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NEW CNA GRADUATE!

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Hello All,

I recently graduated from a CNA course here in South Florida (Feb. 17) and I was wondering if it is actually possible to work being just certified rather than licensed? If so, is there a significant difference in pay? Currently unemployed, I can't afford the $127 to obtain licensure. My plan is to do some private duty work and await my acceptance letter into the LPN program for the June start date. (soo excited)!!!! Thanks in advance for any repsonses!! :heartbeat

fuzzywuzzy, CNA

Specializes in LTC. Has 3 years experience.

I'm not sure what you mean. If took a CNA course and passed the test, then you're a certified nursing assistant, and you can work as a CNA until you finish LPN school and pass the NCLEX.

I think she is saying she graduated the class but hasnt taken the state exam yet. I think some places will let you work for 90-120 days before you take the state exam and get certified. (but so far a friend of mine has had no luck.she failed the state exam and most places are telling her she needs the certification,before they will hire her)

I think she is saying she graduated the class but hasnt taken the state exam yet. I think some places will let you work for 90-120 days before you take the state exam and get certified. (but so far a friend of mine has had no luck.she failed the state exam and most places are telling her she needs the certification,before they will hire her)

Thanks for your responses ladies! That's exactly what I meant. So basically I have to take the state test in order to work. I'm sorry your friend has had a hard time. Is she planning to retest? I heard the examiners are no joke! Well, I' m going to try and find some folks who just need assistance going to the store, Dr's appt's, salon (lol) etc... and go from there. Hopefully, I can do this while in school to earn some money. Thanks again!!

Hi favored.....your welcome and thanks so much for asking about my friend. she is gonna retest march 9th . send her prayers(please) I feel so bad for her. btw . we became friends thru our CNA course:D GOODLUCK TO YOU in all future endeavors,I'm sure you'll do well.{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}Michelle

Most places allow you to work 90 days without being state certified, so long as you passed the course. Go ahead and apply. I'm working as a CNA right now, having finished my class at the end of January and not testing till March. You might be able to find something :)

Hi Michelle, just checking in to see what's new on the site. Thanks for the well wishes and I'm keeping your friend in my prayers, Lord knows, I would want someone to do the same for me ;)

thanks favored1 her test is today. I hope and pray she passes this time! I will let ya know.

V9611

Specializes in CNA.

I am pretty sure you can work as a CNA for 60-120 days, it is different for each state, i think...Then you have to get your certification by taking the state exam, you can call the health department in your state to find out... Good luck:flwrhrts:

Hi CNAMichelle, How did things fair out for your friend? I hope it's good news. Been offline for a few days, I'm back in business now though! Well, look forward to hearing from ya. BTW, I've applied for a few CNA jobs and haven't heard anything yet but I'll keep hope alive, lol!

Hi Favored,I made a post about it,my friend didnt pass again!!! I feel soo bad for her. she has failed 3 times now,and she is appealing the first one(long story) but if they deny her appeal she has to re-take the whole class,and our old NAT manager told me that she cant retest for 2 yrs! I just feel really bad for her. thanks so much for asking tho! you are a sweetheart!

Don't have any advice but congratulations on becoming a CNA!

CNAMichelle thanks for the compliment. Oh my, my sympathy goes outt to her. Is she checking exactly what she has done wrong? Maybe goo back to her instructor? At our school, the instructor was great, she will work with me now if I needed it as long as she has the lab available or even a classroom. She will make it! Giving up is NOT AN OPTION!! I'm nervous about taking mine, which I hope will be sooner than later. I have applied for different CNA positions but haven't received any responses just yet. I even called some of the staffing agencies and they stated "you have to have at least 1 year experience and certification!" Urgh....I won't let it get me down though. If I have to take a Unit Secretary position instead of the CNA then soo be it! I'm not knocking Unit Secretaries, you all are great! Here in South Florida, some of the facilities will not even hire you as a U.S unless you went to school for it. But anywho, it will all work out in my favor, hence my user name;)

i plan on challenging the cna exam i am an lpn and have not worked for several years just reactivated my lpn in ny and have some classes to take to apply for endorsement in fl i feel pretty confident about the written exam and was able to find a clinical skills course starting monday any suggestions on what material to read for written exam any help would be appreciated thanks in advance

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