How To Become A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) - page 2

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Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are healthcare workers who work under the supervision and direction of registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), or physicians. Keep in mind that CNAs are known by various... Read More


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    Oregon further splits into CNA1 and CNA2 specialties. The CNA1 class is generally around $1300 and qualifies you to work in a nursing home, basically. If you want to work in a hospital here you *must* get your CNA2-Acute Care, which costs another $800. Apparently there is also a CNA2-Memory Care but Memory Care units generally don't care if you have it or not.

    Each hospital here also has different standard about what tasks their CNA2s are generally assigned, even though, legally we all have the same scope of practice.

    Overall, it's been totally worth it to me to be able to have the experience working in a hospital before starting nursing school but from a financial point of view, it was an expensive investment for the salary.
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    Hey jval!
    Once you are a nursing student, you do not need a certificate. This is true at least where I work. I am sure it's true for many other states as well!
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Jul 28, '12 : Reason: tos-unauthorized link
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    That's what ima going to do, after my first semester I'm going to challenge the cna test and hopefully pass both parts, granted I pass my first semester of nursing school. That way I could work as a nurse during nursing school, gain experience, and maybe work as an rn at the site I work as a cna.

    I live in nj and checked the state government website and it tells you what steps you need to take in order to become a can after your first semester in nursing school. I think its a great way to be proactive in a nursing career so if anyone out there thinking about doing the same, I would suggest you do your research and I wish u all good luck in your nursing programs and careers as a nurse...
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    When I was finished my first 2 semesters (part time ADN RN) I took the CNA test and passed with flying colors! You learn everything in RN school! I have 3 semesters of RN school left and I can't wait!
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    In my BSN program, you're automatically qualified to work as a CNA, based on completion of your 2nd semester clinicals. I applied at our hospital & had an interview, so I'm waiting & praying for a call back.
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    I'm just finishing my class now. It was about 1300 (but that was less than ccs and Red Cross). In the state of NH you get reimbursed for the cost of the class if you work for at least 6 months at a nh ltc. I'm a VT resident and got a grant. The school itself is in nh and that's where my license will be issued, I also plan on getting a job in nh.
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    Quote from KimberlyRN89
    That is beyond scary. I read one post on the CNA forum a couple of yrs back about a guy who was thinking of going into an "advanced PCT" program that cost about $15 grand! I don't think these type of programs exist in my area..but boy oh boy are there a lot of medical assistant programs..but that's a totally different topic for another day lol.
    Horror!

    I took my CNA training at a community college and tested at a CNA training facility. The students who went to the CNA specialty school paid a third of what I did and spent a third of the time. (Four weeks, $500 dollars vs. one quarter and over $1500.) I spent more time on bookwork but really, that was just a watered-down and unnecessary version of the prereqs I'd already taken for nursing school. The specialty school students had practiced at the very same site where they were tested... and that's got to be an advantage. They all flew through their skills exams.

    The advantage of the college course is that I got a personal recommendation from an RN who was the head of a CNA program at a college. Maybe that was more helpful to me in getting work than one from a specialty school; I really don't know. Otherwise, I'd say go for the lower cost, less time school that lets you test where you trained.


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