Avoid "Karing with Kindess" CNA program - page 2

This is a rant because I’m so mortified at some programs today. I looked into Karing With Kindness in, NJ and I warn you not to attend… I drive by their place all time so I figured I give them a call. I call and ask if I could... Read More

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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    *** Why is that scary? If you pass the test, thus proving you know the information you should. I became a nurse by challenging the NCLEX without having attending nursing school.
    I guess you've got a very good point. Someone smart enough to challenge the test and pass it in one go is probably smart enough to be a good CNA. I found the CNA class I took to be extremely UN-challenging, and the clinicals we performed were totally easy (and fun!) because I was already doing the same thing unassisted as an non-certified nurse's assistant at the time. The CNA course I passed with my brain tied behind my back...... actually being a CNA, now THAT was challenging!

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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    *** Why is that scary? If you pass the test, thus proving you know the information you should. I became a nurse by challenging the NCLEX without having attending nursing school.
    I honestly think the CNA exam is a gimmick. I got cake skills, and I feel like it didn't tell them enough about what I can't and can't do. The NCLEX is a lot different than the CNA test. You don't even have to know how to read to take the CNA test, and we're tested on 3 or 4 skills.
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    *** Why is that scary? If you pass the test, thus proving you know the information you should. I became a nurse by challenging the NCLEX without having attending nursing school.
    Stupid question.....you can challenge the NCLEX????
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    Quote from ALavallee
    Stupid question.....you can challenge the NCLEX????
    Was wondering the same thing. What did you do about your clinicals?
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    Quote from nguyency77
    Was wondering the same thing. What did you do about your clinicals?
    In some states, you can challenge the NCLEX if you have former military medic experience.

    Challenging the NCLEX used to be more common a decade or two ago. Standards might have also been looser then about who could challenge, I don't know?

    I think being able to challenge the NCLEX is pretty much non-existent these days because boards have writ-in clauses stating that you have to hold a degree from an accredited school to take the NCLEX.
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    Yes, I think it's quite rare to challenge the NCLEX now. I have met about 3 medics in the past few years who were attending nursing school despite having years of experience in the military.

    Anyways, I'm sorry you had such a bad experience :-( Unfortunately I've heard of many horror stories like yours in my state too. I fortunately had a great experience with an independent CNA program. Your best bet is to check out your state board of nursing & see if they have a list of CNA programs in your state. That is how I located my program. Good luck with your decision
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    Quote from nguyency77
    Was wondering the same thing. What did you do about your clinicals?
    *** Ah you know back in the day. Seriously I was an army medic with extensive field and hospital experience. I challenged the LVN NCLEX in California based on my medic training and experience.
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    *** Ah you know back in the day. Seriously I was an army medic with extensive field and hospital experience. I challenged the LVN NCLEX in California based on my medic training and experience.
    I hope this doesn't sound horrible awkward or out of place but I feel like your original comment...well...I don't know what your original comment was meant to say but you confused several people with it. And, while you did what you did, your experience actually has absolutely no current relevant experience either with the OP or with those who asked questions later.

    Why did you even bring it up?
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    i hope this doesn't sound horrible awkward or out of place

    *** it does to me.

    but i feel like your original comment...well...i don't know what your original comment was meant to say but you confused several people with it.

    *** i was responding to this comment:
    [color=#ffff00]"in some states, north carolina being one, you don't have to have any education. you can challenge the test and if you pass, you are certified. scary huh?"

    the point i was making is that there is nothing wrong with people challenging exams. if they pass they have proven they know the required information. it should be considered scary. how anyone became confused is a mystery to me.

    and, while you did what you did, your experience actually has absolutely no current relevant experience either with the op or with those who asked questions later.

    why did you even bring it up?

    *** to make the point that we should not judge a person in the nursing field by how they obtained their position, what is important is their competence and compassion.
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    *** Why is that scary? If you pass the test, thus proving you know the information you should. I became a nurse by challenging the NCLEX without having attending nursing school.
    It's just a little unnerving to me.

    I just think back to when I took the NCELX... there was a lot of material that I learned/studied that wasn't ever covered during the exam, but as a nurse you're expected to know. I guess I'm reflecting more on the process of challenging the NCLEX, not trying to single you out specifically


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