Considering becoming a CNA? - page 2

by MsKim

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I'm considering becoming a CNA then later becoming an RN. I'm wondering is this worth my time & effort. I've seen that the pay is quite low in Illinois, could be $11 hourly, I know it's good for experience but I don't want to be... Read More


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    Yea it's alot of research. Not alot of places do the bridge program. I don't see Saint Xavier being shorter because they require 1 semester with them of reg courses. So the 1 semester u can miss because u have the lpn gets filled up with the required semester for reg courses. Hopefully I'll find something, I havent' gone through all of the schools you've given me yet but I'm glad I better understand the bridge program. Tysm
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    The bridge programs in my area require you to work as an LPN for at least 2 years before you can even apply to them. Good luck!
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    Yeah its not too many that offer it.What suburb do you stay near? I forgot to add College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn,they have lpn and rn.
    Last edit by FutureNeoNursing on Nov 27, '12
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    @mom2beanurse : What area are you in?@ FutureNeoNursing I'm near Chicago Heights. South Suburbs I think Glen Ellyn is far from me.
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    I find myself really conflicted though on getting an lpn. As a mother of 3 an extra income is very much needed so i feel like going for a lpn would prolong getting an rn. Any thoughts or advice?
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    You will be over worked and underpaid. No doubt about it. You will likely leave work completely exhausted. BUT it is worth it. You will find out what your niche is, which areas you like best, what your weaknesses are an if nursing is the field for you. CNAs at hospitals do a lot more than In The long term care setting but both are equally rewarding and challenging. I would be a CNA forever if it paid the bills and my body would hold out. That's just my 2 cents.

    "No day but today"
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    You not that far from me! I stay in the Pullman area by Halsted...Trust me I know how it can be. I have one teenager and raising her on my own so I need a program that is not too long and I can start making money sooner than later lol I leaned towards the lpn because most RN courses need more pre reqs and may have a waitlist. It depends how much time you have and how soon you look to get in the field,either way you will be a nurse Since you in Chicago Heights check out Prarie State College,their RN classes start in the fall and deadline is Feb 2013 for all documents. Im going to apply because its not far from me and I heard good reviews. If I dont get accepted then I will still be on track to enroll in the LPN class.. Check out the Lpn to Rn forum, they have some good insight on how it all works.
    Last edit by FutureNeoNursing on Nov 27, '12
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    @MsKim: I'm in East Central Florida, Brevard County.
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    @MsKim: as a mom of 3 myself and at my age (41) I have decided to go with a BSN. As an LPN I would make pretty much the same I am making now as a scrub tech. I will be starting my NURS classes in the fall and it'll take me 2 years to finish. As of now I'm still doing some general classes and my sciences. It'll be total 3 years for the BSN.
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    Quote from YouwishiwasyourCNA
    You will be over worked and underpaid. No doubt about it. You will likely leave work completely exhausted. BUT it is worth it. You will find out what your niche is, which areas you like best, what your weaknesses are an if nursing is the field for you. CNAs at hospitals do a lot more than In The long term care setting but both are equally rewarding and challenging. I would be a CNA forever if it paid the bills and my body would hold out. That's just my 2 cents.

    "No day but today"
    Yea I figured as much lol that's why I kind of don't want to go for it anymore. Just figured I should devote my time to being an LPN.Thanx


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