RN working as a CNA

  1. I'm a new grad. The advice I keep getting is to get a CNA certificate so I can get a job in the hospital since it's hard to get a RN job in NYC with an ASN. Anyone did this?
  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   ga_super
    That's the dumbest idea I've ever heard. You're held responsible to your highest license, so if anything were to go wrong with the patient you will be held responsible as an RN even though you're employed as a cna. Also no hospital will hire you as a cna because of what I just said.
  4. by   PinkEagle
    I'm not sure how it works in NY but in MD once you take and pass your NCLEX you are no longer allowed to work or apply as a CNA, so don't bother! Just start networking like your life depends on it and apply! My Hopkins coworker went to several job fairs in NY before she was eventually offered a job at Hopkins. So don't sell yourself short!! You're worked to hard for that!!
  5. by   caroline88
    Its a conflict of interest. You won't be able to work as a CNA if you already have your RN license.
  6. by   caliotter3
    My state took away CNA certificates from licensed nurses. Nurses who want to work in CNA positions must present their nursing license in order to get hired.