I am a third semester nursing student with a CNA certification. I got the certification the semester before I started the nursing program. It's been almost a year and a half and I have yet to land a CNA job. I've lost count of all the positions that I've applied for; I am always turned down because of my lack of experience. My only job experience is 6 years worth of customer service related postions (serving, retail) which is included on my resume.
The frustrating thing is that I get weekly experience of direct patient care during my nursing school clinicals. I feel extremely confident that I can perform the duties of a CNA well, mainly because of the experience that I get. It is on my resume that I am a nursing school student. My question is: should I include an overview of my clinical experience on my resume? Does anyone have any other tips of things I can include on my application and resume that could catch an employer's eye?
I would very much like to gain more experience of working with patients before I graduate and become a nurse. Any input is greatly appreciated.