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CNA training during COVID

Nurse Beth Nurse Beth, MSN (Columnist) Educator Columnist Innovator Expert Nurse

Specializes in Med Surg, Tele, ICU, Ortho.

Dear Nurse Beth,

I actually am not a student yet. I want to get into nursing and work at a hospital. I was thinking I would possibly start as nursing assistant and then start nursing school as soon as I can afford it and then once I am finished with school I would work as an RN. A big problem I am running into is that just about every nursing assistant job wants the candidate to be a certified nursing assistant. I am not certified so I also have been trying to look up some CNA programs to get into so I can be certified and then get a job as a CNA.

The problem with that right now is finding a program. I cannot seem to find any programs right now due to COVID-19. I was wondering if you had any suggestions on how I can best go about either getting a job as a nursing assistant or getting certified. I would love to be certified I just cannot seem to find any classes anywhere right now. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

Dear Wants CNA certification,

Many CNA programs are temporarily shut down depending on location. Even if they could manage social distancing in the classroom, they will be challenged finding clinical sites.

You're right, most hospitals hire only CNAs or second semester nurses. Your best bet is to start on your pre-requisites and land whatever you are able to right now.

Sorry, I know that is not what you wanted to hear. In the meantime, keep checking back with the CNA training schools as this situation is very fluid.

Best wishes,

Nurse Beth


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