Is it worth it to become a CNA on my road to becoming a nurse? - page 2

Is it worth it to become a Cna on my road too becoming a nurse. I am still not done with my prerequisite and am looking to gain experience. I am thinking about getting Cna training and trying to find a job. But I have a question... Read More

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    CNA could not hurt. It should help you get a job and experience.

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    I will be going to PA school and I currently work as a CNA and I can tell you I'm extremely glad I started working as a CNA. Learning how to effectively communicate with patients and have good bedside manners is just as important as everything else you will be doing.
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    Seconding t2091! I was extremely awkward in communicating with patients but the other nursing students who were CNAs had a lot of experience with asking things calmly and smoothly with good bedside manners. It might also help with the not really interacting closely with patients until your junior year of clinicals (or whenever they start).
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    I am currently doing prerequisites for an ADN program and eventually going on to get a Bachelor's. I am so thankful I became a CNA, and I'm not in the nursing program yet. I don't work that often and CNA's in my area are often underpaid. However, I only have a car payment to worry about. I'm doing it mainly for the experience. I would consider it if you have the time and money. Best of luck to you.
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    yes, you definitely should! (especially, if you're like me, who has no background in taking care of people whatsoever.) while waiting to hear whether i get into nursing school, i took a nursing assistant course. i loved it! it was easy and short. i went in without knowing anything and came out more knowledgeable about taking care of people. right after i completed the course, and despite not having any work-related experiences, i landed three interviews for nursing assistant positions with three major teaching hospitals within weeks of each other. it's no doubt that the nursing assistant course on my resume increased my chances of getting these interviews. also, during my interviews, i was able to answer the many behavioral-based questions with the experiences i received during my clinical at the nursing home.

    the particular hospital that i accepted a position at very much encourage and support their student employees. the pay is not the best but, i was told that when i get into the nursing program, i would get promoted to a nurse tech and get tuition assistance. once i finish nursing school and pass my nclex, i would become a nurse. i know i still got a long to go but i'm very excited to have all these opportunities ahead of me. good luck to you!

    (i live in michigan if it matters any.)
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    Being a CNA has helped me tremendously during clincals, but the actual work (you'll make the most money working in a nursing home) is exhausting depending on what setting you choose to work in. You're not going to make gads of money, but you'll make more than you would working at McDonald's.
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    Is it worth it to become a Cna on my road too becoming a nurse. I am still not done with my prerequisite and am looking to gain experience. I am thinking about getting Cna training and trying to find a job. But I have a question do Cna's even make decent money(I live in Sacramento)? Will Cna experience help me with nursing as a student and finding a job? I just am unsure.
    It will definitely help you to learn time management and other skills (bathing patients, performing accu checks, vital signs, using hospital equipment, transporting patients, etc, etc) which will be invaluable during nursing school. When I graduated nursing school I had no experience whatsoever in healthcare. I feel this made it more difficult to find a job. Hospitals will usually hire new nurses from their own employees first, so if you have been working there as a cna or nurse tech the whole time, you are much more likely to get a job soon after graduating nursing school. Also, you can develop relationships with the nurse managers that are in charge of hiring, so that if you don't want to work in med-surg, perhaps you can get a job in the ER, l&d or somewhere else you would rather work. Finally, many hospitals will help their employees with tuition assistance. For all these reasons I would strongly consider becoming a cna first.
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    a current CNA license is required for my program in WA. Even if you never end up working as a CNA, just having that class under your belt is great experience and intro to nursing. The people in my program who are working as CNAs are leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of us in terms of familiarity with the material we are learning and confidence in patient care. CNAs are in high demand in this area so employers are willing to be flexible with schedules and make concessions for students. It doesn't pay very well, but the people I know who are doing it love it.
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    I'm a nursing student, and I was a CNA for a little over a year before I got injured. I think it's a good learning experience. CNA work and RN work differ on pretty much every level. Being a CNA helps you grow a thick skin. You get used to the workplace drama, the administrative politics, and most importantly--time management.
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    yes yes and yes! I'm working towards going back to school to become a nurse and as someone who has been working in a hospital as a CNA/HCA for over a year now I know that my experience will be beneficial. It definitely gives you the opportunity to work beside nurses and get a glimpse of what their day is like, and it will also give you the experience of working with patients, getting comfortable with bedside care, how to manage and prioritize your time and duties, and gain some perspective on what a vital role a CNA/HCA is along side nurses.

    As far as pay, I work at a hospital and starting pay is just over $17/hr. not including any shift/weekend premiums. To me I'd say that's 'decent'.
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