HELP! Failed nursing school after 1 yr, but still want to work as nurse technician

  1. Hi there,

    Well I had only 2 semesters left of nursing school, and I did not make it. I then challenged the CNA exam, and passed, just so that I have a certificate.

    I want to apply to this hospital for a nurse technician, as I am eligible. However, I am afraid that they might ask for reference from my nursing instructors. I know for a fact that, an instructor offered me to help me with a letter of recommendation, despite my failure (med surge 2 clinical course). However, in the end when I was applying for jobs, I found out that she did not want to write a letter, instead just confirm I had attended the school.

    I guess I should just apply anyway? Just do not write down my instructors' names on the application? I really did not have a good student-instructor relationship with any of them. Don't get me wrong, I was student of strong work ethic, and had no personal issues with them. TI was just not favored I guess, because I wasn't learning as quickly as my classmates.

    Thank you.
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  3. by   x_factor
    I would apply and just not use your instructors as a reference. However, if you put on your resume or application that you were in schoool as a student, and that's where you were CNA certified and gained skills from, they may request that an instructor be used as a reference.

    I was in school for my LPN and transferred out to another school to finish pre-reqs for my RN. I became CNA certified and I applied for a CNA position at a hospital. During the interview when we discussed that I was a student pursuing nursing, they asked for a reference from an instructor, and the instructor I used as a reference has been wonderful. I also signed up to volunteer at a health care agency, and since I was a nursing student previously and in school persuing nursing, they also requested a reference from my instructor, which she was happy to give. A good relationship with at least one instructor can be invaluable, especially as a student, since jobs may request a reference from them for employment.

    In your case, as I said, it'd probably just be best to leave their names off and not use them as a reference, since they'd have to be willing to give you a reference (and a positive one at that).
  4. by   panjia
    Hi x_factor,

    When you became a CNA, was your first job at a nursing home?

    Thank you for your advice! You were very helpful!
  5. by   caliotter3
    When I looked for CNA work, I found that I did not need any recommendations from nursing school. Leave that aspect of your record alone unless you are interviewing and feel you should point out nursing school clinical experience.
  6. by   x_factor
    Quote from panjia
    Hi x_factor,

    When you became a CNA, was your first job at a nursing home?

    Thank you for your advice! You were very helpful!

    I just got my first CNA job, I didn't work during my time in LPN school. I just transferred out after this past spring semester, and I start my RN pre-reqs in 2 weeks at my new school. I never worked in the healthcare field before, and had no CNA work experience at all. On my application and resume, under skills and qualifications, I just listed all of the CNA skills I learned in LPN school, experiences I learned in clinical rotations, and listed under education that I had did a year of LPN school and was pursuing my RN degree.

    The job I applied for was a MedSurg unit at a large hospital. The application said 1 year acute care experience required but I applied anyways. I landed an interview, they seemed to love the fact that I was a CNA who was in school pursuing nursing, despite the fact that I had no CNA work experience.

    Since I had no CNA related work or healthcare experience outside of school, during my first interview, they requested one of my references be from a former instructor, instead of a co-worker. Someone who could reference my healthcare related skills. During the final follow-up interview, I was offered the job on the spot and accepted it.
  7. by   LifesAJourney
    I think it depends on the requirements listed for the nurse tech position. Where I am at, the requirements are current enrollment in a nursing program and a 3.0 or better in the nursing courses. In addition, they wanted a copy of our grades, instructor reference, and that general application form or else HR would not forward the application. Since you have your cna, you can still get a job as a cna and then after you complete your next semester, apply for a NT position. Good luck and don't give up