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- Feb 9 by StudentNurse91Thank you for your response. I really appreciate it. Yes, I see a lot of CNA/LPNS in school that have so much experience when it comes to technical procedures, medicine, etc and that's really a plus. I love the program so far, but I feel like I'm learning from scratch and don't have anything to relate the material I learn in school with.
- Feb 9 by StudentNurse91Quote from princess247cnaThank you for your response. I really appreciate it. Yes, I see a lot of CNA/LPNS in school that have so much experience when it comes to technical procedures, medicine, etc and that's really a plus. I love the program so far, but I feel like I'm learning from scratch and don't have anything to relate the material I learn in school with.I would definitely recommend it because you can gain a lot of knowledge being a cna in a hospital.I know about different medicines and what they are used for.I even know the steps to starting an IV.You also gain confidence in how to handle different patients and their attitudes.I am so happy I became a CNA before I went straight into nursing.I decided it wasn't for me and that I would rather be a Physical Therapy Assistant.Being a RN is so much responsibility and I am not ready to have someone else's life in my hands.I have heard to many nurses say that if they would have known it was this hard that they would've tried something else.But I have heard a couple say that they love their job.It just really depends on the person.I would definitely encourage you to become a CNA and see if being an RN is something that you truly want and have a passion for.
- Feb 9 by funtimesMaking a living as a CNA can be done, but its not easy. Even if you do make a decent amount of money its the wear and tear on your back that makes it tough to make a career out of being a CNA.
RNs experience some wear and tear on their back as well, but they are a lot better compensated for it financially, and RNs can often find jobs that require little to no heavy lifting, where as with a CNA its going to be a big part of the job no matter where you work. Sadly a lot of the lowest paid CNAs work in places where they are doing the most heavy lifting, mainly in LTC.
I would recommend that every CNA that can do it go for more medical training, even if you like being a CNA. If you can, try to take one class a semester even if you arent particularly book smart and struggled in high school, you should still be able to take a class like medical terminology one semester, beginning A&P another, and maybe some MA classes, and in a couple years you will possess skills that will enable you to branch out from being a CNA, or stand a much better chance of working as a hospital PCT.
From there you can decide to go on to be an RN, or not. Its not for everyone as there is increasing competition for school seats, and its expensive and time consuming, so its unrealistic to expect that every CNA is going to become an RN.
Ive been non commital on RN at this point, just adding gradually to my skill set. Getting my EMT license one year, taking phlebotomy classes another, A&P this year, while still working as a CNA and PCT. If I was 18 again I would just focus on becoming an RN, but life didnt turn out that way.
God bless people who can make a career as a CNA, but I dont see it as a long term job prospect for most people, its just too hard a job for too little money, and its a shame, because being a competent CNA takes a fair amount of skill and dedication, not everyone can do it, so I feel some CNAs are wasting their talent by not continuing on.
- Feb 9 by SandraD88I'd love to work in a hospital and get those hours and pay . Iv herd hospital environments are stressful and hard to get into . It seems most hospital want C.N.A.s that have a certain amount of acute care or skilled nursing home experience . Which I don't have . But I just recently starter a job at a skilled nursing home .and I do agree being a CNA is hard work .
- Feb 10 by FaithGurl93I couldn't imagine working that much!!!!! God bless you!!!! lol. I'm a CNA at a hospital and I'm studying to take my boards for my LPN and I'm only working parttime (19 and lives with parents) Ohhhh to be young lol. But I'm thinking about taking on more hours so I can start to branch out and be "grown" lol
- Feb 10 by pnkgirl25There is no way I would want to work that many hours. I live by the saying "work smarter not harder". I want to spend as much time as possible with my daughter.
- Feb 10 by kguill975Quote from pnkgirl25Absolutely, enjoy your daughter while you can, because you can't get those years back. When she's a teenager, and you're no longer the coolest person she knows, then you may start to consider picking up extra shifts. While it is wise to "work smarter not harder", it's also wise to "live like no one else, so that you can live like no one else."There is no way I would want to work that many hours. I live by the saying "work smarter not harder". I want to spend as much time as possible with my daughter.