Good Afternoon All - I hope you might be able to help me. I currently hold a BA in Environmental Science and have been in the field for 11+ years. My husband is active duty Army and during this duty station assignment (GA) I have come to a realization that I desperately need a career change. After a lot of research I began my pre-requisites for a nursing program in Kansas since this is where we will be stationed next (this summer 2012).
With this all said I am completely lost as to what medical job I should be looking for in KS/MO area. I can get my CNA here in GA and have it transferred to KS/MO but where will I be able to work? Does either of these states allow you to work in a hospital? What jobs are available in hospitals since ultimately that is where I am looking to work as a RN?
We will be there for a short time and I will be finishing up my pre-requisites for the nursing program at our next duty assignment. I truly appreciate any advice and guidance.
Jan 4, '12
It is always easier to get a CNA job in a long term care facility than in a hospital, so I would not get my hopes up about getting a hospital job right away. Whatever you do, concentrate on your schoolwork because the better you do in school, the better chance you will have getting accepted to a nursing program. You can always work as a CNA here or there, but you usually have one chance to get those A's in prerequisite courses. Good luck.
Jan 4, '12
Thank you ma'am for the advice. I just finished up taking Anatomy & Physiology and Human Development last semester and received A's in both classes. This semester is Microbiology and Physiology. I already have a 4 year degree in Environmental Science so I didn't have a lot of per-reqs to take care of. Here's hoping for another semester with A's.
Jan 4, '12
A's can only help the cause!
Jan 19, '12
Many hospitals employ NAC's (that's what they are called in my state) I would try to get on at a hospital and try to find an experienced nurse who would be willing to mentor you, as you work toward becoming an RN. A nursing home just wouldn't give you what you need in terms of learning the role of a nurse. Working nights would give you more time to question, and perhaps follow a nurse occasionally to see what they do. I worked in a small rural (30 bed) hospital and was able to observe a wide variety of situations, work with patients of all ages, and I even got to float to OB and ER while working as an aide during nursing school. It was a GREAT learning experience. The most important thing is to find a good mentor! (not ALL nurses eat their young!