Does already working at a hospital help when getting hired?

  1. if you already hold a position where RNs are needed, does it help? I'm trying to get my CNA license and let some time pass so i can do a academic fresh start and pursue my BSN. i currently work at a hospital but as dietary aide
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  3. by   joyfullpn
    From my experience HR always consider internal candidates first. Often jobs are posted externally a few weeks after they are posted internally.
  4. by   MrChicagoRN
    Yes. It gives you an edge
  5. by   RNperdiem
    It depends on the hospital. After 4 years as a CNA, all I got was a shrug and "we don't have the facilities to train new grads, we only hire experienced nurses". It was true too, new nurses were never hired while I worked there.
    On the positive side, CNA did give me flexible work as a student job.
  6. by   nurseprnRN
    Also, CNA or dietary aide work will not count as "hospital experience" when you are applying for RN jobs.
  7. by   mee9mee9
    why is that ?
  8. by   ThePrincessBride
    A resounding YES. I actually know of several PCAs that got a job within a month or two of graduating, and they had been in the system for over two years.
  9. by   nurseprnRN
    Quote from mee9mee9
    why is that ?
    That is because when they are hiring RNs for RN work they want to know how much RN experience they have at the job they will be doing.
  10. by   sungrl01
    Didn't help me or other people who worked as techs at hospital. I worked 6 years at facility as a Unit Secretary..loved the unit, always had good job evaluations..devoted to my job only to get turned down at my hospital after graduation. I watched other classmates with NO work experience take the few jobs offered at hospital while I was shown the door after 6 years! HR told me to come back when I get experience..so in my case and others NO working there sure didn't help out.

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