Can an RN work as a CNA?

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    Hello all,

    I am from the El Dorado Area, but attended and graduated from Nursing School in VA this December. Being the foolish dreamer that I am, I moved back to CA to live with my boyfriend. However, despite my work experience as an unlicensed assisstive personnel and two degrees (ahem both with 4.0's...) I cannot get a job. I know I'm not alone in this boat, as there seem to be a frillion nursing graduates for every new grad job. However, my student loans are going to kick in soon, and my job as a coffee shop supervisor is wearing thin on my nerves. I need a better paying job that is at least somewhat nurse-related, and I don't see any hope for an RN job on the horizon.

    I'm sure you are all tired of the sob story, so I'll just cut to the chase. Can a Registered Nurse in California work as a CNA? I don't see why not, as they kind of overlap, but common sense does not always agree with the law. If any of you lovely nurses/students have any clue, please let me know.

    Thank you kindly.
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    probably not, for you are held to your highest lic. And since you wouldn't be oriented to that job, you couldn't fulfill it. It would put the employer at risk....good luck
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    Thanks. That's not necessarily what I wanted to hear, but it certainly makes sense.
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    Yes, you can. I know of a couple that do. You cannot work as an LVN, but you can work as a CNA. You are still held to the standards of your highest license though.
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    Oh, Ok, that's also good to know. I'll have to start checking around for possible jobs at the local hospitals. Hopefully I'll have better luck than with the RN job search.
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    Good luck to you!
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    From what I've heard, if you're already working as a CNA you can keep your jib up to one year. If you're not alteady employed as one your RN license supersedes.
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    Sorry for the typos. "Job" and "already" typing on my phone! Good luck!
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    OP: where in California are you living? Yes, you can work as a Nurse Assistant in California, and with your RN license, you are not eligible to sit the CNA exam. However, it's hard to find a facility that will hire you to work as a NA.

    I was gonna work as a NA with my license, but I was lucky enough to find an RN job. PM me if you haven't found anything, and I will hook you up. Hopefully you live near to where I'm living
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    Duh... You current live in El Dorado. I live in Southern California :-(


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