Getting a Job Before CNA Certification

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    Hello, All:

    I recently completed my CNA class and cliinicals and I am waiting to take the certification exam. I know that I cannot apply to any nursing homes before certification per DHEC, but Palmetto Health, Providence, and Lexington will allow you to apply and give time to take the exam if hired. I have applied to all 3 and received the "no thank you" emails from 2 of them. I really need a job! I made an 'A' in the class and received an 'A' for clinicals from LMC Extended Care. I would like to deliver my resume and application in person to these locations.

    Does anyone know if there is any way I can get my application information into the "right hands" so that I can at least get a chance? I will be starting Clinicals in the ADN program at Midlands Tech this upcoming spring which is why I wanted to get a jump on my learning and become a CNA. I know that you can try to get an Aide placement after taking Nursing 101, but I can't afford to wait that long to look for a job. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I am not scheduled for my certification exam until August 18th, but I have gotten my CPR certification.

    Thanks!
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    I'm not really sure on the rules of the whole thing. I would just apply to as many places as possible..the worst they can do is say no. Go ahead and get that exam done so you can have more options. Good luck!
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    Have you thought about doing caregiver work in clients homes in the meantime before you take your test? When is your test scheduled for? I received mine in AZ and another license here in SC by transferring it, sorta. I know in AZ they told me the same thing about getting a job before I get my certification and no one would hire me. So as soon as I got my CNA cert, I think a week later i got a call and got hired. good luck!!!!
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    Thanks for the replies. At this point, I am just going to wait to take my test and get certified. I applied for the test date of 8/16 and am waiting to hear if I got it. I have some money in the bank, so I am just going to hold off on any more cold calls, study for my Finals, and then get certified. God has helped me to get this far so I know he'll help me to get even farther and keep a roof over my head and food in the fridge!

    Thanks again!


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