Hello, I live in Edmonton and am having a hard time deciding a few things. I recently learned about UNE positions and would like some feedback from those who are (or were) undergrad nursing employees.
- How competitive is it to get hired as a UNE?
- Do employers take into consideration past work experience during the hiring process, whether it is health-related or not? What types of things are they looking for concerning work history?
- I read on the Alberta Health Services website that a minimum of 450 clinical hours is required to work in a variety of healthcare settings but only a minimum 100 clinical hours to work in continuing care facilities as nursing attendants/psychiatric aides (but that "pre-service curriculum may be required"). Has anyone worked as a nursing attendant/psychiatric aide under these circumstances? What curriculum did you have to take?
I'm asking these questions because I don't know if I should go ahead with a health care aide program this fall or just try for the UNE route once I get into a nursing program. I'm having doubts because the HCA program costs a few thousand dollars and I'm unsure about the hours I'm willing to work as a HCA when I do eventually get into a nursing program.
Thanks in advance.