What It's Like to Job Hop as a CNA

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"Will job hopping hurt my resume and work history?" This is the question every employee who switches jobs a few times asks themselves.

Is there really stigma against changing your line of work or employer as a CNA?

Let’s look at the big picture. For employers, job hoppers can paint a picture of restlessness, discontent, and poor adaptability in the employee, meaning employers lose out when they have to spend more money unnecessarily to hire and train their replacement.

If you're a CNA and you put yourself in the employer's shoes, the stigma of being a job hopper makes sense. Hiring managers want people who will strive to be an asset to their organization amidst job challenges, rather than those who might leave their position at the slightest problem.

There are a few important factors to remember when thinking about what it’s like to job hop as a nursing assistant.


As a general rule, new graduates or those who are fresh from high school or university are given more leeway when it comes to job hopping. Because they are young and inexperienced, employers keep an open mind about them being more restless since they are in the stage of testing the waters to find their happy (work)place.

For example, CNA newbies may find hospital work too exhausting, so they leave just after a few months and try to work in a facility where routines are more predictable. Employers are more forgiving of this situation.


The turnover rate, or percentage of workers who leave an organization and are replaced by new employees, is high for CNAs. In a report, certified nursing assistant turnover is the highest among surveyed positions in the healthcare industry, at 27.7%!

What does the high turnover rate for CNAs mean? Job hopping is fairly common in CNAs, because many more choose to leave their jobs than other workers in healthcare. But, on the other hand, work for nursing assistants has one of the brightest outlooks among professions, at 11%, which is faster than average.

So, although the turnover rate is high, job opportunities are also vast. CNAs tend to look for the best fit without having to worry about finding another job. Employers have no choice but to hire job hoppers when there are a lot of vacancies urgently waiting to be filled.

The bottom line is, it is okay to switch jobs if you have valid reasons, like leveling up your career, continuing education, or changing your place of residence. If the reason is that of poor working conditions and the job hopper breaches an employment contract, employers tend to empathize with their fellow employers and hesitate to hire a serial job hopper. So, unless work issues are too overwhelming to ride out or work to improve, stick it out, find solutions, and finish an employment contract.

If you do plan on switching jobs, make sure to do it after giving it thorough consideration. While moving to a better opportunity is acceptable, especially for younger workers, limit it to few instances of a “bad fit,” so it won't hurt your chances of being hired.


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