What's the difference between a NA and a CNA? I know that NA isn't classified as being certified (which obviously involves a certification exam.) I'm starting my first CNA class on monday, and thinking/reading back to the emails between the instructor & I, she always referred it to the NA class. When I had my interview w/ her, I kept referring to it as a CNA class, and how great this class would be to get started in my chosen career path. The class I already know involves hands on training/clinicals, book work, LOTS of studying, homework, and an exam at the end. Lol I know this is probably a stupid question, but I just wanna make sure! :-)
Alright yeah, all that makes sense. Just because you're going into a CNA training course obviously doesn't mean you ARE a CNA. Only after you pass the state exam, and I know for sure that there is a certification exam after the six weeks. Thank you all for replying with your input. I'm really excited for this class. Being a nurse is my dream job, and in my opinion becoming a CNA first is a great way. Not that I would personally know, but through what everyone has said to me and doing my research. But it's different for everyone! I've heard that through 'free' training (which is what I'm doing), you'll usually be obligated to work at that facility for a certain amount of time. I guess that could work both ways, it basically guarantees you a job, but if you don't neccesarily care for the environment then that is sort of a downer. The nursing home in which I'm taking the class actually doesn't expect you to start working there. They offer it to the students but you don't have take it. So I think it's kinda a good deal!
I think my first choice would to be in a hospital setting but I don't have any experience anywhere to really know.
PS. If you work in an hospital, can you choose to work on a certain floor? For example I would love to work w/ the cancer patients (which in the hospital I would want to work in, anything that has to do w/ cancer has it's own floor.) My dad was a cancer patient for along time... And honestly, that time of my life & being in the hospital for that period of time was when I knew I wanted to become a nurse. Sorry for the huge reply!
Last edit by AmandaS<3 on Feb 27, '10