So I am in nursing school and have completed my first year...
So this is my current issue.. There are no jobs in my community for Associates RN
But I could get a CNA certificate, because of my completion of my first year of nursing school.
this could make it easier because I would not technically be a "new hire." So I would just transfer from a CNA to an RN, while onstaff
Issue is that my husband is from australia, and he needs hernia surgery. If I can get the paperwork in for the CNA certificate and when I pass the exam. I could get a job where I am currently volunteering and it would come with benefits.
My husband is on an international travel insurance policy and they have offered to fly him to Australia to get the surgery. If we do that, then I obviously cannot go for the CNA position, because it's stupid to start a job and say oh sorry I have to take 3 weeks off because my husband has to go to australia to get surgery. If he could wait a couple of months, maybe my medical benefits would kick in (I do not know how long it takes for a new hire's insurance to kick in) then he could have the surgery here and I would not loose time working in the hospital getting experience..
There are some other possible considerations here.
1. The insurer here might refuse him as having a pre-existing illness/injury. I don't know how that works; but it isn't all that unusual.
2. Does he have family in Australia? Hernia surgery isn't typically too big a deal. He could go visit his family, they could look after him during a short recuperation; and then he could come home to you. Not the best way, but it wouldn't take long and you could stay home and 'tend to business.' Many families have done stranger things.
Working as a CNA while you finish nursing school is altogether not a bad idea. It isn't the best paying job; but it won't take you far from your studies.
The reality is that it will take 2 weeks (if I am lucky) for the state to process my permission to take the CNA exam. So I am hoping that by the end of the 2 weeks, I can take the exam before leaving for Australia. Then while in Australia I can fill out applications, I am hoping that the nurse manager that knows me will hire me. She claims she will, so I am hopeful that by the end of the two weeks in australia I will have some interviews...
Medic has a good point. Hernia surgery, at least here in the States is a one day outpatient procedure. I cannot imagine in Australia that it would be any different. It is a very long trip as well, particularly if you are bringing the children. You are really doing the best you can by considering all the alternatives. The last time I looked, people could not be in several places at once, so select what works and be content that you have selected well. Everything will, G-d willing, work out.
Sounds like a great plan, Working as a CNA has many advantages, I did it and was hired for a good position in the hospital I worked and learned at. One of the best doctors I know worked his way up first as a CNA then as a nurse... Wishing you and your family good health and Bsorot Tovot...