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Do I have to work as a CNA first in a nursing home before a hospital?

by tom44 on June 19, 2014

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Question by claireandmouse: Do I have to work as a CNA first in a nursing home before a hospital?
I have just signed up for my CNA’s course and am hoping to start working next spring some time. After spending time with family (grandparents and such) in retirement homes, assisted living, and nursing homes, I really have no desire to work in them…however after spending weeks with an ill mother in a hospital, I would like to work in a hospital setting…
Some people have “eluded” to the fact that it’s hard to get a hospital job right out of certification…is this the case? Or can I go right to hospitals and apply? Or do I need the nursing home or assisted living experience first?
Please, don’t answer if you don’t know.
Any CNA’s opinions would be great!

Best answer:

Answer by Paul B
You can work anywhere you like. Hospitals are always hirings CNA’s. Or you could work for a placement agency they pay the best for a CNA. Nursing homes are depressing and gross. 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Do I have to work as a CNA first in a nursing home before a hospital?

  1. poof10958 says:

    I am working my way through the CNA class in my area as we speak. My clinical site is at a promenent Hospital in the chicago area. At least one of the CNA’s we are working with also just completed the course I am taking now. SO I would guess that if you do well in class and are a natural at the nursing business you could get a job out of school with out working in a nursing home first.

  2. ladyvirgo says:

    No you can work in either, however depending on where you are located it may be easier to get a nursing home job. True it is alot of work but you get the experience and then you move on. Where I am alot of hospitals are closing, so that means all those CNA s are looking for work so it may be more competitive to get a hospital position straight out of the class. If you can secure an assisted living position I would go for it. I don’t think it is as demanding as a nursing home job. Yes…everyone needs help but if you are not a fan of cleaning up alot of incontinent patients and don’t feel you can do it , don’t do it. It’s not fair to you or the patient you are caring for. I speak from experience in the health care field and i I continue to care for clients on a daily basis

  3. adriana7766 says:

    No. I worked in a hospital first and I loved it. I’m thinking about going back. I had no problem getting a job there, I was hired before I even finished school. I don’t know how it is in your area but we get paid more in nursing homes. I honestly believe that the nursing home work is a lot easier than working in a hospital. Not to say that the work is easy, it more physical back breaking work. The hospital is more busy work, running, paper work charting, getting people to there pt ot and tests on time. But I enjoyed it more.

  4. ablockgurl says:

    It all depends on the hospital where you live. I live in Philly and all the hospitals want 1yr experience in a nursing home as a requirement, but I’m still applying and hopefully I’ll get in.

    I hope you get one too. Try to volunteer first or get in good with someone that works at the hospital…

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