I graduate in December and had been hoping to follow the advice that is commonly given on this website which is to work as a PCT/CNA or intern while in school. Well here I am with o e semester left in school and still jobless. Unfortunately, I live in an area with a tight job market where most tech and CNA jobs go to foreign educated RNs waiting for their license and a huge glut of nursing schools. I applied to so many positions for CNA/pct, coop, internship and nothing materialized. But it was not for lack of trying. So, in the meantime I have been volunteering with our local medical reserve core, dept of health TB clinics, children's hospital, domestic abuse shelter. Basically, anyone who will take me. I also work part time for a physician's office (a surgeon) that I worked for before starting school. She has been gracious enough to let me come in and work "prn."
Now, going into last semester with my capstone and research, I feel that it would not be a good time to start a new job. I'm hoping to put my best foot forward during my preceptorship and hope they will keep me. (Doubtful, but doesn't hurt to dream). I did at least get lucky enough to get my preceptorship on my dream unit and dream hospital so this feels exciting.
But now after reading here I feel worried that I did not get a job as a CNA. Anyone else have positive stories about new grad employment who didn't work in school?