Wiggly Litchi 476 Posts Aug 8, 2017 Hey everyone!I was thinking about becoming a cna while taking classes for my RN. If any of you started out as a cna, can you give me some information on how it was? I want to work in a hospital as a cna so would that even be possible? What about the type of units you worked on? Do they allow cna in the labor and delivery unit? Please share!My CNA classes were about 12 weeks long; 1 day of skills-lab per week, plus online teaching, and 40hrs of clinicals.Check your local job market - here in my little corner of the states, they only really hire CNAs in hospitals after they have 1yr of experience; anything under that and you're going to be working in LTC/Rehab.The scope of practice in LTC/Rehab is much less...'glamorous' (as if CNA work was glam to begin with haha), but for the most part, things like vitals are taken by the nurse so you'll only really get to help with ADLs (feeding, bathing, clothing, changing etc) and maybe even some light housekeeping, but that depends on the facility.That being said, it really depends on what the job market is like in your area - the city I lived in prior to my current residence had a wonderful hospital that took on fresh CNAs and gave them lots of room to learn and grow; it was an awesome place As a final note - Being a CNA isn't a bad thing if you have the time for it (while you're working on your RN); even if you're in an LTCF, you'll pick up on things and learn a few tricks that you'll carry with you throughout your career.