I've had dreams of being a nurse for as long as I could remember. I've just always in the back of my mind known that I wanted to be an RN.
I'm currently trying to find a good CNA program that I can afford, but they're all too expensive or too far away.
Here in Ohio, it seems to be cheaper to get trained than most places. My back-burner school is $385 for tuition, scrubs, materials, and the state test. They even lend you books so you don't have to buy.
HOWEVER, I was wanting to go with a school that has more accredations.. Because this one only has two. Ah well. ON TO WHAT A MADE THIS TOPIC FOR.
I'd like to rant about the fact that everybody and their mom is trying to change my mind on this! It's very disheartening to tell my sister that I'm going back to school (after dropping out of high school at 17) for my CNA cert and have her make a disgusted face at me and say "Ew, you're going to be one of those butt wipers." I've been researching the CNA job and everything about it since I found out that I could do it, so I know all about what I'd be doing and have no problem with that. I want
to. All of my friends take time out of my day to say "Why on earth would you want to do that?" and it just really hurts my feelings. :/ I want them to be proud that I'm continuing my education, you know?
Has anybody else ever experienced that to any degree?
I also have a few questions. How did you know that the school you went to was the right one? Did you have fun in class? What was your first job after graduating? Also, is it hard to find a job if you've got a GED instead of a diploma?
Thank you if you read all of that, and sorry for the rambling. <3
Don't let anyone dishearten you about pursuing a CNA career. Every single environment is different, there are inpatient CNAs, and LTC CNAs in nursing homes, CNAs that work in the ED, not to mention also that their role varies from facility to facility, let alone varies from unit to unit. CNAs are great. They are not just "butt wipers". RNs help with that too, or should. CNAs provide a lot of direct care that the patient needs for comfort and do much more than just bathe on inpatient units. They are crazily busy and sometimes being pulled in 10 different directions for a blood sugar check here and a patient that needs to go to the BR there, but they really help things run. I had nursing school clinicals and an internship at a hospital where they didn't require the aides to have CNA certification, so maybe you could find one like that? I would look for jobs that provide the CNA schooling, and see if you can find any before registering for a CNA program. In my hometown a certain nursing home, hires people as aides and puts them through CNA certification if they don't already have it. You have to agree to work for them for 6 months or a year or something like that or you have to pay for the course, but you are guaranteed the job and the course. Being an aide definitely gives you 1 up when it comes to getting an RN job down the road if you pursue. Plus it is something you can do part time or even per diem as many of my nursing school classmates did throughout school (I completed a BSN program, just started first RN job). It helped them with patient care skills at clinicals too. I had no hospital experience when I started clinicals and it took me like 4 hours to get bathing, dressing, and breakfast done on one patient when I first started. My classmates who were already patient care aides had a much easier time. So it does open doors for you. Plus the compensation isn't too bad even though they work really hard. I know people that had aide jobs anywhere from ten bucks/hr (Western PA) to eighteen bucks/hr (Westlake, OH). So do a little more research into positions that might provide for your CNA course, or not even require it, and good luck!
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