"Acute care experience"

Nurses New Nurse


Specializes in Psych, Emergency, Med/Surg.

:D When the RN requirements at a hospital state "at least 1 year of acute care experience", does that include Nurse Tech experience too? I'm a tech now and am still working on my pre-req's, so that means I'll be a tech for a few years, which will give me a whole lotta experience right up close. Does this give me an advantage or does it not matter?

Any thoughts on this question are greatly appreciated.

Specializes in Family Practice, Primary Care.

No, they mean acute care experience as an RN. I was a CNA too; being a CNA is NOTHING like being an RN. Being a CNA helps for your first med surg clinical in terms of bed manner; that's about it. It's valuable experience because you get to see a lot of stuff but unless you're doing the RN work, it won't count.

That being said, being a tech will give you an advantage when you apply over other new grads.

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