Continued from Part 1

Some of the most exciting and amazing CNA jobs and workplaces we have found include these first three of six:

#1 CNA at a Skilled Nursing Center

Generally, you will find that most starting CNAs will work in a skilled nursing facility of some kind. The reason that this is the starting job for many CNAs is very simple: There is rapid turnover in skilled nursing care. This job does require a lot of work during your eight or 12 hour shift, and you will probably be undergoing a good deal of stress as you care for many patients at once.

Many of these facilities have a high number of patients and a shortage of CNAs, so you can expect to be busy. The good news is that you will gain a great deal of experience as a skilled nursing center CNA. You can quickly decide if you want to stay in this type of work, or if you want to leverage the experience to work in a CNA in other areas.

If you want to be hired as a CNA here, you should do really well during your clinical hours in your education program. If you demonstrate a good work ethic and that you can work as a team member, the employer will probably notice.

Advantages

  • High level of job security;
  • excellent possibility of moving into other types of facilities;
  • full time and overtime work available;
  • benefits often offered;
  • excellent environment to grow nursing skills fast.

Disadvantages

  • You may be overworked at times;
  • managing many patients at once takes work;
  • higher stress.

#2 CNA at a Home Health Aide Employer

Many experienced CNAs report that a home health aide agency may be the best CNA job available. These jobs will normally pay the same wage as what a skilled nursing center pays. The upside in this role is that you usually only have to work with one patient at a time.

Many CNAs who usually have to work with 10-20 patients at once often move into home health aide roles eventually if they can. You can decide to apply for this type of CNA position right out of school, though. Your employer may have to take some time to find you a client so that you can begin your work. In the meantime, you can work as a CNA in a nursing home to gain experience.

Advantages

  • Less stress than other CNA positions;
  • one patient rather than multiple patients;
  • 24 hour shifts may be available for some patients.

Disadvantages

  • Patients may transition to nursing homes over time;
  • patients pass away and you may need to find a replacement every few months.

#3 CNA at a Hospital

Hospital jobs as a CNA are always sought after by many in this field. Working in a hospital is often thought of as one of the best in the entire CNA field. However, these jobs are harder to get. Most people attempt to secure this type of position by checking the website for the hospital they want to work in the most. The best hope in this situation is to continue to apply.

A good idea is to try to find someone you know who works at the hospital who may be able to steer your resume to the right person. Another good idea is to volunteer at that hospital on the side as your job allows. Many people can eventually move into a paying position after they volunteer for a few months.

It’s natural for employers generally to hire someone they know is trained and does a good job.

Advantages

  • Full time work week;
  • good benefits;
  • well trained medical staff;
  • strong job security;
  • higher starting pay usually

Disadvantages

  • Difficult job to break into

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