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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