Hi all! I hope everyone has been safe and well throughout these unprecedented times. I'm looking for some feedback and thoughts regarding a potential job opportunity I have. To give you a background about myself to keep in mind, I am currently in the process of completing an ABSN program and on track to graduate in December. Because of COVID, I was only able to complete about half a semester's worth of my med-surg clinical before being pulled. All other clinicals have been completed online, though we are expected to be returning to the hospitals this fall to complete our final med-surg II rotation. Prior to beginning the program, I was employed as a case manager for adults with developmental disabilities and also worked as a PCA for an individual with Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. Although I did assist with some ADLs regularly, all of my clients were very independent in the sense that most assistance was provided through prompting. Other than that, I do not have medical experience.
Recently, I applied for a CNA position to put to use some of the skills I have learned and supplement my experience (or so far, lack thereof). I would only be working per diem because of my school workload. The hospital caters mostly to rehab patients, specifically pulmonary and cardiac. My concerns are that the patients are essentially completely dependent, and I have very (very!) limited skills. The majority of my work would be ADL based. I was also told that because the patients are so dependent, it is much more physically demanding, and I'm pretty small. Orientation would only consist of about 2 days of learning the nitty gritty of the hospital, and two shadow shifts before I would be on my own. On average, I would be responsible for about 6 patients during the day/evening, or 8-10 during the overnight.
One part of me wants to jump on the opportunity (if they even decide to offer me the position). I know getting in anywhere right now can be a struggle and fear that if I pass up the opportunity, I might be looking at unemployment and lack of experience for longer than I expected. I understand where people are coming from when they say that nursing is truly a career you just have to jump into and figure out, but I'm most concerned about just that; my utter lack of skills. My top priority is to provide safe, efficient, and effective care to my patients, so part of me feels as though it would be almost irresponsible to consider the position further (and yes, I was very honest during the interview about my lack of experience). Am I truly just overthinking things?? Help!