You may have heard the rumors that CNA training graduates without at least one solid year of experience as a CNA aren’t employable. While this may be true in certain areas (and we’d love to hear from you if this is a particular problem in your area), it’s certainly not true for every area. Here are some very recent job postings that required only CNA training and state certification.
Oregon CNA Training Graduate Opportunities
The Oregon Adventist Medical Center recently (April 2012) advertised for the following CNA training graduate position:
Medically Involved Children’s Program CNA/PCA Department Western Health Resources Position pays $10.00-11.00 per hour with varied hours of employment.
The CNA training graduate hired for this position will be responsible for providing assistance with activities of daily living and homemaking to clients usually in their place of residence. Responsibilities include following the service/care plan set up for the client, by the client or client’s representative and case manager.
Qualifications for this position include possession of a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. The position requires flexibility to work all shifts including but not limited to weekend, holiday, day and night shifts. Benefits offered for full and part time employees include – Medical, dental, vision, a retirement plan, life insurance, vacations, and credit union membership.
Educational Requirements are past CNA certification or six months past verifiable care giver experience. Experience working with special needs children preferred.
NY, New York CNA Training Graduate Opportunities
The only requirement for the following position is that the applicant is a certified nursing assistant. No prior experience is listed. The job opportunity is as follows: Immediate opening for CNA training graduates who are State of New York certified. Newly renovated group home with a capacity for a maximum of 25 residents. Excellent working conditions for those committed to working with dementia patients. Experience with activities a plus but not required. Part time and full time positions available.
Currently, there are over 350 job openings in NY and New Jersey for CNA training graduates.
So, as you can see, we took two extremes. Oregon, a mid-western state and NY, a bustling, well populated city. Both have plenty of opportunities and not many of the positions we looked at required prior training.
Are You Ready for CNA Training?
Are you ready to take advantage of what could be a highly enjoyable and rewarding career? Even if you only use this opportunity to get your foot in the door of the medical field and test the waters (so to speak) to find out if the health care industry is for you, that’s just fine. Worst case scenario is the fact that you’ll always have a career to fall back on. Keep your certification current, and you’ll be able to pick up part time work or odd hours to make ends meet or even to tide you over in between jobs. For some, CNA training leads to a lifelong career, but for others, it provides a nice buffer and extra pay in times of need.
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