Which floor should I work on?

  1. I finally finished my cna class and am officially certified to start working at a hospital! I am really interested in emergency or flight nursing but many of the cna jobs are in rehabilitation or resource nursing with a few openings in or. I want to gain as much knowledge as I can to get some real insight on what I'd really be getting into if I did decide to go into this field of nursing. There are many cna positions open but you get "pooled" where you try out each floor and then the nurses pick who they want to work with, so there's no guarantee that I'll get the floor that I want. Does it make a difference which floor I work on to do this or should I wait until a emergency related position opens up?

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    Joined: Sep '02; Posts: 338; Likes: 39
    CNA/ pre-nursing student


  3. by   Rena RN 2003
    any experience caring for acute patients will benefit you in the long run. i started as a cna in a long term care facility when i first started nursing school. helped me with assessments and patient interaction. as i progressed through school and learned more skills i moved along to an ER tech position. ER is where i'll be working when i pass the nclex. but the things i learned (compassion being a biggie) while working LTC will be of great value for the rest of my career.
  4. by   Keely-FutureRN
    Thanks! I will apply for the positions then and see where it takes me. Thanks again.:kiss

  5. by   Rapheal
    Keely, Good luck in which ever floor you work at. May I suggest that you find some receptive nurses who you can ask alot of questions to and view procedures with. I work with a CNA who will attend nursing school and at her request I grab her to watch when I start IV's and such. I explain the procedure and rational and also show her labs and what they mean. Also, when you start nursing school many Hospitals will employ students as technician (especially in the ER) when they have reached a certain level of competency at school. Good luck in your career!!!
  6. by   Keely-FutureRN
    Ah! That is just what I'm looking for with the receptive nurses to be a mentor/guide to show me procedures, etc. So do you have to wait until your more advanced to become an er tech? I'm fine with working on a different level first to master cna skills and then advancing. Is that the best way to go? Does it matter which level you work on first?

  7. by   Rapheal
    At the school I attended the student had to be a senior nursing student. They got to insert caths, do dressing changes and vs, sugars, ect. For bad or for good many of the nurses let them do more than they were technically allowed to do. I can not think of any student who did not enjoy the tech experience.
  8. by   Keely-FutureRN
    Wow, thanks for the info!

  9. by   Disablednurse
    Med-Surg and geriactrics are where I would go if I were you, and could chose.
  10. by   Keely-FutureRN
    Thanks. I was leaning towards the or position. I did clinicals in geriatrics and loved it. Thanks for your imput.