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Can't find a job as a CNA....

My license expires on 08/11/2013 and so I am really trying to find a job because I don't wanna retake the course. I know I have time, but not a lot. I applied everywhere, but they always say it got filled.. etc. I am a male which there are a lot of males working as a CNA on this days. I know it is not a requirement to work as a CNA to become a nurse, but I wanted to learn and help people. I think I won't find a job, so I should just give up soon and stay at UPS as a part-time while going for the BSN if science degree in nursing.

At least I will work very less and it is a good company. At least I didn't pay, financial aids covered all that, so I won't lose anything. But I did wasted my time :)

So my question is, do you think I am better off working as a part-time at UPS or full time as a CNA while going for nursing?

cookiemonster84

Specializes in alzheimers, hospice, dialysis.

You didnt waste your time at all. You'll make a much better nurse in the long run.

If your salary is good at ups then stay there. My bfs uncle has worked for them forever.

hi eduardolugo

congrats on getting your cna which by the way was not a waste of time. i am not sure what state you live in but finding work is hard for us all. start with the foot work, look in your local yellow pages and call all the nursing facilities listed in your area to inquiry about employment or go a step further and go to the center, introduce yourself to hr and apply. remember that not all companies advertise when they are hiring so it's your job to find them. stay positive with positive thoughts and i know you will find cna work to compliment your steps toward your bsn. keep me posted and again congrats!

Thanks!! I don't make enough at UPS, that's why I am looking for a full-time job as a CNA. I will keep trying and apply everywhere. Since I Drive, which I got my license like a year ago.. I am able to go at any facilities and apply.

If facilities aren't hiring full time try asking them about perdiem work, that way you can keep your lisence and get your foot in the door some were for when they do have an opening.

Thanks! I thought I needed to work as a full-time. If I per diem and part-time works then I don't mind! I will just stay at UPS, I don't mind 2 jobs.. I will have to change shift though for UPS, since I want 2nd or 3rd shift. I currently work from 4:00 AM to 9 AM.

I will e-mail them and let them know that.

malamud69, ADN, BSN, EMT-B

Specializes in Emergency.

Per diem, part time, many options, overnight...most LTC facilities in my neck of the woods...(the NE) can't keep enough CNA's around. Hang tough and walk right into those HR and DON offices...stay away from the electronic applications as much as possible.

Per diem, part time, many options, overnight...most LTC facilities in my neck of the woods...(the NE) can't keep enough CNA's around. Hang tough and walk right into those HR and DON offices...stay away from the electronic applications as much as possible.

OK thanks! If I see something on the internet, I will just write down the address and go in person to fill an application.

+1 to per diem/part time/etc. CNA jobs, and +1 to applying in person. Remember to put on your interview clothes (dress shirt, tie, pressed slacks & nicely polished dress shoes) when you're filling out applications as well. Also, don't be surprised when you find that the CNA positions pay less than what you're making at UPS - that's just the way it is.

Still, there's a very nice payoff - I'm in the introductory VN class, and in the top 3 in terms of grades, primarily because I work as a CNA. You'll learn A LOT about being a nurse as a CNA, no matter where you work (LTC, LTAC, Hospital, home health) so there's a very definite benefit beyond the paycheck.

----- Dave

WannaBNursey, ADN, ASN, RN

Specializes in ER, Med-surg.

If you can't find a job in a facility, check out home health agencies. I was unable to find a job at a facility when I started out and home health agencies were the only places that were willing to hire me. It's a great way to get some experience.

I had a hard time finding a job as a CNA after getting my certification as well. It took over a year but, then I applied at jobs even as a caregiver to gain experience. As a caregiver you don't make much but, it was considered experience when I was hired for my first CNA job. Even as other said home health is a good place to start too.

Thanks! I will apply anywhere to gain some experience.

Do you mind telling me what state do you live in because I might could help you.

Do you mind telling me what state do you live in because I might could help you.

I live in Massachusetts.

I'm gonna write down the addresses where they're hiring and apply. You think I should still apply if they prefer experienced CNA? They're usually looking for experienced CNA.

No chance for new CNA's at all! ;\

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