leaving job as cna to return later as rn??

  1. hello all,

    i have a little dilemma. i am currently entering my final year in nursing with graduation date of december '13 and found a job as a cna at a local hospital to set my foot in the door so that i can have a job once i graduate. well, im quickly realizing that this part time job is going to put a strain on my studies. basically the days i am not in school are the days i will be working 8 hours. i figured make it work by using any opportunity to study as much as i can and stick with the heavy schedule but last semester i didn't have a job and i still struggled with the work load. im comtiplating, finishing up my summer job and when class restart in september, i will drop the job.

    im afraid however because in this economy, employers dont want to hire inexperienced nurses and being a cna, lpn or pca is the best way to get a job after school. should i stick it out for 4 months when school starts or go ahead and leave the job and attempt to reapply as a nurse once i graduate? can i even do that or would HR laugh at me?

    thank u all
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  3. by   JRNY13
    I just did the same thing because I won't be able to handle the stress of work and school. Dont worry about finding a job when you graduate - you will, and you have a little bit of experience too. I worked as a PCT for 4 months, and I'm not stressed or worried about it.
  4. by   boricualuna
    Have you thought about going PRN when school starts back up? I had a friend who just graduated from Nursing school and she got hired in the same dept I currently work at as a PRN PCT and she worked maybe once a month to keep her status. Being a PCT worked for her at the end because prior to graduating she applied for an ICU internship position and go it without an interview. Good luck
  5. by   SopranoKris
    If it's only 4 months, have you asked HR if you can take a leave of absence from your job and be allowed to return upon graduation from your program? Sometimes employers will grant leave of absence for short time periods (usually less than a year).

    Otherwise, I would do as the poster above suggested and ask about being moved to as-needed status.
  6. by   sam1984
    I would love to do prn but u have to b employed for 6 months prior to requesting status change. Don't think Tue less than friendly hr will even grant that to me.
  7. by   SoldierNurse22
    It doesn't do you much good to have your foot in the door as CNA if you can't handle the studying schedule and miss out on your RN.

    You will find a job after college. Don't compromise your education by putting the cart before the horse.