Published Dec 31, 2004
I was just wondering if anyone else is applying for a CNA positions while going to school. I have my first CNA interview on Monday and I'm a little nervous. Does anyone have any interviewings tips that they can pass on to me. This is my first healthcare position prior to this I was an administrative assistant. The school that I'm attending requires that we get our CNA certificate in order to apply to the ADN program. So since I have it I thought it would be a good idea to use it and gain some valuable experience prior to starting nursing school. Any advise you may have for me would be greatly appreciated.:uhoh21:
I don't know how to post links on here, but there is a thread on the General Nursing Student Discussion board that talks about this very subject. It's called "Can we make this a sticky Interview Questions". Good luck!
If at all possible I would not go to a nursing home. In most you will have trouble with the coworkers!!! I did this and it was not a good experience for me. Where do you have an interview?
I have working as a Monitor Tech, I really love it. Several hospitals require that you also be a CNA but where I work it is not a requirement. Being a CNA will give you a good jump start to finding out about patient care. You will have great rewards in this and it will also help you determine if you really want to take care of human beings. I personally feel that all nursing student's should be a CNA prior to becoming a nurse. We have RN student's where I work and you can really tell the one's who have never laid a hand on a patient, and there are some that drop because they had no idea how hard it is. Becoming a CNA will help you determine if becoming a nurse is really for you.
stephera - my interview is with a medical group that is affiliated with mercy hospital. i know what you mean about nursing homes. when i did my clinical's i seen a lot of fighting between staff members too. i not interested in getting into the middle of that either.
if at all possible i would not go to a nursing home. in most you will have trouble with the coworkers!!! i did this and it was not a good experience for me. where do you have an interview?
Thanks for your advise and your support.
manna, BSN, RN
I think working as a CNA is a great idea! Wish I could've done that while doing my pre-reqs! :)
luv your nurse, RN
Did you say Mercy Hospital? Scripps?
That's where i work anyhow, and i think that the major influence in my interview going well was me stating that i will be in nursing school, and getting all that info on patient care. I also mentioned that the patient is the most important thing, that i was eager to learn etc.
Youll do great
let us know how it went
Actually it's Dryer Medical Group, the interview went well I have a second interview at the end of this week. Thanks for the advice.
Did you say Mercy Hospital? Scripps?That's where i work anyhow, and i think that the major influence in my interview going well was me stating that i will be in nursing school, and getting all that info on patient care. I also mentioned that the patient is the most important thing, that i was eager to learn etc.Youll do greatlet us know how it went
I have been a CNA for 7 years, a Med Tech for 3 years, this is all in the same LTC facility. It has been the best Health Care experience for me, it was also very much a deciding factor into going into the nursing field. Yes in some places the employees are hard to get along with, but then again you get that in any place of employment. I agree with a previous post that I read that you can truly tell the nurses that have been CNA before becoming nurses, they care about the CNA, they understand, some of them even get their hands dirty and actually help the CNA's when they are short staffed! Believe me you will run into the short staffing issue no matter where you go, but if you are considering a nursing career I believe they should definitely change the cirriculum at all colleges and make a CNA class part of the requirement. That is definitely a make it or break it line of work.
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