No Experience Necessary
Question by Carolyn: How can I find a job (in healthcare), it’s so hard as a new grad/no experience…?
I’m 21, female, and I live in New York. I was going to college for nursing, I had some issues regarding loans, and money, things at home with my parents weren’t the best either. I decided to go for something “shorter” in the meantime so that I could help out a bit and also earn something on my own.
I plan on continuing my education as soon as some things settle down, but I have graduated as a patient care technician, which is known as Nurse tech, I was trained in 3 different areas, CNA (Nurse assistant and basic patient care skills), phlebotomy (blood drawing and lab work), and EKG. I received my certificates of completion from school and also took my lisence exam which I have passed, I am now fully certified.
I have been filling out applications non-stop, I know I HAVE to eventually find something, but it is getting a little frustrating. I know that the fact that I am a new grad sets me back as experience is always valued first. I have an appointment for job placement assistant with the technical school I graduated from, I don’t know if they can really do much unless they have certain connections, but I’ll give it a shot, but I am still a little stuck on how to go about this.
I’ve worked on my resume, recommendation letters, etc.
I know a lot of people find themselves in this position after graduating or completing some type of job training. What else can I do? Where can I look into?
Answer by Pooky™
As a CNA, you may be able to get hired to work in a nursing home.
Phlebotomist – an inexperienced one may have a tough time getting hired. They usually want someone who can draw the blood successfully – on the 1st stick. There is no time to practice on any patients, especially on a child or an infant.
EKG is usually done in outpatient clinic by a medical assistant or by an LVN / LPN. Learning how to do it takes less than an hour – the placement of the leads is the key. It’s not our job (I’m a nurse, too) to read it. Even the computer reads it incorrectly most of the time anyway.
It’s unfortunate that it’s not easy to get hired as a phlebotomist when you are brand new. Like getting credit – you can’t get a credit card until you have credit. Most of the time the externship (that you may not be paid) will give you some experience. Did you go through that?
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