Wanting to Obtain CNA certification - page 2

Hello. My name is Melanie and I live in Old Fort, TN. I am currently considering getting my CNA certification. I would like to do this before going back to school to obtain my RN. I would like to... Read More

  1. by   Nichole1
    Oh I'm sorry to hear that. But if this is what you want to do KEEP AT IT!!! I say this because it took 3 times before I got into the class. 1st time was because I was told about it 2 days after that Monday. 2nd time because the lady at the front desk neglected to tell me that the application time was only from 9am-11am. By there being only 14 spots by the 3rd time I was getting discouraged...but when I finally got ALL the correct dates and info I applied and was accepted. By the way what's WIA? Let me know about the class with phlebotomy! There's also going to be an additional 75 class hours that you can take (once you're certified) that will allow you to pass meds as a CNA! That program is not in place yet but is coming. A bill was passed to allow it.
  2. by   Nichole1
    BTW--can you do PM's yet? 15 seems sooo far away!
  3. by   acubed
    nichole i sent you a pm
  4. by   dee78
    I'm having a hard time getting hired here in Chattanooga. I got my CNA back in March, then moved here in May. I began applying for jobs in April and have only had 2 interviews. I've applied at Erlanger, Memorial, and Parkridge for 6 months and nada. There are so many job postings but I've only received a few calls from my applications. Childcare is an issue for me, I can only work daytime hours right now.

    Do you know if NHC hires CNAs that don't go through their program?
  5. by   Nichole1
    Hey acubed...I can read the pm but can't reply. Exactly how did you get to do the pm's? Was it just replying to 15 msgs?
  6. by   tnbutterfly
    Quote from Nichole1
    Hey acubed...I can read the pm but can't reply. Exactly how did you get to do the pm's? Was it just replying to 15 msgs?
    You will be able to respond to pm's once you have made 15 posts. You may send a private message to a member by clicking the 'Send New Message' link in the private messaging section of your user control panel, or by clicking the 'Send a Private Message' icon that appears in a member's posts when you click on their username.
  7. by   Nichole1
    dee78...NHC does hire from outside but they don't usually have to. Also like I was saying before when people get hired there they stay for years so NHC doesn't have many openings. EXAMPLE--my class in Oct., 2 out of 14 got offered a position. Try Standifer Place and the Life Care facilities. There is an opening on the Chattanooga has jobs website, it's for weekends (private sitting position I think) and some PRN as well. Let me know if you find it. I"ve seen the postings for Memorial too have they called you?
  8. by   Nichole1
    Thank you!! I love your quote!
  9. by   dee78
    Not since April. I started applying in April, anticipating my move to Chattanooga. I got a call regarding one position, she said that she couldn't hold it for me and to check back. I haven't gotten a single call from Memorial since then. I had an interview at Erlanger back in July but they could only offer me the PRN position and I need stablity, though at this point I might consider PRN.
  10. by   Nichole1
    Sometimes when they offer you PRN it ends up being more like a full time position. But like you said if you're looking for stability then that may not work for you. Did you look up that position on the CHJ website?
  11. by   dee78
    I check that site every so often, I am looking into a few of the postings...thanks.
  12. by   10ACGIRL
    Quote from beth66335
    I realize this a late reply to this message I don't know if anyone PM'd you already about this,but I will answer anyway. I worked at Parkwest for 4 years and although they do let CNAs work in L&D, the jobs don't come available often. It is a fun job (most of the time) and the CNAs don't leave it unless they move away or something drastic like that. I don't know about other hospitals in Knoxville. I would recommend the American Red Cross for your CNA course. It is very thorough and I got hired before I finished the class. The school told me I probably would, because a lot of their students get hired as soon as they make it known that they are taking the course from the Red Cross. Good luck to you!
    The Red Cross is where I took my CNA course! I took it in Brandon,Florida in 2002 but ittook me 3 times b4 I got it won!

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