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Has 4 years experience.

Are any of you CNA's RNA's? If so, did you pay for training or did the facility you work for train you? Now that you are an RNA, do you do both the CNA & RNA duties when you work your shift or just RNA duties? Deets please! I am planning on getting my RNA cert as soon as I finish my CNA. Thanks in advance!

auscultate

Has 5 years experience.

Most of the time you can be an RNA at any rehab facility you choose to work for, they will train you in house. If you cant find a facility to train you in house, then volunteer at a sports medicine/orthopedics rehab facility. They will either hire you as a rehab assistant, or you'll gain enough experience to work as a RNA in a long term care facility. If you're interested in rehab I'd volunteer at a sports medicine/orthopedics rehab facility, you'll learn more and the pay is MUCH better.

Nursing24/7

Has 4 years experience.

I am VERY interested in rehab for the elderly so this was a great help. Thank you for the tips!

auscultate

Has 5 years experience.

No problem. Having your CNA helps a lot. Being interested in rehab you'll end up a lot of places. I've worked in a orthopedics office where I first met the patient to have surgery, then I volunteered in an OR to see said surgery performed, then worked on an ortho floor of a hospital where I helped the same patients recover enough to go to rehab. Then I worked in ambulatory rehab where I helped same patients get their strength back, and I also worked LTC where I helped patients that needed extended care for a month or so to get better. I encourage you to do the same as it is fun and eye opening to see the entire process.