MA or CNA???

  1. Hey everyone!

    I am a recent college graduate & a MA.

    I am having mucho amounts of trouble finding a job as an MA. I graduated in January and still haven't found anything yet!!

    CNA's seem to get paid MUCH more in my area and there are also LOTS of CNA jobs!

    should i keep searching for an MA job or should i take the CNA classes??

    please advise!!!
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  3. by   Irene joy
    If you're looking for more hands on patient care, then I would definetly get my CNA. Are you planning on nursing school in the future? In my area, the few ads I see for MA jobs have a lot of secretarial work, back office type of responsibility. The job market is much more in need of direct patient care.
  4. by   clvjackson
    Not to sound mean or anything, but being an MA sucks!!! I have had so many friends of mine go thru a 15 month MA program, and get out and cant find a job. Or come out and find a job that pays no more than 10 an hour, thats here in richmond, va. They could have took a simple, 5 month CNA course for half the price, and easily made 16 an hour. I think that program is a rip off, the school i go to for LPN, offer MA for the same price, and the same length.
  5. by   HeartsOpenWide
    I loved being an MA, lots of hands on stuff; but it just was not enough for me and that is part of the reason that I went on to nursing. Are you looking for job in the paper or applying everywhere. I faxed my resume to several doctors offices, regardless of whether they had adds or not. I had to turn several jobs down!! Have you tried contacting you teacher? She may have some inside info.
  6. by   aerorunner80
    I'm a little biased but I would go with CNA. You can't beat the direct patient care that you are able to give.