I’m a new CNA and cannot find a job anywhere! I’ve applied at nursing homes, doctors offices and hospitals. Either they’re not hiring or they want a CNA with experience. How do I get experience if I can’t get a job? HELP!
It can be catch 22 situation for sure. It has little to do with the current state of the economy as well; I’ve been asked this question for 20 years now. Nurses sometimes have the same problems with gaining employment. My advice is to apply to work at an assisted living home- they usually don’t require CNA’s but it won’t hurt to be one. Another option might be to apply to nursing homes and hospitals as a housekeeper or dietary worker….don’t snub your nose at this! Once you get your foot in the door, opportunities are bound to come along much faster. Just about every health care facility prefers to promote from within; this saves tons of money on training, benefits and the like. I started my nursing career in the kitchen of the local hospital…from there I went to the Med Surg floor and then onward to another facility. It was good experience to. Working outside the nursing department can give one an objective view of the work involved. Hang in there. It might take you several months to land the job you want. Keep applying; keep sending resumes and keep in touch with hiring managers. Be persistent but not pesky. Be polite and patient. Good luck!