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When Do I Apply?

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Has 1 years experience.

Hello everyone!

I'm relatively new to the nursing world and I plan on going for my CNA license this summer. The class runs for about a month, and I'm looking to get a job at a LTC facility so I can add experience when I apply to the CoN at the university I attend in January. Now I was wondering do I wait to apply until after I'm certified, or can I apply for a position when I'm in the program? Or does it vary between facilities? Thanks a bunch

blaundee

Has 15 years experience.

Usually CNA classes require you to do clinicals at different facilities. During these, I'd suggest really checking out the facility- pay close attention to the staffing ratio, and get to know the other aides. Also the the time to have a chat with the DON, and tell her that you might be applying soon. Use clinicals as your interviews for both jobs and referrals.

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GhostGal1996, CNA

Has 1 years experience.

What if my clinicals are only at one facility? Would that make a difference?

blaundee

Has 15 years experience.

What if my clinicals are only at one facility? Would that make a difference?

Why will your clinicals be at only one facility? Are they training you in house? Either way - Do your absolute best, be sure the higher ups (including the DON and the charge nurse) know your name, be as hands on as possible (don't stand there watching the CNA, jump in and help - you can at least hand her some wipes! If you aren't allowed to feed residents, sit as close to the action as you can to learn) and make friends with everyone possible. They'll be good references later on.

Fwiw most CNA programs send you to several locations for clinicals.

GhostGal1996, CNA

Has 1 years experience.

I think it might be a tech school thing. Or it could be a Wisconsin thing. But I'm thinking it's more of a tech school thing. And thanks for the advice. I'm really looking forward to everything :)