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I want to go further into the nursing field. What should I do to find a job quickly?

Question:

Dear Donna,

I’m getting my CNA and want to go further into the nursing field. I have applied everywhere and received two phone calls. I take my CNA test Dec. 11, and I plan to start CNA II classes.

For almost a year, I helped my uncle who had ALS. I took care of him and had to feed him and give him his meds through a feeding tube. I used a lift to help with his showers, take him to the bathroom and put him to bed. There was a lot of hands-on care, and he’s inspired me to work with people. I love it.

I need to know what to do about finding a job quickly. I was told I would need to get my Med Tech to get a job.

Elaine

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Elaine,

Regarding “going further” look into eventually becoming an LPN or LVN (depending on where you live). Most practical nursing programs are a year in length and LPN/LVNs work largely, although not exclusively, in long term care (nursing home and rehabilitation) which you seem to love. Contact the National Federation of LPNs (www.nflpn.org) and your state board of nursing (https://www.ncsbn.org/boards.htm) for more information on schools, scholarships, etc. I don’t see why you would need to become a med tech unless you want to work in a medical office or clinic.

Regarding getting a job ASAP, are you contacting nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home care agencies, and rehabilitation facilities in your area? Look in the yellow pages of your phonebook to find these places and contact each of them by phone. Speak with someone in human resources.

Be sure to also get out to healthcare and general career fairs, as well as facility open house events, in your area. Presenting yourself in person is more effective than sending out applications. Always make the best impression by dressing well, shaking hands and making eye contact, and sending a thank-you note after an interview—even a phone interview.

Sending good wishes your way for a positive outcome. Persistence and determination will always win out in the end!

Good luck,
Donna

By | 2009-11-13T00:00:00-05:00 November 13th, 2009|Categories: Blogs, Nursing careers and jobs|0 Comments

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