Is having a CNA job give you a better chance to get hired as an RN?

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    Hello!
    I am currently in nursing school. I work in a group home where I take care of individuals with different disabilities. I have work there for about one year. It is hard work but rewarding!
    Now that I am in nursing school, is it a better idea to become a CNA to have a better chance to get hired quicker as an RN? I know hospitals like to hire individuals who have experience of working in a hospital.

    Thanks!
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    I'm in the same situation as you and I hope it works out at my hospital. I know its possible because it helps you network inside better and allows for managers and employees to know who you are and how you work. One girl at our hospital was a CNA and it took her awhile to get hired as an RN. So its possible, some experience is better then none at all.
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    Most of the nurses on my unit started as techs on my unit.
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    I think so..ive been a nursing assistant for 4+ years on my unit at a big hospital. I was promised a job on the same floor a semester before I will graduate which is in 43 days by the way . I think its a huge advantage. .i didnt have to interview or apply..worked out great
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    Quote from rojas12
    Hello!
    I am currently in nursing school. I work in a group home where I take care of individuals with different disabilities. I have work there for about one year. It is hard work but rewarding!
    Now that I am in nursing school, is it a better idea to become a CNA to have a better chance to get hired quicker as an RN? I know hospitals like to hire individuals who have experience of working in a hospital.

    Thanks!
    Yes!! Especially if you work in a hospital. If for no other reason than you already work there so it's easier to get hired. Also a lot of employers know that CNAs make great nurses all of that being said your chances of being hired are much higher if you search for employment with in the facility you already work for

    It certainly is going to help in general to have medical background when searching for a job as a nurse

    This doesn't mean that it's going to help you with your skills in nursing but it will help in the sense that you already are comfortable with patients and probably learned a lot in your years as a CNA


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