Quote from zilla704
I got a call last week for an interview at a major hospital in my area. It's a PRN CNA position in an area I don't want to work in. Their HR is as messed as football bats so to get someone to call you for an interview is a stroke of luck in itself. So my question is, do I bite the bullet and work in an area I don't want to work to get my foot in the door or wait it out and compete with all the other new grads when I graduate? The unit is their rehab hospital. Mostly TBI and stroke rehabs. I don't want to be a snot about it, I just know rehab/ltc is not for me. Any advice?
It depends on how you want to look at it. You'll be getting paid and you'll be learning and implementing many of the skills you get through nursing school
. It'll get your foot in the door like you said and it may just give you a new-found appreciation for this area of nursing. If you spend some time in the hospital and truly do not like it, it will be easier to transfer to a different department as an insider rather than trying to get in from the outside.
On the other hand, if you truly have reservations about this department and it will honestly affect your care to the clients, than do yourself and them a favor and don't take the position.
Personally, I work as a nurse intern (pretty much a CNA... it's just the title I work under for the hospital) in med-surg. I KNOW I don't want to do Med-Surg after I graduate, but being on the floor is giving me a great learning experience, so it's well worth it for me.