How do I get into a hospital as an lna?

  1. I'm looking into becoming a nurse as a second career. I have a bachelors in computer science. I took an lna training course and have 4 months of experience in a long term care facility. I decided that my skills hit a point where they were not really growing and left on good terms. I'm looking basically to get into the hospital environment on the weekends while attending classes on the weekdays. The hospital states that they want a year experience on the application. What could I do to stand out and not just get my application tossed out?
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  3. by   CCU BSN RN
    So, you obtained your first health care job. You worked there for 4 months, and you quit because you weren't learning enough. This makes you sound like a flake who will also want to leave this position in 4 months so why would a manager want to hire and train you, only to have you moving on to the newest, shiniest job. You openly stated that your skills were not improving/you had learned everything you could from that job in 4 months. This makes you look over-confident, which is a terrible quality in most health care jobs. Also, it means you don't have a good understanding of what you need to be learning. It's not about learning how to perform physical tasks. Also, you quit a job without having another job lined up. That's just plain irresponsible. I would't hire you.
  4. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from FutureNursecrna
    I'm looking into becoming a nurse as a second career. I have a bachelors in computer science. I took an lna training course and have 4 months of experience in a long term care facility. I decided that my skills hit a point where they were not really growing and left on good terms. I'm looking basically to get into the hospital environment on the weekends while attending classes on the weekdays. The hospital states that they want a year experience on the application. What could I do to stand out and not just get my application tossed out?
    Hospital jobs are desirable jobs for CNAs. Four months of experience will not make you a competitive applicant. The schedule restrictions may easily weed you out, as well.
  5. by   meanmaryjean
    What you should do is get a year's worth of experience if that's what they want.
  6. by   traumaRUs
    Moved to another forum for more answers.
  7. by   Extra Pickles
    What is important for you to understand when you are seeking a new position is that your employer could not possibly care less about whether you feel you are learning enough on their time. They will be paying you to do a specific job with specific tasks, that is it. Stating that you left your last job after only four months because you had learned everything there was to know makes you sound overly confident even arrogant. Saying that you left because you wanted to learn more makes you sound a little foolish in my opinion, since the obvious answer to that would be to have stayed in that job and continued to grow in your role as a care tech. You had not yet learned all there was to know would be my bet. The next employer wants to see a year of experience and you have a bare four months. In other words, you are not a desirable candidate yet.

    If you left the last job on good terms you might consider going back, asking nicely for your job back so that you can continue to gain experience that would make you a more interesting candidate. THAT would help keep your application from getting tossed out as would likely happen now.

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