I'm looking for some hints for those of you with some hospital experience under your belts. I've been completing prerequisites to apply to BSN / master's-entry nursing programs that begin in the spring and fall. I completed a CNA class this summer and I passed the state certification test, and would like to begin working as a CNA at a hospital for some experience before I begin a nursing degree.
I've applied to Rush Oak Park and they gave me a call to set up an interview. These are my questions, some are Rush specific - some are just general hospital-related questions.
- Since I haven't worked at a hospital, I'm not really clear on what a registry position is. I understand this registry pool is run through the hospital rather than an outside agency, and that I'm to give them my availability and they'll schedule me intermittently as they need me. I've read that most registry positions have no benefits. I'll be quitting a low-pay (minimum wage + ~ $2/hr in tips), albeit insured job. I believe that there's a minimum of 20 hours per pay period (10 hours per week), should I begin by offering a few hours and then increasing them - or is widespread availability a more valuable asset to hospitals?
- Does anyone know approximately what Rush Oak Park registry CNA position pays? (I was guessing around $12/hour, but I don't want to be grossly off - since I'll be quitting a 20-30hr/wk job for significantly fewer hours and no benefits.)
- How much in advance are you scheduled? Can you make changes to your regular availability?
- Do people advance from registry to part-time employment?
- What is the environment like at Rush Oak Park?
- Since I'm a new CNA (clearly stated in my cover letter and application), can I expect any training? Is it appropriate for me to ask about training opportunities? Will I be moving from department to department? If so, are the same CNA duties applicable in one department and another?
- Any hints for someone with no healthcare background in a first time interview?
- Can registry positions be put on hold? I don't anticipate having any difficulty in fulfilling my agreement, but depending on the program I'm accepted to, I might need to put my registry availability on hold for one or two semesters. I realize this might be a Rush Oak Park specific question... but is this something I should broach during the initial interview - or just really strive for the job and then ask questions in 6 months when I have some experience and it's more relevant?
- Are hospital standards for CNAs significantly higher than longterm care facilities? Our course didn't cover a lot of short-term/hospital type patient care, but I do still have the book and can read up on it. Does anyone have any additional tips?
Thanks so much,