Hey so Im at a bit of a crossroads and need some advice. I'm pursuing my 2nd bachelors in nursing and am looking at getting into the medical field in the meantime while I take all the prereqs. I was wondering if anyone had advice on whether it would be more worth while to get a CNA or EMT basic since they are both basically 1 semester courses. I do have 70+ hrs volunteering at an emergency room if that makes any difference as far as clinic hrs go.
Mar 5, '13
I agree with the response that said
EMT if you plan on pursuing an ER nurse / flight nurse career
CNA if you plan on anything else.
I was hired as a CNA in my local hospital, I can work in the ER or on the units.
I am now in my second semester (ADN) of nursing school, and the CNA experience has paid off in dividends.
I have a complete head start on the fundamentals of nursing, and med surg nursing.
I can prioritize between patients that have simple needs, and patients that have IMMEDIATE NEEDS
I can walk into a patients room and assess safety like it is second nature. I do not have a problem communicating with a patient I have just met. I get to see the RN's at work do their skills, and now I have a foot in the door at my local hospital.
I have only worked as per diem and have picked all of these things up, if I worked more, the knowledge base would be even greater.
EMT may or may not (depending on who you ask) get you a foot in the door on a medsurg unit, however the EMT cert may get you a job in the ER.- Would the newly graduated RN with an EMT background be hired in the ER before the RN with CNA experience at that same instittution? Maybe, maybe not. If the CNA has been floated to the ER, then they probably will be preferred.
(this is under the assumption that as a CNA you can work in the ER, and EMT's are not hired in the ER - as is the case at my facility, a level 2 trauma center)
I have known MULTIPLE EMT's that have failed because they are blindsided by their first semester of nursing school. I don't think I've met any CNA's that have suffered a similar fate. Maybe it's because the RN's always tell them how difficult it is? YMMV.
Last edit by blackvans1234 on Mar 5, '13