The best and worst states to be a CNA in 2012

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If you’re a CNA looking for work, you’re in luck!

CNAs can expect a 19 percent increase in demand between 2008 and 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Why the upswing? Reasons include an aging population, a growth in the health industry to meet the needs of a growing overall population, and the need to replace CNAs who either retire or leave the profession.

The bulk of CNA jobs are in nursing homes, followed by hospitals. The remainder of the jobs are found in settings such as residential facilities, government agencies, outpatient centers and private care.

So, which states should you set your sights on if you’re a CNA looking for a job?

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4 Responses to The best and worst states to be a CNA in 2012

  1. rnbutnotproud

    I don’t know where this writer is getting her information, but its wrong; at least as far as Ohio is concerned. She needs to do better research…… to actual working RNs or RNs seeking work………NOT just the state boards of nursing, media, or wherever else she’s getting her facts. Ohio (at least Northern) has a surplus of nurses. This is something no school of nursing will ever tell you because they need your money as a potential student. Its not that there isn’t a NEED for nurses because let me assure you…there is; the problem is that these hospitals (now owned and largely operated by larger corporations) will NOT HIRE the needed number of nurses. In other words, they will compromise patient safety by only employing one RN to do the job of at least 2 RNs—-all to pad their own pockets and the while praying they do not get hit with a lawsuit from an overworked RN making a huge mistake. Why don’t RNs revolt against this? Here’s why…they are too scared of losing their own jobs to care about those who cannot find work. Simple as that. Its only one example of the frightening direction our healthcare is taking in this country, but true. Just from some of the things I’ve witnessed as an RN, my poor group of friends and family is terrified to ever have to be an inpatient in a hospital in my area. Nurse to patient ratio is a huge quality and safety issue. Isn’t it sad that in the “caring” profession………..nobody cares.

    • acire83

      Maybe you should learn to read bc it says CNAs nothing about RNs.. What they are reporting about CNAs is true.

  2. CNAtoRN

    I live in GA and the pay is crap. We are so underpaid for what CNAs do. It’s a lot of work, most of it gross and back-breaking. Most facilities offer around $8.50/hour give or take a dollar. I make $10/hour and that’s considered to be paid well in my state…I don’t even live in a small town. We’re talking Atlanta area. I love what I do, and I don’t do it for the money obviously, but it would be nice to get paid what I’m worth. As a CNA where I live, after I barely pay my bills and buy good, I’m lucky to be able to afford going out with friends or treating myself to having my hair done…too bad I can’t afford to pick up and move to a better paying state (plus I think I’d miss my family too much)

  3. Madel

    Sorry to hear that. I have been a CNA since 2003 and left Florida getting paid 11.75/hr. When I moved here in Wyoming, I was offered $17.50 and now I am paid $18.96 plus $3.35night differential and $2.00 weekend diff. Yes, the cost of living is higher but still, it’s a lot more compared to where I was at.Out Medical, dental and vision insurance is $30 a month. What a place to be and we are in such need here too.