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  • May 3 '11

    Thank you for all of your replies. From what I can tell, a lawyer will be happy to accept my money. To actually get a pardon from a governor is nearly impossible because most governors do not want to be seen as soft on crime. Plus hospitals can see seal records. The State of Texas does not allow expunction either. So it on there for good.

    I believe it will just be in His hands and His will. He placed it in my heart to be a medical missionary... So I am sure He will open the correct doors.

    There are about 250 hospitals in the state of Texas. Surely one of them will allow me a chance?? Not to mention other states?

    Any further suggestions will be most welcome!!! Please! I figure I need a good 3 years experience on the floor...

    So teacher08.. Your friend has a drug felony and she is working as an RN with the help of the Director of Nursing correct? What state is she in?


  • May 3 '11

    I would like to thank everyone for their posts and advice.
    For anyone out there with past criminal problems, I would like to encourage them to follow their dreams.

    My situtation worked out well. I was allowed to enter a school, get permission from the BON to sit for the NCLEX, and obtain an RN license. Keep in mind my criminal history was isolated and it was 20 years in the past. I also have completely given my life to Christ and live for Him only. All of my actions I do to glorify Him alone (now). So I am sure I had divine help!

    Upon graduation I was offered many jobs including a doctor's office, a hospice facility, a dialysis center, and a few hospitals. There were a few employers who did not offer employment due to their corporate policy. So all doors are not open to me but on the flip side, not all doors are closed either.

    So my advice to anyone with an isolated past criminal history is this: If you have truly changed and can prove it, you CAN work in the medical industry. I would advise overdoing your education with excellent grades to compensate for the past errors in judgement. 3-5 solid character references should help with the BON. You want to prove that you are serious and committed to being the best nurse/doctor etc. possible. People's lives and trust will be in your hands. Make sure you do not abuse either.

    I hope this helps! God Bless!

  • Mar 25 '11

    We hired/trained PCT's who had either CNA or Phlebotomy experience. I hired a few who were phlebotomist certified.

  • Mar 25 '11

    I wouldn't spend the money - I would apply at Fresenius and Davita as both have training programs.

  • Mar 23 '11

    Where do you live? I know nothing about having to be a CNA first. Well, I take that back, in the chronic unit, CNA is not a prereq for being a tech. In Texas, you do not have to be certified. My company is now requiring it, but in the next year I'll be an LVN so it doesn't apply to me. Being certified usually just means a small pay raise, but again, it may vary from state to state.
    In my typical day, here is what I do (again, this is a chronic dialysis unit, I am not referring to hospital dialysis.)
    get there around 430, make bicarb for the day, do water checks.
    Set up my four machines for the first run of patients.
    draw up heparin.
    set the machine according the physician order for time, fluid removal goal, heparin pump, any sodium or UF profiling.
    put on the four patients, sticks only. In TX, the nurses put on the catheters, I just get their blood pressures, temp, get their catheter soaking.
    v/s every 30 minutes.
    notify the CN of any change in condition, administer NS for cramps, hypotension, etc.
    after each patient comes off, get their post BPs, temps, weights, assessments. pull the needles, stop the bleeding and make sure they are stable before leaving.
    turn over their chairs/machines for the next patients that are (sometimes) patiently waiting outside in the lobby.
    get on that second shift of my patiens, all the while going to help other teammates with their patients, machines, BPs, someone who might be bleeding, vomiting, etc.
    once everyone is on for 2nd shift, go back and finish charting on the first shift.
    BPs every 30 minutes.
    notify CN of any changes...
    take off 2nd shift, clean chairs, machines, finish charting. rinse the bicarb loop at the end of the day, check the water system again.

    this is a typical 12 hour day. the downtime is slow, but the change over time is very fast paced, requiring time management. where is this patient going to go? who comes off first? who is going to take more time to stop bleeding? who will be up and out?

    re: certification, I think you have to have some experience before you can take the exam, not sure though.

  • Mar 23 '11

    I am a clinical nursing instructor. Generally students who are already CNAs and have been practicing as a CNA in a clinical area (whether hospital, nursing home, or home health) tend to make better students - at least in the first year clinicals. They have better organizational skills, often are more familiar with hospital routines and charting, are more confident, and are not mortified when they are required to enter a patient's room, clean up a BM, or give a patient a bed bath. Some programs are now requiring prospective students to already be a CNA as an admission requirement.