Work for only three months?

  1. Hi!!

    I'm a new CNA and need help deciding if I should look for a job or not. The reason behind my hesitance is because I've applied and interviewed for an LPN school (11 months full time) that starts January 2013 and I have a strong feeling I am going to make it. I don't want to start a job and then quit damaging any opportunity at that facility where I could have a chance later as an LPN and/or my resume. What if I tell them I could possibly being accepted to that school and that I will then "possibly" work for three months only. Would they let me? I don't want to stay at home doing "nothing" (career related) when I could be using my skills.

    Any feedback is appreciated!
    Last edit by MyGenesis on Sep 27, '12
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  3. by   Meriwhen
    No matter how strong your feeling is, the reality is that you haven't been accepted to school yet. So if you don't want to sit at home doing nothing, start looking at CNA jobs in the meantime because you don't know for sure what you will be doing in January.

    Also, nothing says that you have to give up working as a CNA when school starts--you could drop down to working part-time or per-diem. And working while in school may not be all that will not only give you healthcare experience but will allow you to network and make contacts. It will also make you an internal candidate for positions when you do become a LVN--it won't guarantee you a nursing job at graduation, but it will boost your chances.

    Best of luck whatever you decide!
  4. by   DutchRN09
    Do what Meriwhen said...start working, and then if you are accepted into school, great, many employers provide tuition payment assistance, plus you migth love your work and they may hire you once you are a nurse. Awesome opportunity to get your foot in the door. Good luck.
  5. by   MyGenesis
    Hello!!! Thanks for taking the time and giving me your perspective. I really appreciate it. My scenario changed...I received their acceptance letter yesterday, so I will be a full-time LPN student in January 2013!!

    My question now would be if I should tell my potential employer about me leaving or going part-time when schools starts in three months.

    Thanks everybody!!
  6. by   Meriwhen
    In this case, since you now know for certain that you are going to LVN school, I would be upfront about it. It does cost time and money to train staff, even CNAs, and they'll be ticked if after all that training you bail in three months and they had no clue.

    Unless money is an issue right now...instead of seeking full-time work before you start school, why not just start out looking for part-time or per-diem? Like both of us prior posters said, working while in nursing school does has advantages, even if it's only a couple of shifts a week. Also, the odds are good that you could probably pick up full-time hours (or close to it) for the three months prior to school starting. That's how I would do it if I were you.

    Best of luck whatever you decide!