I have my first RN job- should I leave CNA jobs on my resume?

  1. I'm updating my resume since I have my first RN job.
    It currently has my clinical experience and two previous CNA jobs.
    I'm obviously consolidating my clinical experience with my education section, but I'm wondering if I should take my CNA experience off completely, since I'm an RN now and future employers aren't really going to care that I worked as a CNA several years ago.

    So when did you take your CNA experience off your resume?
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   JustaGypsy
    I placed my CNA experience on my resume, and still do. I think it is good to have any positive reference you can. Some employers/directors like to see someone who has "come up thru the ranks" so to speak. It shows you are well rounded and know what is expected for each role.
  4. by   healthstar
    Noooo keep it in your resume, it shows that you have more experience.
  5. by   SneakySnake
    I wish I had CNA experience to put on my resume
  6. by   carolmaccas66
    Don't leave any experience off of your CV! Even if you had just worked in customer service (ie: not nursing), it is still valuable - you would be dealing with people, handling money, sorting out problems, etc.
    I worked in nursing HR for 3 years and my boss hated gaps in CVs, cos it looks as if ur trying to hide something, then at interviews she would have to ask about it. Any experience is valuable, especially CNA experience.
  7. by   caliotter3
    I kept it on for about five years or so, until I had more than two nursing jobs (through some part time jobs) to take up the space.
  8. by   adpiRN
    My resume for my first RN job had all sorts of random stuff on it - volunteer work, teaching English in Japan, an internship at an auction house and real estate.
    In my interview my manager told me that she wanted to interview me because even though I was a new grad it looked like I had a lot of interesting varied experiences to bring to the table.
    Put anything on there that will help you stand out and make you look well rounded.
    Good luck!
  9. by   kool-aide, RN
    I vote keep it on there!
  10. by   ashley119
    I would leave the CNA experience on there. When I got my first RN job, my CNA experience benefited me as the floor I hired on to typically only hires their students but due to the length of my CNA experience they thought I would be able to handle it. Never know what might help you to get your dream job!
  11. by   chicookie
    Quote from adpiRN
    My resume for my first RN job had all sorts of random stuff on it - volunteer work, teaching English in Japan, an internship at an auction house and real estate.
    In my interview my manager told me that she wanted to interview me because even though I was a new grad it looked like I had a lot of interesting varied experiences to bring to the table.
    Put anything on there that will help you stand out and make you look well rounded.
    Good luck!

    You taught English in Japan!?! That is like my dream job! I dislike you intensely. LOL just kidding!


    Anyways, I would leave it there. Maybe without so many details if your resume is the type that has the job description/duties.
  12. by   DizzyLizzyNurse
    Yeah I've always wanted to teach English somewhere overseas too!!!

    I just graduated from RN school and I plan to keep my CNA and LPN jobs for a long time!
  13. by   Double-Helix
    Thanks everyone. I'm already working as an RN, but I think I'll keep the CNA experience on there until I have enough RN experience to fill up the space.
  14. by   linamtob1
    Good morning, I would ask if you can recommend some sites where you can apply for a CNA job, I got my license two months ago but before he had worked in the care of older people with health problems.

    I am in Florida.

    Thank you very much for your information and help.

    I applied for several jobs but have not received any response from these companies so I'm worried and not others to develop strategies to successfully find a job soon appreciate your help.

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