Considering becoming a CNA? - page 3

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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    Quote from FutureNeoNursing
    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.
    Oh your right around here. I talked to Prairie State and they just have the associates program. The lady I talked to said that most work places want u to have a Bachelors & suggested I go for that after I get the associates. So I looked around & I don't need an Associates to get the bachelors I can go straight for the bachelor. Why waste 2-4 years when I can just go straight to a college for a BSN. Plus my mother told me (she's an NICU RN) her hospital requires now to have a Bachelor. It's better to go for the bachelor since most employers want you to have that, I think. Where are u going for the lpn class? I'm thinking Everest since it's a 9 month program plus they're accredited.

    I definitely will have to check out that forum. I need all the info I can get lol.
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    Quote from mom2banurse
    @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.
    I want to get for the BSN also. Good luck with ur schooling! I know it's hard with kids especially 3 lol.
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    @MsKim I hate Everest...If I see one more commercial lol I most likely will go to ATS Institute of Technology downtown for the LPN program since I already passed the entrance exams and now I just need to take my accuplacer test for placement. They are accredidated,and no waiting list or pre reqs needed. You can graduate in 12 months or 16 months,depends on your tests and if you are transferring any courses in with a "b" average. Your mom is in the field that I wanna go into I want to work in neonatal nursing and make my way to be a neonatal nurse practitioner! When you get a chance ask her do I need to work in pediatrics first to gain experience and then go do the certification? Thanks!
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    Quote from MsKim

    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
    Just remember, CNAs make really great nurses

    "No day but today"
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    Becoming a CNA before becoming a nurse is great experience. You learn the basics. Im not sure how it is in Illinois but in MN some employers will reimburse you for the CNA courses. Good luck and I hope all of these responses help you make a decision.
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    @MsKim: thanks! Good luck to you too!
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    Quote from FutureNeoNursing
    @MsKim I hate Everest...If I see one more commercial lol I most likely will go to ATS Institute of Technology downtown for the LPN program since I already passed the entrance exams and now I just need to take my accuplacer test for placement. They are accredidated,and no waiting list or pre reqs needed. You can graduate in 12 months or 16 months,depends on your tests and if you are transferring any courses in with a "b" average. Your mom is in the field that I wanna go into I want to work in neonatal nursing and make my way to be a neonatal nurse practitioner! When you get a chance ask her do I need to work in pediatrics first to gain experience and then go do the certification? Thanks!
    I want to work in the NICU also. I surely will ask her for u. I heard Everest financial aid sucks lol but the program is so quick thats why I want to go. I'm wondering if it's a limit on how much financial aid I can get. Because after my lpn i plan on taking Pre-Reqs at PSC then going to a University for the RN. I'll have to chech out the Institute of Technology. It sounds familiar, I might already have.

    What's the difference from neonatal nursing to a neonatal practitioner?

    Congrats on passing!
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    Thank you so much. =) These replies are helping.
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    Thank u!
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    Which Everest location you plan on going to? As far as financial aid goes I know on loans since you are considered independent student(you have children) you may qualify for up to 57,500 for undergrad no more of 23k in subsidized. $138,500 for graduate students..Pell Grants you may qualify for too in the amount of $5,500 per 2 semesters. The maximum is 12 semesters now 600% so it will go down and once that runs out thats it. That does not have to be repaid. There are scholarships available for nursing too.


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