How Much Experience is Enough?

  1. Hi everyone

    Currently, I'm a CNA at an ALF, and this month marks my 8 months there. My mom, who happens to be a nurse herself, suggested it was time to find a position at a hospital. I did in fact find one that sounds promising, and they say it is an entry level position. I was just wondering if 8 months is enough, especially for a hospital (even though it is an entry level position). I know working as a CNA is good experience for a future nursing career, but would working in a hospital setting help out in the long run? Any advice would be much appreciated!
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    About TitanGal1996, CNA Pro

    Joined: Apr '17; Posts: 14; Likes: 2
    CNA; from WI , US
    Specialty: <1 year(s) of experience

    3 Comments

  3. by   Sour Lemon
    Enough for what, exactly ...to get hired? to do well in the position? The first one depends on your local job market and a million other variables. The second one is highly variable, as well.
    Your mom probably knows the market in your area better than we do. And of course, she knows your level of ability better, too.
    Good luck!
  4. by   TitanGal1996
    Ah, sorry, meant to say enough experience to get hired because a lot of hospital postings around my are prefer you have hospital experience before applying. This one said it was entry level, which surprised me. But thanks!
  5. by   Missingyou
    No harm in trying!
    I've heard generally 6 months long term care experience. I've also heard of cna being hired directly out of training. Like the poster above said, it just depends.

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