I am from Iowa and I work as a Patient Care tech(CNA) on the brain injury and spinal cord injury floor and I also float around to our neuro floor and med surg floor. I have been doing this for about 2 1/2 years and I am looking for a change! I want to see more things and get more experience in other states. I have always loved California! I make around 11.45 now and I know Iowa is horrible for nursing salary..so I was curious as to how people are living as a CNA and if you would reccomend the move?
Feb 9, '13
All the CNAs on my unit work two full time jobs to be able to pay their bills. The cost of living is incredible out here. My husband and I make $130k together and we live comfortably but with no kids and still renting so not paying $2500+ a month mortgage. I wouldn't suggest you move out here alone for a CNA job.
Feb 9, '13
The CNA salaries are not much better than Iowa either: think $12-18/hr for a hospital. Given the job competition out here, you're more likely to see salaries on the side of $12 than $18. Non-hospital settings are likely to pay less.
Registry nursing has rates comparable to hospitals or maybe a bit higher, but the trade-off is no guaranteed hours, no job security and no benefits.
A lot of CNAs hold down more than one job to make ends meet...so do a lot of nurses.
I agree with the prior poster: coming out here just for a CNA job is a bad idea, unless you have family/friends that you can live with or you hit the lottery.