Quote from tinyscrafts
It still applies to me
If anyone has recent info i'd love to have it
I am paranoid about not getting enough points to get in, they gave a somewhat vague range of 65-75pts at the info nite. doing CNA only for the 10 pts sounds like a waste of time
Don't think that the CNA is a waste of time. Even though it's only worth 10 points, it would help you gain insight into what nursing is all about right off the bat, instead of finding out that you didn't really like to be a nurse at all after going through all the hoops to get into the program or middle of the program. It will have saved you time and misery later on.
Also, if you happen to be one of those people who didn't take CNA, and then drop out in the middle of the program after realizing nursing is not for them, then you would have wasted the resources on yourself when someone else could have taken your place in the beginning, and finished the program.
For me, I think, they should give more points for getting your CNA, and having a paid CNA experience before applying. This would encourage people to take nursing more seriously, and deter anyone who are unsure of themselves from taking the opportunity away from the more deserving students.
Anyway, my advice to you is to get your CNA first. If, after taking it, and still like to be a nurse, then by all means, spend the time & energy into racking up points to get into the program. Get CNA paid work experience, and get an A on your Fundamentals I class. Then apply. If you don't get in the first time, take Home Health aide class, other college science courses, like A&P I/II, Microbiology. These would help you get more points when you apply the second time. Then, apply the second time. For the interview, prepare for it like you are applying for a real job. Dress professionally in order to impress the interviewers. Try not to show that you're nervous. Try to project confidence, etc. etc. Come prepared for whatever documents that you have not already provided them with. That way they got absolutely everything they need to make a decision.
Sounds like a lot of work to you? Well, kind of. Anything worth doing in life won't come in a silver platter. It needs effort. Besides, all that work is nothing compared to the stress, and problems you will encounter once you start working as a nurse. Nurses are really problem-solvers while on the floor as you juggle assessments, care plans
, procedures, doctor's orders, family members, and all the other tasks you have to do during your shift, not to mention co-worker disputes, and other office politics.
Anyway, good luck to you!!!