I've been doing home health work for about five months now, however, they haven't been able to keep me above twenty hours a week most of the time (when I signed on for full time)--and I'm working 7 days a week! The intimate atmosphere and autonomous work place is great in some respects, but the erratic hours and low over all pay just isn't cutting it.
Plus, so much of what I'm doing (with some exceptions) is glorified house cleaning. I want patient experience that will help prepare me for nursing school and then working as an RN. I'm in my mid-twenties with a BA in English and am taking pre-recs at a CC so I can enter an accelerated BSN program sometime in the future. Thus, moving out of home health would be good for my professional growth in that area as well.
I have some questions if you good people would be gracious enough to lend me your experience.
What is the best way to go about getting a STNA job at a nursing home in Ohio? I'm in Columbus, if that narrows it down.
I know there are lots of companies that offer the training and "claim" that they hook you up with jobs at the end. Is this true or just marketing?
I know I could get the class through CSCC but without the guaranteed job help. Are there advantages of going through the community college as opposed to a company?
Should you approach a LTC facility before or after you start your class? I hear some nursing programs have their STNA classes in house that they want their people to go through. Is that true?
Is it true that a nursing home has to reimburse you for your STNA training?
I'm a hard worker with an education with eight years of mostly uninterrupted work experience with great references and willing to work any shift. I just want to get my career off the ground in the best way possible. Nursing school isn't going to hand me a job on a silver platter (neither will a STNA class) so I have to be working to get experience and professionalize NOW if I want to make this happen for me.
Thank you for your advice, and I'll look out via PM in case someone has something they want to pass on privately.
Thank you again. You're all so very helpful on here.