Hi, I'm currently working as a Phlebotomist. Ive only been working 9 months but I am considering quitting and working as a CNA. Reason being is that I recently moved and my commute is now 1.5 -2 hrs each way. My employer says I can only transfer to another site (I work at a lab) closer to my home only IF I get called in for an interview and they select me. It took almost 3 months for me to get this current position from the time I applied. I really don't want to spend another 3 hrs commuting. I am also concerned that not having CNA experience could hinder my job prospects amongst other new grads. So I am considering applying to a staffing agency to get CNA work as quickly as possible. I say quickly b/c I currently have 8 different jobs applications that I've put in for different phlebotomy positions near my home.
For job history, leaving a job under a year doesn't look great. This is also my first job in the medical field. I know in most job applications they ask why you left your last job and I'm hoping that employers will see the reason listed (relocation) and be more understanding. Anyone have any insight on whether it is better to just stick it out and wait to get a part-time/per diem phlebotomy job near my home or look for a CNA job?
I hate long commutes and I left a position about a year ago because I would spend so much time on the road and stuck in traffic. CNA positions are great, but I've found that at some facilities, experience doesn't go beyond feeding, cleaning and vitals. That experience is great, but may not be as diverse as some people may want. I would personally try to get into a hospital as an ER Tech. In this position, you would probably still be able to use your phlebotomy skills, depending on what they let their CNAs do. I am an ER Tech that has all the normal responsibilities of a CNA, but I also get to start IVs, draw blood and do catheters. I feel like I'm going to be very prepared as I progress in nursing school. Hope this helps you a little!