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by BSMCON_FutureRN88 BSMCON_FutureRN88 (New Member) New Member

BSMCON_FutureRN88 works as a Elementary Teacher.

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Hi All,

I received notification a couple of weeks ago that I was accepted into Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing! Woo hoo!! I am a career switcher, and I am currently finishing up my eighth and last year as an elementary teacher.

I have experience working as a Unit Secretary for Bon Secours, so I’m hoping to obtain a Unit Secretary or Patient Care Associate job with Bon Secours as I start nursing school. I have received pretty fast automated responses to saying my applications to these positions will not be moving forward. Due to policy, they’re unable to tell applicants why their applications will not be moving forward.

Does anyone have any advice for a new nursing student like me? I know that Bon Secours is a great organization to work for and that’s why I’m so psyched to have gotten into their nursing school! Any advice is a appreciated! 🙂 

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Congrats on the acceptance. School will be challenging and fun. As for finding a job while in school, the unit coordinator role might hold a little weight if you apply as an RN in that specific hospital, but anywhere else they would way rather see CNA experience. And that can be hard to get. If you already have your CNA license and get a unit coordinator job though it would probably be easy to get them to cross-train you for PCA.

It can be discouraging for sure. I had 8 years CNA experience and when I moved for nursing school it still took at least 40 applications before I got a PCA job. It's just luck sometimes whether you get picked out of the stack or not. 

Have fun. I had 2 teachers in my ABSN class and they did great. 

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BSMCON_FutureRN88 works as a Elementary Teacher.

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Hi @wildnursebrendan

Thanks so much for your reply! I’m not sure what a unit coordinator is, I do have unit secretary experience. I’m not sure if that’s the same as unit coordinator. I am coming from teaching to nursing school, so I do not have my CNA license. I will not be eligible for CNA certification until I finish my first semester of school. A Patient Care Associate position is a step below a CNA, which is referred to as a Patient Care Tech. I am not eligible yet to be a CNA/ PCT, so I am looking for PCA positions.

Thank you for the encouragement; I will continue applying 🙂

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Secretary and coordinator are the same thing, and a "PCA" basically means CNA, at most hospitals it's the exact same responsibilities like EKGs, blood sugars, vitals, all that. They have to have a CNA license or be done with a semester of clinicals usually. Anyways good luck and network at clinicals. A bunch of people with no experience got CNA/PCA jobs on floors we rotated through, while I was struggling to get interviews with a kickass resume. Be bold and ask for a job. Good luck!

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