I just recently got a job as a CNA at one of the major learning hospitals in my area. I am really excited b/c they really let the CNA's do a lot more than I have been able to do as a student. I am hoping that with this position in such a large hospital...it will make it easier for me to get a job as a new hire once I graduate. What do you think? I have good grades and I am sure will leave a good impression on my floor. Thanks for your comments.
Jun 16, '11
It will definitely help you with making contacts and networking, as well as gaining healthcare (but not nursing) experience. Plus you're already an employee so you should (not always) get hiring preference for jobs. However it's no longer the guaranteed "in" for nursing jobs that it used to be--a few of my classmates who were CNAs or PCTs were not picked up as RNs at the hospitals they worked at.
So there are definitely benefits to doing it, but don't rely on it as your only source of job hunting.