Hello! A little background: I was recently accepted to a nursing program for people who already have degrees in other fields. I currently work as a medical transcriptionist for a big healthcare system in the area. Obviously there is no patient contact involved, but I also have been here for 5 years and have a good relationship with my supervisor and knowledge of the EMR and am familiar with our hospital, etc.
I'm still a couple of years out from my job search, but I've been contemplating if it would be worth my while to leave my job at the hospital to get some hours in an actual patient care setting after getting my CNA. It would probably be a dock in pay, which is not a huge deal, but I would also be leaving a health system/several hospitals I would ultimately love to work at. I'm wondering if leaving transcription or staying in transcription will make it harder or easier to find a nursing job down the road. I hear so many different things...its patient care experience, its who you know, etc. I would hate to leave the hospital if being a hospital employee would make me a stronger candidate (obviously I would be a cheaper candidate since I wouldn't need to be hired again). Would working as a HUC make me a stronger candidate?
I'd just love to hear some thoughts on the subject.