Should I become a CNA?

  1. Hey guys,

    I am a 20 year old nursing student, I have finished all my pre-requisites and I'm now waiting to be accepted into nursing school. But I have to wait about 5 more months before I can start my program. I have had small non-healthcare related jobs before (tutor, theme park). But I'm being pushed by my family to start working as a CNA during my break. I'm not sure how the process works, but I know the CNA program is about a month and it is expensive. I'm not sure if it's worth it right now, because I do not plan to work in nursing school. I do volunteer at a local hospital so I have some healthcare experience. Is it really necessary to become a CNA before an RN to have a better chance at finding work or will volunteer experience suffice?
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   Beth1978
    There is a possibility that even with the pre-requisites finished you may not be accepted right away. Many schools offer extra points for already having that certification. Also, the experience will be invaluable, you will learn how to feed, dress, clean, ambulate, transfer, and take vital signs. Also, many students work during school breaks in order to lessen the amount of student loans. Can you take the class at a community college? It is usually much less expensive that way.
  4. by   Missingyou
    Check to see if your state will reimburse you for your CNA training once you start working as a CNA.
  5. by   Sickandtiredcna
    If you want a healthy back and body, I suggest you don't become a cna.
  6. by   Zombie_NSG_Student
    PRN positions only have to work two days a month to retain their position. Not sure if that's a local thing, or applies everywhere.
    It looks good on your resume, gives you a bit of extra cash, and honestly....it makes you a better nurse. Your communication as a nurse will be vastly improved if you understand what you are asking the CNA's working under your license to do.

    I would say go for it: I think it's helped me in the program, and has been invaluable experience....but ultimately, if you're attitude is that you should not have to, and you will not commit, don't do it. It's not easy money.


    but neither is nursing
  7. by   PixieRN1
    I’ve been an RN BSN for 15 years, and prior to that I never worked as a CNA. I worked as a pharmacy tech is high school and college, but never as an MA or a CNA.

    If your grades are solid, I see no reason to try to pad your resume with it. It’s not a requirement to be a nurse.

    Good luck
  8. by   LVN_toNurse
    I know that where I attend school there you do get extra points for having worked as a CNA, EMT, MA or other such related field's. I am actually taking my CNA course right now.
    I'm taking it to ensure I am able to gain experience and also be able to work in the healthcare field if even just part time while taking me prerequisite. However like lots above have said it's not a required or even needed step if you don't need to do it.

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