I am a new RN graduate and will begin a BSN program this fall. I’m having a difficult time finding a job. Can I work as a CNA? Or are there other positions I should consider?
Unemployed New Nurse
Dear Donna replies
Dear Unemployed New Nurse,
The hospital job market for nurses is tight in most parts of the country. This is partly because hospitals jobs are diminishing as care moves into other settings, both inpatient and outpatient. To fully understand what is happening and what you need to do, read New nurse, new job strategies (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Strategies).
It is not advisable to work as a CNA while you hold an RN license for a variety of reasons. See what nurse attorney Nancy Brent has to say on this subject at http://news.nurse.com/article/20100308/ALL05/100311001
You should look in new directions for nursing employment and you need to learn and use new skills to find those jobs as the above referenced article instructs.
It’s great that you are enrolled in a BSN program. The fact that you are pursuing that degree will automatically make you more marketable.