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Got the job!!

So the director of the Med/Surg floor said I would hear something by today and well, I waited as long as I could before calling her seeing as I hadn't heard from her.  I said I would wait until 4:00 but by 3:30 I was chomping at the bit so I called her.  She said "I was just filling out your paperwork to offer you the job"!!! Yay me!! 

Now I know it's just a PCT/CNA job, but hey it gets my foot in the door right?  I've talked to several of my friends who are in the semesters ahead of me & they've all said the same thing.  "Get a job NOW".  I have one friend who said she can't even get a PCT job b/c no one will hire her b/c she's too close to graduating.  I never thought of that. Why wouldn't they want to hire you knowing that soon you'd be able to be a nurse there??  I don't know, but I am glad to have the job. 
The director said she thinks the pay is $10 an hour, which is pretty decent.  I was worried they would try to pay me minimum wage or something close to it & that would really have sucked.  So now all I have to do is fill out the hospital paperwork & she has to send off for a background check & as soon as that comes back I will start.  She said sometimes the checks can take up to 2 weeks which puts me RIGHT at finals week, which is awesome b/c it means that I'll be starting right as school is ending so hopefully I can work as much as possible over the summer.  Overtime would be awesome.  I'll just be happy to have some MONEY again.  And yes my husband works but it's different when you have your OWN money, ya know?  I'm excited as this will be my first hospital job.  I've worked in doctor's offices before but this is different & the director is SUPER nice.  She sent me an email saying she is glad I'm going to be part of the team, I thought that was really nice. 
Anyhoo, just thought I'd let you all know :)  Woohoo!!!


  1. Congrats! Very exciting. I think most of the people getting jobs in hospitals after graduation are those that have worked as a PCT there for a year. So you are on the right path!

    1. That's what I'm banking on. I mean as long as everything goes well I don't know why I wouldn't just walk into the RN role. Plus, when she interviewed me we talked more about the nurse's role than the PCT role anyway. So I took that as a good sign.

  2. Congrats! Got your foot in the door...that's the way to get the RN job!

  3. Yay!! Congrats! I definitely wish I would have worked as a CNA throughout college. Employers love seeing that on a resume when applying for RN jobs :)

    1. Yeah that's what everyone keeps telling me. Although I'm sure it's going to be really hard work.

  4. Your friend who did not get the job because she was close to graduating is right. In most hospitals once you write your board and become a RN, you are not allowed to work as a CNA in that hospital, because of liability and other legal crap. So they would either let her go or hire her as an RN, and have to go through the whole process of hiring and training a new CNA.
    I have known a few CNA who were in nursing school and then had to quit and wait for the next hiring cycle. For new grads hospitals tend to hire 2-4 times a year and based on their budgets and training schedules

  5. Yaaaaaaaaay! And I will tell you, some of my new nurse classmates have had a hard time finding a job because they don't have any experience in the field. Way ahead of the go, girl!

    1. That's what I'm hoping for!! And since the majority of the interview we talked about the nursing job & not the CNA job I am hoping that means that I'll be able to just walk into the RN job when it's time. I mean granted they like me & that's where I want to be :)

  6. I'm really excited for you, good job! I hope you like the hospital med/surg floor. Once you get the hang of it, like the pace and patient population, you'll feel really comfortable and the transition to RN will be much easier!

    1. I hope so. Med/Surg is not where I want to work in the long term but for now & once I get my RN a job is a job & experience is experience :)


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