I live in South Texas. Most hospitals require at least 1 year experience to work as CNA/PCT. I heard Nursing homes have high turnover rates due to low pay and intense labor. Any advice?
I live in North Texas. The higher-paying CNA jobs in the region where I live tend to be concentrated in areas such as hospice, home health, and agency. However, keep in mind that you might have to drive from place to place if your job involves visits to peoples' homes and different facilities. In addition, some agencies do not offer benefits in exchange for the much higher pay rate.
Yeah, working as a CNA isn't going to make you any serious cash. At all. CNAs at my hospital start at 9.00/hour.
I think your best bet is to find an agency to work for, or be willing to work nights, weekends, and overtime in a long-term care/nursing home/assisted living facility.
Working as CNA is hard work. You're not going to find many (or any, I'd venture to say) opportunities as a CNA that aren't environments involving "high turnover rates" and "intense labor" - it comes with the job.
Actually, I chose this temporarily for two years while in the RN program I will be starting this Fall. Had to quit my full time job of 13 years with same company in accounting paying ending pay $17.00/hr. Ouch! Yes, it hurts. But, getting accepted in the program was like winning lottery!
I have seen ads placed by individuals for CNAs to do private duty and offering pay at $18 or even $20 an hour. I have assumed that the parties placing these ads are well to do. Ads like this are rare though. Still, I think the best type of job while you are in school would be a home health case. Agencies typically will pay a CNA $9 to $12 an hour for this type of work.
I know CNAs that make LPN money (18-20/hr)
some hospitals will pay $17.00/hr for a cna that has 1 year experience in Acute care)
where I live most CNA's (non float pool) make 11-13.00 base pay BUT! they work nights and rotate weekends so they end up making 14-16 on week days and 15-17 on the weekends
The CNA's that are Floaters where I work make 16/hr and 18-20 on the weekends but they don't have benefits
agencies pay anywhere from 16-20 (depending on the agency)
These are 3 12 shifts a lot of cna's pick up extra shifts on different floors which puts them into overtime so... to say you can't make good money as a cna is a joke.
You really have to be picky when picking a place of employment. I conducted research on the highest paying hospital in my area before I got my CNA and had my RN director at my school write a letter for me. It always helps if you can show the hospital that you are in school to become and RN they seem to take you a little more seriously (in my experience)