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New grads & CNA experience

  1. 0 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 aren't working as a CNA to do so in order to "get a foot in the door" for after graduation. I'm just curious to hear from new grads whether or not they think that CNA experience helped them at all in the search for that first job. Thanks.
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  3. Visit  Art_Vandelay profile page
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    My CNA experience definitely helped me land a position as an RN. If you are already an employee, you shouldn't have problem getting the interview. If only I didn't have to move across country as soon as I graduated I would've landed right into med/surg.
  4. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    My workplace recently promoted a longtime unit secretary who graduated from a local nursing program. She is now on orientation as a GN (graduate nurse) while she waits to take NCLEX.
  5. Visit  BrandonLPN profile page
    #3 1
    Short of having your mother being the nurse recruiter or something, being a CNA or LPN first is the best possible way to land a job as a new grad RN.
  6. Visit  Mom2Chaos profile page
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    I worked as a CNA, and while the facility I worked at had NO positions open in which they would take a GN (budget, staff mix, etc)- I applied at another facility and was called by HR the next day. During the interview she directly stated that she was interested in me because I had hospital experience and a BSN.

    Good luck!!
  7. Visit  ashleyisawesome profile page
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    im a pca at a hospital, and about to graduate in about 23 days.. ok exactly 23 days. but ive already got 3 interviews at the hospital i work at for different units, while many of my classmates have none. having a job as an aide where you want to work as an RN is definitely a good idea.
  8. Visit  KelRN215 profile page
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    I am not a new grad but YES working as a CNA undoubtedly gives you a leg up.
  9. Visit  SpringNurse profile page
    #7 0
    Great topic.
  10. Visit  lalopop86 profile page
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    Thank you all for your comments and responses! I always thought it would help, but with hearing about how tight the job market is out there and how different CNA and nursing tasks and responsibilities can be, I've been curious
  11. Visit  rockstar11 profile page
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    My CNA experience was at a nursing home, before I started nursing school. It didn't matter to the hospital jobs at all. In fact when anyone asks about my previous experience they make a point to say that it doesn't count.

    However, if you are a nursing assistant/tech/extern at a hospital - that's whole different story. Mostly because the unit you are on is likely to hire you if they like you. Also, corporations tend to look internally first (you!)
  12. Visit  alibee profile page
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    Yes, most of the techs at my hospital who graduated this past May have landed RN positions (including me, yay!). It definitely is to one's advantage to find a tech job, show your work ethic, and make a name for yourself in a hospital setting.
  13. Visit  sbostonRN profile page
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    Quote from lalopop86
    Thank you all for your comments and responses! I always thought it would help, but with hearing about how tight the job market is out there and how different CNA and nursing tasks and responsibilities can be, I've been curious
    It doesn't have anything to do with your tasks and duties. It's about showing the nurse manager how strong your work ethic is, and being a team player. I worked in a non-patient care role at a large hospital while in nursing school. It was a huge disappointment when I graduated and didn't have an "in" because I didn't know any nurse managers or recruiters! The more people you know and the more you can prove yourself, the better. Also, working as a CNA and learning how to interact with patients will help you when you become an RN.
  14. Visit  AshleyO77 profile page
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    I was a CNA in a hospital all through nursing school. I currently have a job, but not where I was a nursing assistant. Do I think it helped me land my current job? Kinda. When I had my interview with the DON of my facility, she was certainly impressed that I had worked through nursing school. When I was calling other hospital though, they told me my nursing assistant experience didn't count for anything. BUT I have to say, I'm so happy I was a nursing assistant because I was already used to working with all types of patients and medical equipment. Also, it helps you sympathize with your CNA, which I think is important. So I think it won't always help you get a job, but once you get a job, you will be happy you were a CNA.