hello everyone! i live in northern illinois and take my cna state test on the 18th. i'm so excited! i have heard conflicting information about the cpr certification and getting a job. i was told by a fellow student not to bother taking a cpr class because if you are hired by a nursing home, your employer will pay for you to take the cpr course or reimburse you for taking it. i also heard from another source that no place will hire you AT ALL without a cpr certification. so...which one is it? does anyone know anything or have any experience with either situation? i would hate to shell out $100+ and then find out that i could have done it for free. but then again, i don't want to have to wait any longer to be able to get a job, so i want to take the class asap. if all else fails, i will just take the class. $100 is a small investment considering the cost of my cna class and being able to finally get a job in the healthcare field. im so tired of being a security guard! lol. any feedback is appreciated. thanks.