I am currently a pre-nursing student who just finished a CNA program. I am currently employed in another field (11 years). I am thinking about trying to get a position as a CNA. I know that I don't want to work in LTC. What other areas hire new CNAs? I am hoping that being comfortable with patient care will be a benefit in nursing school. What areas pay the most? What areas are the best to start in?
May 10, '12
It's very hard to not start in LTC. Most other areas of nursing won't hire you unless you paid your dues first. Here in Cali it's a year in LTC then the registries and hospitals will look at hiring you. The hospitals usually want one year of acute experience, but it's kind of a catch 22. I got around that by going through registries to work at hospitals. I'm looking for a position at a hospital and have applied, but still work at a registry which keeps me pretty busy.
May 12, '12
I found a job in a skilled nursing (rehabilitation) facility. It's much than a nursing home and usually pays better too. They hired me as a new grad but I don't know if that's the norm. The hospital wouldn't touch me until I have a years experience.