Would you recommend doing a CNA program?

  1. I am currently finishing up my prereqs and am looking to apply into nursing school in the spring. Would you recommend doing the CNA to help not only find a job before then but to help your application?
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   cnastriving2brn
    Hi. I'm in the same boat as you. I'm currently trying to enroll in a CNA course here at my local community college while I finish up my prerequisites for the BSN program here. A friend of mines whose a traveling nurse told me that it would look good on my rsum and that it would give u some experience. So I hope that this was helpful.
  4. by   RunnerRN2015
    It may not help you but it certainly wouldn't hurt you! My school doesn't count "working as a CNA" toward admission but once we're admitted, we DO have to show either a) that we have taken an approved CNA course or b) that we have CNA experience. I know around here, the nursing students who worked as a CNA in school had an easier time finding a job upon graduation. I hope that's still true when I graduate!
  5. by   jessicaleighbob
    I can tell you personally that taking a CNA course will help you tremendously! I'm nearing the end of my cna class and have gained an incredible amount of confidence with lab skills and have learned a lot. I start an RN program in the Spring and I feel that the experience from going through the cna program and clinicals has helped me out a lot.
  6. by   Lame
    Yes, taking a CNA course will help a ton! I got a job at a retirement home and even though it's assisted living, I have learned a lot about how to provide care. I'm starting my BSN program in the spring and I hear that you learn CNA-related tasks your first semester or so. Also, becoming a CNA will allow you to figure out if you really want to become a nurse or not. It's an eye opening experience.
  7. by   Alf2
    I completed a CNA class for the 2nd time in May, and this time i actually used my certificate. I got some good experience over the summer as a home health aide. I'm a bit swamped right now with school and my main job (assistant store manager at a store) but in January I plan to do a couple nights a week at a Long Term Care facility

    A tip: Dont do home health.

    The good thing about CNA programs is they dont take long. I took anatomy already, but for CNA I also had to take Medical Terminology (which is acutally not required for the same college's LPN program, so i was so happy I got to take it anyway) and of course the CNA class. However, ours was kind of hard. We started out with like 15 students, and after 4 weeks it was down to 8.
  8. by   vintagemother
    Quote from Lame
    Yes, taking a CNA course will help a ton! ...I have learned a lot about how to provide care. I'm starting my BSN program in the spring and I hear that you learn CNA-related tasks your first semester or so. Also, becoming a CNA will allow you to figure out if you really want to become a nurse or not. It's an eye opening experience.
    I completely agree with what Lame says. I became a CNA while taking prereqs for the BSN program and it made the rest of my prereqs "come alive". I also was able to see what nurses actually do! This has been great experience for me as a Prenursing student.
  9. by   Compassion_x
    Yes, I would recommend it. So far this semester working as a CNA for a year has helped my understanding tremendously. Even if it doesn't make you look good, or give you more opportunities, it still gives you an edge educationally.
  10. by   thats so awesome
    I absolutely recommend it! You'll learn so much!

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