Considering becoming a CNA? - page 4

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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    Now the difference between Nicu nurse and nurse practitioner is just their degree, An RN has an associates or bachelors with certification in neonatal and all that good stuff,a practitioner is an Rn or Advanced practice nurse (APN) who advances their degree to a Masters(NP),needs some years of work experience in the field and obtains certification in whatever specialty they want to work in like family nurse,neonatal,gerontology,womens health...etc Similar to being a Doctor without being in school 4ever! Lol You can have your own practice,write prescriptions and everything just like them ) I had a dream of myself doing this and I guess that was Gods way of telling me "Dont Limit Yourself" so Im gonna shoot for it,wont hurt to try!
    Last edit by FutureNeoNursing on Nov 29, '12
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    MsKim: neonatal nursing is what an RN with either an AS or a BSN does when they work in NICU. To be a neonatal NP you have to have a master's in nursing. In our hospital there's A couple of neonatologist's and they have a few Neonatal NP's that are under them. They can attend a c/s or a delivery and if needed they can decide to transfer the newborn to NICU for further testing.
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    @ nguyency77 Really? Interesting . . the pay rates seem like not one can agree on a set rate but I understand it's nursing & experience plus certifications vary on the pay rate. What is LTC?
    LTC is long-term care, or a nursing home. My state just increased our minimum wage, so instead of making $7.75, some CNAs here now make $8.50. Whoopie! The pay seems to be all over the place. When I was a CNA, I made $11.75. Other nursing homes in my area that I applied to were trying to hire CNAs for $8 and med techs for $9.
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    I live in central WI and previously worked LTC as a CNA. It was a county job and paid $12.89. I just began working at an ALF as a CNA and I earn a little over $10. Just my two cents. I didn't actually read this whole thread, sorry if I messed it up!
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    Quote from FutureNeoNursing
    Now the difference between Nicu nurse and nurse practitioner is just their degree, An RN has an associates or bachelors with certification in neonatal and all that good stuff,a practitioner is an Rn or Advanced practice nurse (APN) who advances their degree to a Masters(NP),needs some years of work experience in the field and obtains certification in whatever specialty they want to work in like family nurse,neonatal,gerontology,womens health...etc Similar to being a Doctor without being in school 4ever! Lol You can have your own practice,write prescriptions and everything just like them ) I had a dream of myself doing this and I guess that was Gods way of telling me "Dont Limit Yourself" so Im gonna shoot for it,wont hurt to try!
    Oh wow I never knew you could go so far with nursing. I do hope u make it. You definitely can with such a optimistic attitude. Good Luck! My mother said u can go right into the NICU as a new grad. Only thing they require is a BSN. That's how it is at her hospital. No certification or going through different levels. I'd look around though. Google "NICU Jobs Il"

    I just did & found these :
    Nursing - Nurse Clinician Ii\nicu jobs in Chicago

    https://chs.taleo.net/careersection/...7&src=JB-12080

    They don't require much once you are done with schooling. Hopefully once you obtain ur LPN & start working as one that will count as experience for these kinds of jobs.
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    @ mom2banurse : Thankyou
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    Thank you to everyone who gave their input. It's truly appreciated!


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