OK. I'm a pre-nursing student attending a local community college in California. To gain hospital experience (and make a little money to pay for the enormous debt I'll be in once I go to nursing school), I enrolled in a C.N.A. program at Nightingale Nursing in San Leandro. I graduated the top of my class, however, I had idiotically scheduled my C.N.A. state board exam, TEAS, and NET test within three weeks of eachother. I then broke out in hives from stress! So I figured that the least important of the three tests was my C.N.A. test (since I'm not in dire need of the C.N.A. immediately) and so I cancelled it and will probably reschedule it for the summer (so I have time to study for it).
I also signed up to be a volunteer in the E.R. at John Muir hospital, which I've been doing for a few months now. However, I ended up quitting my job at an Elementary School in order to pursue a career as a C.N.A. and have no income at the moment (which is starting to prove unfavorable).
I was hoping someone could tell me of an entry-level, no experience (or little experience) needed job at a hospital to gain hospital experience. I'm really not concerned about the amount of money I'd be making since I'm not in a financial crisis or anything, but I'd really like to get myself comfortable in a hospital position.
I applied for a few jobs around here (I'm in the California East Bay Area) like techs, nursing assistant (even though I don't have my certification), secretary, etc. but haven't heard back from any of them--probably due to my lack of experience in the medical field. Quite the catch 22.
Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Feb 19, '09
i, too, am older with a previous degree. after teaching for 22 years, i figured that if a career change was going to happen, i had better get on with it before i need a walker to answer the patient call bells! how in the world does someone make an f in a class??!! you would have to just not show up for lecture or totally skip the tests for that! age really changes one's perspective on study habits. good luck to you on your hospital job hunt.
Last edit by Emptynstr2 on Feb 19, '09
: Reason: delete