Can an LPN get a job as a CNA? - page 2

I am an LPN who wants a full time job in Florida so I can get medical coverage. I saw a site that had state jobs listed. Only one for LPN's and it was only for part-time. However, the state jobs listed for CNA's were for full... Read More

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    I already had my CNA certification while I attended nursing school. Those in my class that didnt have their certification were told that they could take the CNA written and skills test once we finished our geriatric rotation in school, for that would be accepted the same as if they were to sit in a six week CNA training class. Just call the FL DOH .. call whoever is in charge of the testing. Or take a chance and call a few nursing facilities and see if they hire LPN's as CNA's without CNA certification.

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    Thanks all. I just called the state board of nursing for CNA's. They gave me a phone number to contact to challenge the CNA test. She said it is OK to have both an LPN and CNA license in Florida. I will call the state board of nursing for LPN's tomorrow. I want to make absolutely sure it is OK.
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    If you do go to work as a CNA be sure your scope of practice is well defined and do not go outside of it even if you have the skills as an LPN - you could loose your LPN license for that.
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    After I got my LPN license, I worked some shifts as a CNA at my job. Of course, I'm also currently certified as a CNA, and both expire in two years. (I'm in NJ.) I would be shocked if someone's nursing license would become null and void if they took a CNA class, so I'm curious as to what the Florida BON has to say about that, Blackcat99. Can you update us tomorrow?
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    Thanks all. I just got home so will have to call the state board on Monday. I will let you all know what they say.
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    As long as you carry that LPN license you will be held to the standards of being an LPN. If you want to work as a CNA you should surrender your LPN license and depending on the state you live in, then get a CNA license. I would never surrender my license under any circumstances.
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    Thanks. I had just thought of being a CNA temporarily until I could find an LPN job. But that was a few weeks ago. This past Sunday they did have LPN job openings in the Sunday paper so I'm thinking I won't need to get a CNA license after all. I was suppose to call the LPN state board on Monday but I forgot. I am going to call after the holidays because I do want to find out Florida's rules on this in case this problem comes up again. After I get back from my trip to India I can start job hunting.
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    As a nurse manager I am uncomfortable hiring an LPN that wants to work as a CNA. Why would anyone want to do that? Why are they having trouble finding a job as a LPN? Will they be able to only do their CNA job without overstepping the boundaries?
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    Quote from diane227
    As long as you carry that LPN license you will be held to the standards of being an LPN. If you want to work as a CNA you should surrender your LPN license and depending on the state you live in, then get a CNA license. I would never surrender my license under any circumstances.
    I want to reiterate this information. If you hold a current LPN license, you can work as a CNA, but you are responsible to your highest level of licensure. This is true everywhere, and, as you can imagine, it has very serious implications. Also, no facility can wave your responsibility. So, if your someone tells you not to worry because you were hired as a CNA, they are wrong. Even if you were hired as a CNA, you can be legally held to the standard of an LPN. Be very careful of this legally tricky area.
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    Quote from diane227
    As long as you carry that LPN license you will be held to the standards of being an LPN. If you want to work as a CNA you should surrender your LPN license and depending on the state you live in, then get a CNA license. I would never surrender my license under any circumstances.
    Quote from elephnt40
    As a nurse manager I am uncomfortable hiring an LPN that wants to work as a CNA. Why would anyone want to do that? Why are they having trouble finding a job as a LPN? Will they be able to only do their CNA job without overstepping the boundaries?

    My thoughts for both of these comments is that it could be that in this economy, the LPN that wishes to work as a CNA may only be doing so because she/he is having difficulty finding a position that they are currently licensed for...the bottom line may be that a person has bills, probably has a family and ultimately needs to work SOMEWHERE in order to sustain themselves. Of course, as a manager, I would probably also wonder why a person would want to work for lower than their current achievements, but my thoughts would probably be altered based on the current state of affairs. In addition, new grads on all levels seem to have difficulty obtaining a position anywhere. I think that these LPNs may be thinking of at least working in the field in some capacity in order to gain first hand knowledge of a nursing position. And, if that doesn't happen, I can see anyone then deciding to work anywhere, even in retail, a restaurant or anywhere else in order to earn a living.

    And, surrendering previous certifications may not be an option. If a facility IS willing to hire an LPN as a CNA, but requires current certifications, this would leave that LPN out of options altogether. I am not questioning or challenging your opinions, I am just trying to see it from the perspective of a person who is desperately seeking employment and benefits to care for themselves and family. I suppose that the best answer would be to see if it is a requirement in that particular area for an LPN to HAVE TO surrender her nursing license in order to work as a CNA, and most probably would not after they have, in fact earned it. The issue seems to be that these nurses are unable to obtain a position as a nurse.

    I sincerely wish those who are having difficulties getting a nursing job the best of luck and hope that circumstances can open doors sooner than later.
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