Hello, I am a sophomore psychology major looking to apply to an accelerated nursing program
after college. I am interested in Peds Hem/Onc, ER, Med/Surg (anything in peds). I am looking to take either a CNA course or EMT course this summer. My dilemma is that if I take the CNA course it won't finish until June, and I have to return to school (4 hours away) at the end of August. I would ideally like to get a job at the local children's hospital, which will hire "patient care assistants" without a CNA license (license/enrollment is preferred, not required) or get the job after I get my CNA. I REALLY would not like to work in a nursing home. I don't want to take the class and then not get hired. If I took the EMT course, I wouldn't have the inpatient nursing experience, but I would have more "medical" experience. I wouldn't get a job with it this summer, but I would do the observation ride alongs. Once at school I could possibly get a CNA job or a volunteer EMT position, so both options sound good, but I'm not sure which would be more worth my while. I don't want to spend $800-$1000 on a course that isn't right for me. Any CNA's know what the hiring market is like, for adult and/or children's hospitals? What was more helpful in nursing school, EMT or CNA? Input is much appreciated!!!