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 LTC facility, and would like to keep working there until I get closer to starting a RN job this summer. I would like to keep working there after I get my licensure, to fill the gap until I begin a RN position.
I remember one of my instructors telling us that once we are licensed as RNs here, we cannot work in a position designated as a CNA, because we will be licensed as RNs. I don't know if she was talking about hospitals, LTC, or both. I'm concerned that I will have to quit my job sooner than I would like to, because of this issue. I tried contacting HR at my work, but haven't gotten a response. Does anyone have any insight?
Many employers don't have a say (nor would you) in whether or not you get paid as a CNA vs. RN. Many have rules, union or otherwise, that say that if you have an RN license, you get paid as an RN. Period. It varies from employer to employer, of course, but you simply may not be able to waive your pay once you get your license.
I'm re-reading your above post. I guess if HR says it's OK, then it's OK. Sounds like it's settled then.
Last edit by -MNC_RN- on May 6, '08
: Reason: I wasn't finished talking OKAY??
May 8, '08
I find that my working in a nonprofessional capacity after licensure is stunting my professional development. Far better IMO to get started ASAP.
FWIW the MPLS VA is looking for new grad applicants.
Last edit by HM2VikingRN on May 8, '08