New grads & CNA experience - page 2

I wasn't sure where to post this, but I am a nursing student who will be graduating in 2013 and I've been a CNA on a telemetry floor for over a year now. My professors are encouraging those who... Read More

  1. by   baloney247
    Well, I worked full time as a CNA all through nursing school. I had no choice.
    I had to keep my health insurance. I nearly died but I'm about to make it. No luck finding an RN position, not even at my own hospital.
    Nobody wants an ADN nurse anywhere. I've tried. My state will let me keep working as a CNA. How nice after all the pain and suffering I've endured so far.
  2. by   kaseyrachele
    A huge handful of the nurses on my floor started out as techs on my floor. Even if you don't want to stay on the floor you are on now, applying internally for a position will be easier for you now. And even if you don't want that, you understand how the hospital works. If the choice was was between two new grads, one with CNA experience and one with no healthcare experience, who has a better chance of getting hired?
  3. by   chris21sn
    Personally, I didn't work as an cna or in any medical background (for that matter) before landing my job. It didn't take long either after passing my nclex - I got an ICU job about 2 months after passing my nclex.