Hi im a junior in highschool but im taking the jumpstart program which is basically bypassing the harder classes and i can go straight to a technical college after school, this year im taking adv nutrition, psychology, EMR, Allied health 2 and senior year idk if i should take CNA course or the EMT course. So my question is which ever course i choose ill have my certification when i graduate , so i plan on going to community college i want to take the asn/adn program but i know lots of nursing jobs prefer bsn but if i have experience in either cna or emt whichever i pick will it help my chances of getting a job with and asn.
Nov 10, '17
No really. It will get you a job as that particular role while going to school for your RN. If the facility hires 2 year program RNs then when you graduate and pass your NCLEX you will know people and if your facilyfinds you a good fit the. They would hire you. If they only hire 4 year degree RNs and/or 2 year with experience then you would have to go elsewhere. There are still many places that hire associate level nurses into acute care. It just depends on the market. LTC would be even easier (at least where I live- but we have over 20 hospitals within a 1 hour distance of my home and a LTC practically on every corner. One interestion and literally6 LTC within view. Even with the hike in insurance premiums since 2004 it's still God's waiting room). Most hospitals offer tuition reimbursement and a 4 year can be accomplished online. Some are asking that you sign a paper on when you will start a BSN program and when you have to finish and HR will track your progress, but their paying for it which helps.
I think it's great that you are this focused at such a young age. Please also remember to be a kid too. You're only young once and working in healthcare will make you grow up really fast. I'm not saying that it's a bad thing.I started working as a nurse right after my 20th birthday and I'm glad I chose that route. I do look back and notice that I grew up a lot faster than my peers and saw a lot of things as a teen that I may not have been ready for. Seeing a (really bad) code at 18 was a lot to take in. It makes you realize how precious life is and how things can change in an instant with one bad decision (the patient's, not a nursing error). It makes us realize our own mortality. I know it may sound a bit morbid but it was a lot easier to handle in my mid/late 20s than late teen/early 20s. I think that was just part of my brain reaching full maturity and not everyday exposure to it. Don't get me wrong, most patients live and have positive outcomes, but the ones that don't and still had so much to live for can leave you with many questions about life that you just don't know the answers to.