Working as a CNA: How Many Hours Do You Need to Put In?

Where and when do CNAs work?

Nursing jobs mainly take place in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals. These healthcare facilities operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, because patients require around-the-clock care. Providing patients with constant care means that CNAs are part of a nursing team that must work nighttime, weekend, and holiday hours. 

How long should I expect to work during my CNA Job?

Typically CNAs can expect the option to work very long hours. If you are available to work full-time hours, you are guaranteed 8 -12 hour workdays. Since CNAs are in high demand, overtime is an option that you can speak with your superior about adding to your schedule.  You will likely have the opportunity to work more hours and be paid accordingly.

What is a typical work schedule like for a full-time CNA?

You can expect to work five 8 hour shifts in a row with two days off every week. These shifts can be during the daytime, afternoon, or nighttime hours. CNAs are also commonly offered 12-hour shifts, three days per week.  Shifts widely run from 7 am to 3 pm, 3 pm to 11 pm, and 11 pm to 7 am.

Can I choose what shift I want when applying?

In most cases, you can select what hours work best for your schedule. CNAs are in such high demand that there are a lot of job openings and availability.

Can I work part-time as a CNA?

Absolutely. Cynamed can offer part-time CNA positions that fulfill your schedule and need. In fact, with CynaMed, you can become a CNA on your time today!

Are there any other hours available to CNAs?

CNAs also can work for private practices, in at-home jobs, and on hospice care.  The patient will curtail these hours to their specific needs.  

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