Can I still work as a CNA while having an RN license?

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Dear Donna,

I am working as CNA. I also have my RN license. Can I work as a CNA until I find an RN job in this tight job market?


Dear Donna replies:

Dear Maria,

You can work as a CNA while holding an RN license. But understand that you will be held accountable to your highest license if any legal or ethical
situations come up. You may want to discuss this with a nurse attorney so you understand your liability in this situation. Here’s a related post from Brent’s Law:

I understand that the job market is very tight and you have to do what you have to do. I do hope you are at least volunteering somewhere medical as an
RN and looking into non-traditional RN job options such as outpatient hemodialysis, acute rehab, long term acute care (LTAC), public health, etc.
Read New Nurse, New Job Strategies at

If it is practical for you, you might even consider enlisting in the military where you will get great RN training and experience.

My best wishes,


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    Christina Washington October 6, 2018 at 10:34 am - Reply

    I want to keep my CNA license as well as obtain a LPN license in the state of Nevada is that ok ..I’ve had my CNA for 20 years i want to keep it

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    C December 11, 2018 at 4:16 am - Reply

    CNAs do not hold a license… in any state. This is a course in which you are certified, and placed on an eligibility to work list based on state guidelines

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      Nena June 9, 2019 at 4:07 am - Reply

      CNAs hold a license which expires just like any other license and has to be renewed

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      Yayak September 11, 2021 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      That’s a lie! CNA have license

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