I graduated from Michigan State U with my bachelor's in human biology in 2012 and will be starting a 12 month BSN program at a MI public university next spring. My plan was to obtain my CNA license and gain experience while paying down debt until I start.
The problem is that after applying to local hospitals and a few LTC's, I have not even gotten a single interview. The furthest I have gotten is having my references cleared and passed on to a few hiring managers at a local hospital. I have worked for almost 3 months as a resident aide in the dementia unit of a dilapidated assisted living facility. I love the residents and my coworkers are decent but getting $8/hr with the licensure I hold and educational background is demoralizing.
My long term goal is to use my CNA experience to land an RN job after finishing my BSN and be the BEST grad nurse I can be, ultimately landing in the hospital.
Right now I do not know where to turn. Should I redouble my efforts in the job search, apply to volunteer in the hospitals I would like to ultimately work, both or something else I haven't even considered yet?
Aug 26, '13
CNA's are low paid even in hospitals some start at around $10/hr to only $15 max and most don't care that you have a degree. There is more than just nursing out there you could go for an ultrasound tech and make just as much under much better working conditions, a biology degree would be a perfect in for that program as more are requiring a BA/BS to weed people out. Also medical coder is another quick technical program although it doesn't make as much. There are various tech programs that pay better than a CNA such as OR tech or nuclear med tech. You could go for a physical therapy assistant or phlebotomist or respiratory therapist. Also PA school is another possibility or direct entry MSN NP. Anyway there is more out there than just to become an RN. Right now there is a glut of RN's in many places and it is difficult to get a job, not the shortage that is proclaimed everywhere.
Last edit by brandy1017 on Aug 26, '13