lost my first CNA job because of age

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Hey everyone. My name is joseph and i've just became a new CNA. I plan to move up in the nursing field to become a RN. But as of right now im 17 years old going into my senior year. And im trying to get a job at a nursing home so i can gain experience. Its been so hard but i finally 'thought' i found a job at this nursing home down the street from my house. I went through orientation and was officially hired until i got a call the morning of the first day i was suppose to work... The employer noticed in the computer system that im 17... She called and said i had to be 18 to work there due to legal, liability, restriction reasons which i understand but at the same time it's obviously very disappointing. To make a long story short. I have yet to find a job as a CNA here in Washington state and i was wondering if anyone has any advice for me on what i could do to find a job? Should i just wait till im 18? Volunteer at a nursing home or hospital to gain experience? Internship? Keep looking? Can i do in-home care? What should i do now? If you have taken the time to read this and will reply with any advice thank you and bless you. -Joseph

schnookimz

schnookimz

983 Posts

You could try volunteering if you're up for it. I'm pretty sure you have to be 18 to be employed as a cna everywhere. Good luck. You seem very motivated!

~Shrek~

~Shrek~

330 Posts

Why did they wait to check that requirement until AFTER you were employed? I am sorry that happened!

YoungMaleCNA

YoungMaleCNA

30 Posts

You could try volunteering if you're up for it. I'm pretty sure you have to be 18 to be employed as a cna everywhere. Good luck. You seem very motivated!

Thanks! I think thats what im going to do.

YoungMaleCNA

YoungMaleCNA

30 Posts

Why did they wait to check that requirement until AFTER you were employed? I am sorry that happened!

I know its pretty ridiculous

mirandaaa

mirandaaa

Specializes in PCT, RN. Has 3 years experience. 588 Posts

Try doing home health!

I think a big reason why they denied you is because you have to be 18+ to use the mechanical lifts and some other equipment. It would be too difficult to have someone on the schedule that is unable to perform these tasks (especially in LTC).

Home health would be good because they could be more flexible with giving you clients that do not require mechanical lifts.

Good luck!

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience. 9,051 Posts

PP's information is spot-on. OSHA rules as well as state & local health/safety rules will most likely limit any jobs with "hazardous" job exposure to those >18; some situations may even be >21 years old.

Kudos to OP for motivation & can-do attitude!!!