So after 6 years in accounting I KNOW I want to become a nurse. I recently applied for Galen College and I am awaiting my test results. I would love to be able to work as a CNA or something like that after I get some clinicals under my belt, but financially that is not an option for me. I recently applied for a CAREgiver position with Home Instead Senior Care. It attracted me because they are willing to train and the hours are really flexible so I could just do a few hours on the weekend. Does anyone have any experience with this, and do you think it would be a good idea to get this experience??? Thanks!!
Oct 5, '09
Sorry to chime in a little late on your post. I work for Home Instead Senior Care in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. So far I like it. There's no gaurantee for hours, though, and I was told at my office that they already had an abundance of weekend CAREGivers. I was unable to get a position working just weekends. I'm getting ready to start LPN school in December, so I am going to work for Home Instead in the mornings and then take classes at night. They are pretty flexible, but it really depends on client needs.
Any specific questions I can answer for you? Feel free to ask.
Oct 5, '09
Oh I also forgot to mention that you don't really get a lot of "medical" experience working for them. It's mostly light housekeeping, meal preparation, companionship, etc. I am a State Tested Nurse Aide and really don't utilize most of the skills I learned. For example, we are not allowed to take Vital Signs as a CAREGiver, even though I learned how to do it in Nurse Aide class. However, it is a rewarding job and a great way to start getting comfortable working with clients, especially seniors. I'm not sure how much preparation it will give you for Nursing school
, but at least you will have some experience to put on your resume. If you need anything else, just ask!