How To Get Your First CNA Job

If you have recently completed all requirements to become a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), you are probably anxious to your first job in your new career.  Some people even decide to work as a CNA while they attend nursing school.  It is not as difficult as you might think to find your first CNA job.

One of the first things that you will want to do in order to find a job as a CNA is to search in the help wanted section of newspapers and online classifieds.  You will often see healthcare facilities that are advertising for nursing assistants who are fully certified.  Apply for CNA jobs of interest that you find in your local area.

Quick Tip: Check out our CNA jobs page for links to reputable job sites that have a good listing of CNA jobs.

If there is a career counselor at the school from which you received your CNA training, you can ask for assistance finding a job.  A career counselor will often be able to point you in the direction of healthcare facilities that hire new nursing assistants on a regular basis.  If you trained for a career as a CNA at a hospital or nursing home, you can enquire as to whether or not there are any openings at that facility for which you can apply.

Get in touch with other students from your CNA class to find out who found jobs.  If some people are employed before you, ask for advice on where to look for a job.  If you know anyone who already works as a nursing assistant or who is employed at a hospital, ask them to let you know if they find out about any CNA job openings at the facility where they work or other local facilities.

Call continuing care communities, hospitals and other healthcare facilities in your local area.  Ask about information on any job openings for certified nursing assistants.  You should also contact home health agencies for details on how to apply for a job as a home health aide.  In some cases, you will need to travel around in your local area and care for more than one patient throughout the week.  This is something you will need to keep in mind if you consider a job as a home health aide.

In some cases, you might need to work as a personal care aide or non-certified nursing assistant until a job position becomes available for a certified nursing assistant.  Some healthcare facilities will hire nursing assistants and non-certified aides for certain job duties.  You could take a job in one of these positions until a CNA job position opens up at the facility.

In addition, you can often find a job working with people in their own home who need assistance.  Look in your local newspaper for people seeking a personal care aide.  It is usually relatively easy to find one of these jobs.  You can also place an ad in the newspaper offering your services.

12 Responses to How To Get Your First CNA Job

  1. lilian dartey July 14, 2010 at 3:05 am #

    I want to attend a cna school in PA .So can u please get me your contact number.Thank you.

    • Admin August 8, 2010 at 10:35 pm #

      Hi Lilian,
      I’m sure this might help:

    • J September 7, 2010 at 1:30 am #

      Hi Lilian,

      I’m not sure what part of PA that you are in, but I would recommend Harrisburg Area Community College…if you are closeby to one of their campuses (I did my CNA through them a couple of years ago). They train at some of their campuses…however, most of their classes are in actual Long Term Care facilities. Their wesite is:…hope that helps.

    • Nicole Spitz August 5, 2012 at 12:53 am #

      Hi, I am in CNA training with the American Red Cross.. the program cost 1300.00 its for four weeks, they offer two different locations for the program, and you also go into a nursing home to complete your clinical. if you get hired in a nursing home that accepts medicare and medicade and work i belive 260 hours you full reembursment of your tuition!!!

      • Heather April 19, 2013 at 3:36 am #

        Ok really.. I just finished with the cna class and all I had to pay was 400 and that is including scrubs. And I have to pay 101 dollars to taken test. Go to a community college. It’s a lot cheaper and you get the same certification.

  2. Jeanne Muehlbauer January 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    I am looking for a cna job close to stillwater mn I have just passed the class. Where is a good place to work where the employer is good to thier employees with beds that actually go up and down?

    • Admin January 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

      Hi jeanne, I wish i could help but I’m not from that area. I’ll let this comment be live and perhaps someone from that area might comment.

  3. Sheka January 20, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    Im looking for a CNA job position close to Hammond, Louisiana. I need it BAD.

  4. Yolanda Todd February 17, 2012 at 6:35 am #

    I’m a 47 year old single women living in Las Vegas NV. I have been out of work since. 2008. Looking for totally free cna training. Because I have. No income. Can you help me f


    • Anonymous May 22, 2016 at 8:00 am #


      Not sure if you ever found any free training, but I believe in Bullhead City, AZ there is a facility across from WARMC that actually pays you to go through their CNA training.

      Best wishes!

  5. Mary March 24, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

    Hi. I am looking for a place that offer free cna training in MS. I recenty took the class but failed my skill exam all three times. If u can help me will you please contract me? Thanks

  6. Penny Blanton September 11, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    How do I challenge my CNA test with my BS in Biology ?

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