I have been a CNA for the past 15 years. I decided last year that I needed a change and went back to school for sterilization. Sterilizing surgical equipment. I take my test next Monday. What I am needing advice on is every job listing I am finding they want at least 1 year of experience. How do you get a hospital to hire you with no experience. Well I have 6 weeks of externship at a Hospital.
Use that and your CNA experience should help you get your foot in the door, so pray and trust God to do what needs to be done.
You should highlight that you have 15 years of experience as a CNA which you can relate some of those skills to your new title. You can offer to volunteer more of your time beyond the externship hours when you can. This can help you to gain more experience, show your work ethic and will give you time to build a rapport with the team and the hiring manager of that department. Even though, you will not have one year of experience in the field doesn't mean you shouldn't apply to those opportunities. A great way to get recognized is to speak with people that can give you a letter of recommendation. These can be from the teachers from the school you attended, previous employers and from a supervisor or director of the hospital you are currently assigned to for your externship. Build your network in your new field, you can also contact other hospitals to see if they have any opportunities available in your new career field. Be sure that each contact you make, you ask for their contact information and if it would be okay if you contact them from time to time to check in on current or upcoming opportunities in your field. Good Luck!
Bless your heart for taking care of those patients for 15 years! The hands of God thru u! Good luck in your career change.
While you may not have that particular experience let it b known that you do have experience in medical and patient envioromemt and b honest and actually put the question of how are you going to get that exact experience if they ask,but never fear you have medical and patient experience ,and good luck ,I feel you will b blessed in suceeding
I have a Paralegal Degree and will make it know!! That s blazing.
I myself have a degree is surgical technology and during clinicals was in the strilization room. Your clincal time will account should account for your experience. They will see that you have just graduated. The school should also have a job placement program that will help you find a job.