing I started my career as a bed side nurse under training unpaid of course to learn nursing skills in a private health center & after 1 month I was ready for the paid job and I repeated this in different fields of nursing Hemodialysis, NICU, PICU, Medical and surgical department and I became sharply skillful in the fourth year of my studying
  2. Visit  ebinbrooklyn profile page
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    My 6 years CNA/MA experience is old but was incredibly valuable and how I ended up in nursing - they were rough jobs but I really loved them. I got to work in LTC, dermatology, plastic surgery and home care and it really fueled me to go back to school. I had some wonderful , LPN, RN and MD mentors who taught me so much - things I'm using in nursing school now. My last job was in 2000 (I ended up leaving after college), is that too long ago to add to my resume now? I'm volunteering as well but it's not the same...I miss being a MA a lot but I can't work in my accelerated program, at least during this leg of it.
  3. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
    #28 1
    Quote from ebinbrooklyn
    My last job was in 2000 (I ended up leaving after college), is that too long ago to add to my resume now? I'm volunteering as well but it's not the same...I miss being a MA a lot but I can't work in my accelerated program, at least during this leg of it.
    I personally wouldn't include any experience on the resume if it's more than ten years old. Certain aspects of society can be ageist, and this includes some hiring managers, so they might look at the dates and conclude you're 'older' than you really are.
  4. Visit  JC828 profile page
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    Hi,
    I would love to work as nursing assistant (CNA) while I'm in ADN program.
    I do have CNA license and actually applied a big hospital in the area. I was a volunteer for over a year at the hospital (I was awarded the best volunteer for 2 times), and I saw the hospital hires many nursing students as CNA.
    HOWEVER, I was told by a talent recruiter that the hospital hires only BSN students not ADN...
    The recruiter told me I'm great candidate....but because I go to a community college, I was not able to get the job.
    The community college I go has a better passing rate for NCLEX than other 4 years colleges around here!

    I feel like it is some kind of discrimination. I am bummed.

    Did anyone got a student nursing job even though you were in ADN program?
    Does a hospital prefer BSN students over AND students even though it is CNA job? I understand a hospital prefer BSNs for RN jobs but for CNAs as well?
  5. Visit  sweetlilwolf profile page
    #30 1
    Are you trying to get a CNA job or? Because there should be no issues.... That's odd.... I worked as a CNA trough nursing school and was hired afterwards too
  6. Visit  JC828 profile page
    #31 0
    Quote from sweetlilwolf
    Are you trying to get a CNA job or? Because there should be no issues.... That's odd.... I worked as a CNA trough nursing school and was hired afterwards too
    Thank you for your reply. Yes, I was trying to get a part-time CNA job or Student Nursing job and actually called for the interview at the hospital.
    However, during the interview, the recruiter was reviewing my resume. She asked me about my school and said "Oh, you are ADN student? I am so sorry I did not notice that sooner. We hire BSN students as part-time CNAs, but not ADNs."
    She said I have good reputations as a volunteer (because I was awarded) and encouraged me to apply to the position after transferring to BSN program (but I will have RN license at the time...)

    I thought, just like you, it did not make any sense to me...
    I am wondering that now, many hospitals prefer BSN students even for CNA jobs?
    I am planning to transfer to RN to BSN program after graduating. I believed going to a community college was great option since it is cheep. Did I make a big mistake for going to a community college!?
  7. Visit  sweetlilwolf profile page
    #32 2
    That's crazy I've never heard of that. Ever in my area. No it's not a mistake... Seems like that hospital is making a huge mistake and miss out on a ton of wonderful talent.... So I wonder if a CBA decided to go to nursing school and an ADN does she get let go? It doesnt make sense
  8. Visit  JC828 profile page
    #33 0
    Quote from sweetlilwolf
    That's crazy I've never heard of that. Ever in my area. No it's not a mistake... Seems like that hospital is making a huge mistake and miss out on a ton of wonderful talent.... So I wonder if a CBA decided to go to nursing school and an ADN does she get let go? It doesnt make sense
    I know! Thank you! I though exactly the same thing...
    I saw some CNAs there who are still taking prerequisites to get into nursing programs. The hospital can't fire them even they start going to ADN programs, right!?
    Well... I asked many CNAs there while I was volunteering and met one person who was going to ADN program at a private college in the area. The private college has both ADN and BSN program. She was hired... So I'm assuming that it is not about ADN but it is about going to a community college!?
    I am going to try to apply other hospitals but worried that other hospitals also prefer BSNs over ADNs for CNA or Student Nursing positions.
  9. Visit  sweetlilwolf profile page
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    I don't know why that would matter?!? I mean I'd just try other hospitals. I wouldn't focus on the ADN student thing since your not applying for a nurse position. I always just said I was in nursing school with graduation date of blank. And most student nurse positions you needed your permit too
  10. Visit  AshBuggin profile page
    #35 1
    Quote from JC828
    Hi,
    I would love to work as nursing assistant (CNA) while I'm in ADN program.
    I do have CNA license and actually applied a big hospital in the area. I was a volunteer for over a year at the hospital (I was awarded the best volunteer for 2 times), and I saw the hospital hires many nursing students as CNA.
    HOWEVER, I was told by a talent recruiter that the hospital hires only BSN students not ADN...
    The recruiter told me I'm great candidate....but because I go to a community college, I was not able to get the job.
    The community college I go has a better passing rate for NCLEX than other 4 years colleges around here!

    I feel like it is some kind of discrimination. I am bummed.

    Did anyone got a student nursing job even though you were in ADN program?
    Does a hospital prefer BSN students over AND students even though it is CNA job? I understand a hospital prefer BSNs for RN jobs but for CNAs as well?
    I'm an ADN student and I just got hired at a magnet hospital. BSN students usually have a leg up when applying for RN positions but having bedside patient care experience as a tech will help immensely when applying for nursing jobs- in my opinion. I've been a PCT for about 8 years and have seen ADN and BSN applicants get hired.
  11. Visit  OnOn2RN profile page
    #36 0
    This is truly bizarre. I'm an ADN student and was hired into the nurse tech program for current students.
  12. Visit  JC828 profile page
    #37 0
    Thank you so much for all the replies and encouragements!
    I will keep trying for student nursing job. I think the networking plays a lot in getting a job in a hospital too...
    Since I had done volunteering at the hospital, I know some people there. I really wanted to work as a student nursing assistant/CNA at the hospital.
    Do you think it is impolite to ask them if they can help me to get a student nursing job there? I feel like a kind of cheating because I was already told by a person that the hospital can't hire me as CNA/student nursing assistant because I am in ADN program.
  13. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
    #38 0
    Quote from JC828
    Hi,
    I would love to work as nursing assistant (CNA) while I'm in ADN program.
    Apply to places other than the hospital that demands BSN students. I'm sure there's a nursing home, hospice, home health company, private duty gig, assisted living facility, rehab center, or psychiatric facility that utilizes CNAs and techs.

    People need to remember that the hospital is not the only workplace in town.

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