Can CNAs work one 12h shift a week?

  1. I am a nursing student interested in working as a CNA. I would only like to work one (12 hour) shift a week so that I can devote most of my time to my classes. Is this possible for hospitals to work CNAs only one shift per week? Or, what is the usual work schedule for CNAs who are nursing students?
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  3. by   Pixie.RN
    You would have to check with your local hospitals to see what they offer. If you obtain a job that is not full-time, then yes, there would be fewer shifts per week. Good luck!
  4. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from LindseyPar
    I am a nursing student interested in working as a CNA. I would only like to work one (12 hour) shift a week so that I can devote most of my time to my classes. Is this possible for hospitals to work CNAs only one shift per week? Or, what is the usual work schedule for CNAs who are nursing students?
    It's possible, but as a new employee, you're less likely to get your choice of schedules. Hospital jobs (as opposed to nursing homes) are also more competitive positions for CNAs. As someone new to the field with a restricted schedule, you may not be the chosen candidate.
    If you live in an area that's not saturated with new graduate nurses, you might find a hospital willing to hire you and accommodate you with the hope that you'll stay on as a nurse after graduation.
    Good luck!
  5. by   babeinboots
    Yes, apply for a per diem position at the hospitals. I did this during nursing school and was only obligated to one shift a week but could pick up more hours if I wanted to. It worked out perfectly. I could work less and focus on school if it was a difficult class or a big test coming up but still work full time when my school schedule allowed.

    Like a previous poster mentioned, these positions are often very competitive but you can't be considered if you don't apply. Good luck!
  6. by   verene
    Yes, it is possible, but the jobs may or may not be available at the time you are applying. You may find a set-schedule low hour/week job or you may have better luck working per-diem if you need a flexible schedule and low hours.

    Be forewarned that hospital CNA jobs in some locations can be extremely competitive, and that as a new CNA & new employee your preference of schedule may not be accommodated. You may have better luck finding a part-time job in an assisted living facility or nursing home. (Particularly if you are willing to work nights/evenings/weekends)
  7. by   RNperdiem
    If you are willing to work per diem, and maybe staff in the float pool, you can work one day a week. It helps if the shift you want is on a night, weekend or any time they need people the most.
  8. by   KelRN215
    Per diem is the only way it would work anywhere I've worked. Permanent positions required 20 hrs/week minimum.
  9. by   VivaLasViejas
    I worked casual as a hospital CNA when I was in nursing school. I usually worked weekend nights, and then I did full-time hours during breaks. It was definitely a worthwhile venture.
  10. by   Aunt Slappy
    Just look for places hiring for PRN.
  11. by   chacha82
    I did. Look for a PRN or float position. Towards the end of school I worked more, but the first two semesters I only worked once a week.
  12. by   RNNPICU
    Depends on what you are hired for. For example... you cannot apply for a full time position and then tell them you can only wokr one shift a week. There are part time positions, but you would need to ask them and see what is available.
  13. by   KarenMS
    I worked one 8 hour shift a week as a CNA at the hospital through school. (I also had another PRN job at another facility, but just saying it's possible to find a low commitment job)
  14. by   Ddestiny
    When I was in LPN school I worked every other weekend. Granted this was in an Assisted Living facility and I had already worked there FT before school so it was a fairly easy transition. Some places like taking in nursing students because they hope that they'll come to work for them as nurses. The hospital calls CNAs with a certain amount of nursing school experience (at least one semester, maybe? Honestly not sure) "Student Nurse Aides" and pays them a little more than the other CNAs. You might look out for positions like that. Since they understand you're in school they might be more open to working around your schedule. But also remember that because you only have one day per week to offer them, you're probably going to have to work an undesirable shift... weekends, nights, etc. On the other hand, those shifts usually come with a shift differential so you'll get more $$ for your time.

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