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Does volunteering as a CNA gonna help me find the job easier?

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Specializes in LTC. Has 2 years experience.

I am a new grad CNA and already applied lots of places but still didn't receive any call back yet cos I never work in my life before so I don't have any work experience at all. So I'm planning to volunteer as a CNA in the NH or Hospital for a while. So my question is, if I volunteer to work at the NH or Hospital does it help me get the job cos by then I guess the people there would know me well and how helpful I am. Is this volunteer method would able to help me get the CNA job? I just hope that after I volunteer to work at their place for a while and they would hire me cos I am a very hard working person. But for now I'm planning to volunteer at this NH cos it closer to my house.

Please let me know is this method gonna work or not!!!

escapebigd

Has 5 years experience.

What do you mean volunteer as a CNA?

As far as I know you can't do any patient care as a volunteer. I know when I volunteer I get to gather supplies, and observe, but I can't do anything that CNAs do like Peri care, showering, taking vitals, etc. Have you tried applying for a job where you did your clinicals? I think volunteering has a lot of benefits and I do believe it looks better on your resume than nothing.

tavia_yeung

Specializes in LTC. Has 2 years experience.

What do you mean volunteer as a CNA?

As far as I know you can't do any patient care as a volunteer. I know when I volunteer I get to gather supplies, and observe, but I can't do anything that CNAs do like Peri care, showering, taking vitals, etc. Have you tried applying for a job where you did your clinicals? I think volunteering has a lot of benefits and I do believe it looks better on your resume than nothing.

What I mean is that I am certified so when I'm volunteering can I do the tasks that other CNA are doing like do I get to do direct patient care? I understand that volunteer can't do the job that other CNA do cos they probably not certified yet, but I'm already certified so can I do the CNA job as a volunteer cos that's how I get the experience.

Also can some1 please let me know whether volunteering can help me get a CNA job at the place that I'm doing the volunteering? And like how long do I have to volunteering to get that job?

PLEASE, SOMEONE HELP ME ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS!!! THANKS!!!

Edited by tavia_yeung

escapebigd

Has 5 years experience.

No you can not do patient care, I'm pretty sure even if you were a nurse you couldn't do patient care if your volunteering, but to know for sure ask the volunteering coordinator. I'm a CNA and during orientation they advised me that I can't do any patient care. The best answer I can give you is theres no sure bet volunteering will help. If you make it obvious your just volunteering to get a job and you dont really care I doubt you will get good references from there to help you get a job. A lot of hospitals also have a minimum amount that you must volunteer. Like Methodist where I volunteer it is a minimum of 4 hours a week or 80 hours a year. There are a lot of benefits to volunteering and I hope even when you get a job you will continue to volunteer. I wish you luck in finding a good job, but again its up in the air if volunteering will help and there isn't a timeline really.

tavia_yeung

Specializes in LTC. Has 2 years experience.

Thank you very much escapebigd for your reply and advice!!! It was very helpful!!!

I volunteered in a county health clinic just to gain experience while doing my Med. Assistant training. I was not looking to get a job there because I wanted to work in a doctor's office.

Well, two days after I left the county clinic to beging my M.A. extership at a doctor's office, the D.O.N called me at the doctor's office to give me the a job.

As a volunteer I was doing vitals, body weight and assisting during pap smears because their regular nurse attendant died in a car accident.

Unfortunately, I wasn't a CNA back then and couldn't take the position.

During the summer I was laid off, I took the CNA and filled an application and put the volunteer experience from back then, and was hired.

I thought I was going to take a pay cut, but as a CNA, they started me at 2300.00/month!

tavia_yeung

Specializes in LTC. Has 2 years experience.

Very appreciated for sharing your experience work&play cos it was helpful to me as well!!! If the places that I applied for not call me in for interview then I'm planning to start volunteering at the beginning of December cos I already staying home 2 months and having nothing to do which is so boring!!!

By the way, I'm very admire you that after you put in your CNA application you get hired right away. I hope that after I do volunteering that I get a better chance of hiring too!!!