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- Jan 30, '12 by motivatedmommyThanks for your advice. I have less than a year volunteer experience at the children's hospital, so I will try to tie that in somehow. Do you think home health would give me some kind of leverage? Most hospitals I see are looking for 1 year experience in an acute setting. And I'm possibly seeking to venture off into the pct route. Do you find that pct is more competive than cna? One thing for sure is that I certainly see a lot more postings for pct within the hospital setting.
- Quote from motivatedmommyPCT is the same thing as a CNA basically, other than they can do a few extra things in the hospital environment. I have my CNA license but now I'm a PCT and I didn't even have to do the course. Many job postings for PCT have under qualifications," must hold CNA or nurse assistant license, or completed PCT course". I refused to spend the money for a PCT course when it is not even guaranteed that you will get a PCT job in a hospital. At least, CNA license carries you practically anywhere. That "1 year of experience in an acute setting" made me annoyed too. But I found that the sitting experience in the hospital helped(but that was for only 1 month, so...) I think any experience is better than no experience, but I would rather do nursing home than home health because having nursing home experience shows that you can multitask and prioritze with 8-10 people, which is what you will have if not more at the hospital. Home health is OK, I never did it due to a lack of assignments.Thanks for your advice. I have less than a year volunteer experience at the children's hospital, so I will try to tie that in somehow. Do you think home health would give me some kind of leverage? Most hospitals I see are looking for 1 year experience in an acute setting. And I'm possibly seeking to venture off into the pct route. Do you find that pct is more competive than cna? One thing for sure is that I certainly see a lot more postings for pct within the hospital setting.
PCT in the hopsitals is more competitive than CNA because hospital work is supposedly easier than nursing home work and pays better than any other kind of CNA work. I got my PCT job by just randomly calling one of the general med-surg floors at a hospital and speaking to the nursing manager. I told her why I wanted to work there and she refferred me to the nursing recruiter. The recruiter called me days later and I got an interview with her, then the nursing manager, and then shadowed the floor for 2 hours and got a panel interview with some of the staff. So it's a drawn out process but only to see if you fit.
- Just got off of the phone with the nursing department. So, yes, where they do their clinicals vary every year. They have even done them at Northside in Atlanta, so for right now, it might be beneficial not to move to Carrollton just yet. Also, you can register for nursing classes without the CNA license, however, you MUST have the license by the time classes start. This is such a relief for me, I didn't want to overwhelm myself with CNA school and college at the same time. Although, I haven't been able to find a CNA school that doesn't overlap with my current school schedule though
- Thanks FrysGIRL for calling! There are CNA schools that have evening classes as well as weekend classes, but they are probably closer to ATL however. Further out is where they have more limited options.
You might to look at Craigslist and see what schools are advertising. That's what I did. I made sure they were accreditated with GA Health Partnership first though! Because they have to be accreditated(meaning they have an active license, not expired or pending) for you to sit for the exam.
- I used UWG's CNA provider's list and I've called at least 10 in the local area and some in Atlanta, but it seems like they are all the same schedule, it's almost uncanny. They all either start early April, so it'll interfere with the study time I'll need for the finals. Or they all start in mid-May, which is too late for completion by the time UWG's classes start on June 1st. If I can find one that starts early May, then I will be happy.
- well do the early april cna classes have evening or weekend options. I remember when I had a full course schedule and was taking cna classes M-Th during the days. So, it is possible.
How about this school? Covenant CNA School. They are in Atlanta. Home Page
I hope the link works, but I was actually going to try them but I ended up finding something cheaper and a little bit closer to me. But the link I posted should be the course schedule and they have evening classes it appears.
- I called some more CNA schools and they stated that the State Exam is usually done 2-3 weeks after school. Looks like I definitely have to take CNA school during college in order to make it on time. Probably the best choice anyways. If I wait until the last minute, something can happen and potentially ruin my chances of enrolling in nursing classes. I go to school at night and on the weekends so I'll have to take day classes. I'm also taking Pathophysiology at Clayton State and I HAVE to get an A to be competitive for their program. Thanks for the advice, I'm just going to have to push through it and have a few sleepless weeks
- Oh, I have to take Patho at Clayton this summer if I get into their program. So you're applying to Clayton too? I hope they offer the class online so I don't have to drive a hour there.
Good luck with your CNA class.
- They have three professors teaching there, but none of them are online. It takes me an hour to drive there from where I'm at but fortunately it's only once a week.Last edit by FrysGIRL on Jan 30, '12 : Reason: spelling
- Feb 3, '12 by southerngrl412I have applied for nursing at west ga for summer 2012. Does anyone know if they do interviews at west ga?