I am currently a pre-nursing student, but I would like to work as a sitter while I am in my program. Ideally, I would like to work as a tech, but I don't have the money for training. I am thinking that I don't need to be trained as a sitter (other than the obligatory orientation process). Does anyone have any suggestions on how to put my best foot forward while applying for a sitter's position? What, for example, should I stress? Customer service skills? I am coming from a secretarial background, so I need some pointers on what skill sets need to be emphasized for a hospital/sitters position.
Also - what's the hourly rate for sitters? Although I would like to get my feet in the door, I need a liveable wage.
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here's another thought, i work as a cna at a hospital and they also hire nurse techs after they complete their first semester of the nursing program
. you also can test for the cna in most states after you complete intro to healthcare.
check out you tube they have videos for all the cna skills from making a bed to giving a bath. it will give you a distinct advantage in clinicials and help you be confident in interviews for tech and cna positions
whichever route you take make sure you list your pre-req classes on every application. as soon as i passed my cna test i applied at a home health agency and made $10 an hour and two months later i was hired by the hospital for $12. and this is a right to work state that isn't noted for high salaries but decent jobs are out there.
i like this strategy. i'm stealing it.
now i have myself in an excellent position of moving right in to an rn position when i finally finish the program..............somedays it feels like forever. but i am blessed to have a good job that i enjoy while i'm in school.
you see, that's the kind of strategy that i'm hoping for. finish the program then whamo: instant job.
i'm right on the cusp of being accepted into my nursing school program - and it seems like an eternity since i got the bright idea to become a nurse. it's going to be different leaving out the house in scrubs and crocs instead of in heels and a business suit.
thanks for these tips.
can you, or anyone, tell me - are cnas and nurse techs different roles? how are they different? even though i read these boards faithfully, i'm still not clear on how the roles differ. and is it true that a person can possibly "come off the street" and get a tech job, or must i be licensed first?
i was looking at my resume when i was applying for the sitters job and was thinking, gee, no one's going to hire me.
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