No work experience? CNA?

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    I would really like to be a CNA for a few years before I go and get my RN.
    I found a place that takes regular NAs and trains them to be CNAs. It is a nursing home.
    I am just worried that I wont get the job, as I have no work experience.
    I did, however, take care of my grandfather when he had cancer. I had to bathe him, wipe his bottom after using the bathroom. Move him in the bed etc.
    So how do I go about this?
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    I don't know what the difference in an NA and a CNA is. If this facility is willing to train you, they probably don't expect you to have much experience.
    But your real-life experience is certainly equivalent to the duties of a CNA, so that should show them you are at least willing to do those tasks and learn more as well. Good luck!
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    NA is just a Nurses assistant that isnt certified, but they would train me to get me certified.
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    Quote from LetsGoMets31
    I don't know what the difference in an NA and a CNA is. If this facility is willing to train you, they probably don't expect you to have much experience.
    But your real-life experience is certainly equivalent to the duties of a CNA, so that should show them you are at least willing to do those tasks and learn more as well. Good luck!
    Most places don't accept taking care of a family member as experience, they want 6 months to a year of PAID experience. At least that's what it said on several applications and ads that I've seen.
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    Get certified. And why in the world why you want to be CNA for "
    a few years before I go and get my RN"?!?!? CNA experience is crucial to nursing IMO (and should be a requirement for nursing school but that's another whoop!) but why you'd want to do that for years before becoming a nurse is beyond me. Get where you want to be as quickly as possible!
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    From what I know of na vs cna is that you are a na after you pass cna class. You become a cna after you pass your states exam. Does this place train you and give you classes before you work and get paid as a cna. Or are you working as a cna even though you haven't had classes yet. Most places do not just hire people off the streets and have them work as cnas without being certified. Though I have heard of companies having classes and then after you are certified are garenteed a job afterwards. Good luck and congrats on starting the road to a nursing career.
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    It depends on the state and the level of care. In MN you do not need to be a CNA to work in assisted living. I am a CNA and I work in assisted living and my company gives a slight pay increase.
    More importantly, most (maybe all) nursing programs in MN require that you are a CNA before you start nursing classes.


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