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  1. [font=Fixedsys]Hello! I just joined all nurses looking for some sound advise from all you guys (girls) that have "been there, done that". I just left my husband of 10 years, and am ready to persure a carrer in nursing. I graduated in '93 from Sabino H.S. and got married and had a baby all in the next year. I never returned to school, so I'll be starting from scratch, with a 9 year-old and 10 month-old baby on my hip. So where do I begin? Should I first go for my C.N.A. so I can work and get some compensation from a hospital? Can I get c.n.a. and start pre-req's at the same time? Where is the best place for obtaining these? I was thing community college, but is c.n.a. faster at somewhere like Collage of America or P.M.I.?
    [font=Fixedsys]Hope you can help. THANK YOU TO ANY RESPOSES!!!
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  3. by   JDRT RN2006
    Hi There- I'm new to the site too, but I do have some answers to your questions.....I've just finished my pre-req's in Phx and I am starting my RN training (ADN) in August.

    I have heard many advise to be a CNA first to get some valuable experience, especially if you're new to healthcare. At the community colleges in the valley (I went to Glendale Community College), you can do a CNA course in six weeks and it is very thorough. You get a few weeks of book learning and a few weeks of clinical training for which you are evaluated. After the 6 weeks, you can take the CNA exam and start working.

    You can certainly get your CNA and start taking pre-reqs.....you can actually take pre-reqs and get your CNA at the same time if you have someone to help out with your children

    All of the community colleges here in the valley are linked up and it is really one big program- when you're done with your pre-reqs, you just rank which school you want to go in order of preference and they place you wherever an opening exists.

    I don't know about getting your CNA at PMI or College of America. I went with the community college because at this point the CNA class is required to take as a pre-req for the ADN program. The course titles are NUR156 and NUR157.

    I've included a link to the Nurse Assisting website at Glendale CC.

    http://www.gc.maricopa.edu/nursing/N...202.18.041.pdf

    Hope this helps!
    Good luck in whatever you decide


  4. by   rica75
    Quote from JDRT RN2006
    Hi There- I'm new to the site too, but I do have some answers to your questions.....I've just finished my pre-req's in Phx and I am starting my RN training (ADN) in August.

    I have heard many advise to be a CNA first to get some valuable experience, especially if you're new to healthcare. At the community colleges in the valley (I went to Glendale Community College), you can do a CNA course in six weeks and it is very thorough. You get a few weeks of book learning and a few weeks of clinical training for which you are evaluated. After the 6 weeks, you can take the CNA exam and start working.

    You can certainly get your CNA and start taking pre-reqs.....you can actually take pre-reqs and get your CNA at the same time if you have someone to help out with your children

    All of the community colleges here in the valley are linked up and it is really one big program- when you're done with your pre-reqs, you just rank which school you want to go in order of preference and they place you wherever an opening exists.

    I don't know about getting your CNA at PMI or College of America. I went with the community college because at this point the CNA class is required to take as a pre-req for the ADN program. The course titles are NUR156 and NUR157.

    I've included a link to the Nurse Assisting website at Glendale CC.

    http://www.gc.maricopa.edu/nursing/N...202.18.041.pdf

    Hope this helps!
    Good luck in whatever you decide

    THANK YOU! This does help alot. I didn't realize you could get your cna in only 6 weeks through c.c.
  5. by   kristylee
    I'm in a similar situation as you...I also have 2 children, (8 yrs old and 2 yrs old) and I'm going forward with pursing my career in nursing as well.

    I have decided to obtain my CNA and start working in a hospital setting and at the same time take my pre-reqs. I will be taking the CNA course at Pima Community College from 9/20-11/3 (7 weeks). I will then be taking my pre-reqs for my ADN during and after that time. I currently make about $14/hr in a corportate job and just moved back here from Los Angeles making about $20/hr + comm, but have been wanting to pursue nursing for over 5 years, I'm to the point that I don't want to work in the corporate world anymore and can't wait to be a nurse even if it means a lower income...I think my happiness is more important than any amount of money...and I waited so long already because I got a great opportunity and made really good money for my age and put it off and I figure if I don't do it now because of money reasons and childcare, that I will never be able to acheive my dream to become a nurse...so I say, 'go for it' whatever it takes...sacifices and all!


    Quote from rica75
    [font=Fixedsys]Hello! I just joined all nurses looking for some sound advise from all you guys (girls) that have "been there, done that". I just left my husband of 10 years, and am ready to persure a carrer in nursing. I graduated in '93 from Sabino H.S. and got married and had a baby all in the next year. I never returned to school, so I'll be starting from scratch, with a 9 year-old and 10 month-old baby on my hip. So where do I begin? Should I first go for my C.N.A. so I can work and get some compensation from a hospital? Can I get c.n.a. and start pre-req's at the same time? Where is the best place for obtaining these? I was thing community college, but is c.n.a. faster at somewhere like Collage of America or P.M.I.?
    [font=Fixedsys]Hope you can help. THANK YOU TO ANY RESPOSES!!!

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