Once I get RN licensure, can I still work as a CNA? - page 2

Hi everyone, I am graduating soon with my RN and hope to take the NCLEX at the beginning of June here in MN. I don't have a job lined up yet, but have some possibiliites. I am currently working as a CNA in a privately owned... Read More

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    I had many classmates that after graduation and taking the NCLEX continued working as NAs until they got/started jobs as RNs. Locallly, there had been many nursing layoffs and the market for new grads was tight. These classmates had been working as NA while in school and didn't get RN jobs for several months after graduation. As the OP noted, it was to fill the gap & pay the bills til they could start as RNs. It may not be doable everywhere but it has been done some places.

    I've heard the argument about being held to a higher standard... well, fine, I'd expect that as a professional, the NA/RN would be practicing to the best of their ability and knowledge. The NA/RN's responsiblity should end upon letting a patient's assigned RN of any problems. So as long as there's sufficient staffing to take of patient nursing needs, the NA/RN shouldn't end up in any compromising situations. There IS greater risk of liability as an RN, which means the NA/RN must accept responsiblity for protecting their license if there is risk of its compromise, such as if the NA/RN was being counted as part of RN staffing or if they were being delegated RN responsibilities in addition to their NA work.

    It just seems unreasonable to me to expect nursing graduates to be essentially forced to immediately quit their jobs as NAs upon receiving their RN licensure even though it may be months before securing a job as an RN.
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    You have experience from your work in the UK. Agencies are more likely to recognize your experience as there are many agencies that will hire people right out of school. However, you can't expect orientation from them. You would get a brief orientation to the unit on the job but then would be expected to jump right in and function. I'm sure that with your prior experience you could handle it. I had a friend in school that went to work for an agency with no experience and she did ok although she said it was difficult for her.
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    Hello sam1998. I noticed this post of yours was about a year ago. Are you working as an RN now? When you were applying to other hospitals while working as a CNA with your RN license, did you list your current work experience as a CNA on your applications? I am just wondering because I am in the same boat you were going through. Will the other hospitals you're applying to look at that wrong with you working as a CNA with your RN license and may not consider you as a potential candidate for their hospital?
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    Caliotter3, do you know which agency your classmate worked for that hired her right out of school? Thanks!

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