Hello all. First off apologies if my posting here is out of line -- I'm a CNA and a medical school applicant, not a nurse. I work in a nursing home in upstate New York. I've worked with assisted living, skilled nursing, and rehab patients, and would gladly do all of these again and more.
I'm planning on moving to New York City this summer and looking for work as a CNA. As nurses who often supervise and work with CNAs and similar workers, I was wondering if any of you could fill me in on what the job scene is like:
1. Are there any hospitals, rehab centers, or nursing homes in Manhattan or Brooklyn that you would definitely recommend (or NOT recommend) I apply to?
2. How cutthroat is the CNA market in NYC? My father was born and raised in the big apple core, and he suspects I'd need a bit of cunning, and certainly be able to recognize it in fellow job applicants, relative to a similar position upstate.
3. My father suspects paying decently, but then understaffing and overworking CNAs, is the only game in town in NYC. Would you concur?
3. Frankly, are most of the CNAs you've worked with in the city any good? I'm very professional and dependable, and [gasp] even personable with the residents, and the place I presently work has high standards for this sort of thing. We don't hire slackers, thieves, drug users. I think I would burn out very quickly in a setting where my attempts at professionalism were the butt of every other CNA's jokes.:angryfire
4. Are patients / residents in NYC noticeably more difficult or demanding toward the lowlier workers than in other parts of the country you've worked?
5. What should I ask for my stating salary, if I have one year of experience and currently make $10/h?
6. Finally, with a valid New York State license, are my chances of landing a CNA job in Manhattan or Brooklyn even that good? I've seen hardly any ads in papers or the Net for CNA jobs in the city, in contrast to here upstate. I don't mean to sound daunted or defeatist, but a part of me wonders why they'd take a fresh faced dude from Upstate over a slew of pretty, tough-as-nails, bilingual Spanish speaking local women for a CNA job downstate.
Where DO you find people looking for CNAs in NYC? Is this the kind of job you all but need a connection, or an agent, to land?
Thanks for all your help