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Want to quit my CNA job

nest2020 nest2020 (New) New Student


Im a brand new CNA. Just started at a hospital in April and just got off orientation one month ago. I've never done CNA work before so its been very overwhelming and hard to adjust. I already want to quit. I work night shift and I feel anxious before my shift and just dread it all week. It is not the CNA job itself that I dread, its more of the nightshift and feeling like im expected to know what I am doing and be quick. I already have another job as a medical assistant during the day and I am in nursing school as well. I started CNA bc I thought it would be great for me to get my feet in the door since Im in nursing school but I think its all just getting to be too much for me, especially with nursing school going virtual and its 10x's harder now. I feel like a failure and very discouraged. I feel like I am letting myself down because my overall goal is to become a nurse. I tried getting day shift, but unfortunately with COVID they are low census and already have enough staff for AM shift. My question now is, how do I quit? I don't want to leave on a bad note at all! I just don't know what to say after only being there for 2.5 months and waisting their time training me. PLEASE HELP!! THANK YOU!! (please I already feel like crap, no negative comments please)

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education.

You have a night shift CNA job, a day shift MA job, AND you’re in nursing school? No wonder you dread it and want to quit- that is far too much to be taking on. Please, don’t let what gives be you as a person. Something definitely needs to come off your plate.

All you need to say in your resignation is thank you for the opportunity. This letter serves as my 2 weeks notice. My last shift will be X.


Specializes in LTC.

How about going PRN at the CNA facility?

Just to tell you, at many places, new CNAs, esp young nsg students, seem to have a hard time. It's part of the system that long-time experienced older CNAs are less-than-welcoming to newbies. Sad that I've seen it many times. It's not you! Kind of like some nurses are to new nurses. You'll prob excel in a little while.

PP Rose Queen did nail it when she commented that you do seem to have a VERY FULL plate.


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