PCTs, Can I see your resume? - page 2

I'm a CNA in a subacute rehab unit that's attached to a LTC facility, I've been there for about 6 months. I'm trying to get to a hospital as PCT to broaden my scope and also because I'd like to work 12s to make my school schedule... Read More

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    Just wanted to comment so I can find this thread later... I am applying for CNA jobs, but I have not experience yet. I need to work as close to full time as possible while attending school, so 12 hour shifts sound great to me, but I know I may not get hired at a hospital without experience! Thanks for the tips on how to follow up on an online application - those things just seem so impersonal!

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    My resume:
    various high-school type jobs, nothing medical related
    4 years active duty Marine infantryman; no medical training other than basic first aid stuff
    I paid for a CNA class myself(~$400 and 6 weeks long)
    I also took a phlebotomy (~$65 and two days long)

    Then I applied for a job at a hospital(medsurg unit at a level 1 teaching hospital; about 400 beds) and got it.

    Some thoughts:
    Managers - Find out a way to contact the NMs on the floors you're interested in. Send them a copy of your resume and cover letter directly. Forget HR, at my hospital it's just a bunch of red tape for applicants and even employees. Even if there's no jobs posted, get the managers familiar with your name. They're the ones doing the hiring. Try to target the medsurg units as they tend to hire people with no experience. The ICU/ED/Surg etc usually require their techs to have hospital experience.

    Volunteer - the volunteers we have do a lot of stuff for not getting paid. They pass out trays, get ice and water, transport pts for procedures, stock supplies, even help clean up pts. People get to know them and it provides a gateway to getting a job.

    Students - At my hospital at least, they look for students to hire as techs. I don't know the official policy but it seems that the student techs are much more motivated than the "career" techs. Remember once you're hired as a tech, you're constantly building your resume to get hired on as an RN at that facility.

    Sitting - Some patients require constant monitoring. So "sitters" just sit with the pt and make sure they don't pull out IVs, feeding tubes, get out of bed etc etc. It's a good way to get your face and name out there although not as well as volunteering since you're stuck in one room all shift but you're getting paid.
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    where did you take a phlebotomy class for 2 days at? i would like to take a refresher but i can't find a class that isn't 4-5 months long. thanks
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    Quote from doink
    You need more experience. Employers especially hospitals don't like to hire anyone that barely stay at on job for 6 months. It cost $$ to train and orient a new person. Need at least 1 yr at your workplace before job hunting.

    My resume?

    5 yrs as medic in military, 2 yrs as ER tech.

    Hospitals love people with job stability.
    This is true. However, I think it also has a lot to do with the ecomomy and the plethora of job applicants who probably have more experience.

    I searched for a few months for a PCT position within the hospital I work for, in addition to those in the area I live. I went on a couple of interviews and have been with my organization for almost 5 years. I am a CNA trying to gain experience (my employer paid for the course). A departmental transfer should be fairly easy, right? Not so much....
    My current 5+ years experience with direct pt. contact and service, a BA in another field was not enough, plus a stellar recommendation from my current manager. I was told by HR, "I interviewed very well. Unfortunately, I wasn't a good fit for that department." I only can chuck those experiences up to specialty departments looking for more experience and they have plenty of applicants to choose from. So, as I start nursing school my focus will be on externships. Stinks, because I really hoped to gain that foot in the door as a PCT and grow with the department.

    Anyway, enough rambling . Keep working and searching. If you are planning to attend nursing school, clinical experience on top of your LTC exp., must be helpful down the line. Patience is the key to accept over frustration or urgency (took me awhile to grasp that one). Gluck!
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    Quote from lillymom

    where did you take a phlebotomy class for 2 days at? i would like to take a refresher but i can't find a class that isn't 4-5 months long. thanks
    at austin community college. they have a two day crash course in phlebotomy designed for techs who need to draw labs. it covered basic anatomy, types of labs, colors/meanings of tubes, documenting etc. also, in order to pass the class you must have at least two or three successful sticks on your classmates. and yes, everyone has to get their blood drawn. :d

    it's the very same class that my hospital puts new techs through. i just took it on my own to stand out to employers.
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    Thanks for the response. I have done phlebotomy with my medical assisting program but haven't practiced it in about four years so I am rusty. I think I will call the hospital and see if they have anything like that around here.

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