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- by cljonesfuturenurse May 10, '12Hello all,
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 by mindyfromcaliIt'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 by nursetabithaI 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.