It's absolutely a good idea to get a job as a CNA while you're in NS! First, you are getting your foot in the door of the hospital, which may make it easier to land a job there. Unfortunately, it doesn't always turn into a position, beause most hospitals have quite a few nursing students working for them, and they can't hire them all. At least you will have your job experience to put on your resume - which would be an obvious advantage over a new grad with no experience. Second good reason to work as a CNA is the experience - clinical experience of course, but also experience just talking to and getting used to working closely with patients. When I started nursing school
I had no experience in the medical field whatsoever. I got a job as a CNA and it really helped me get over feeling awkward and tounge-tied. Lastly, you can make connections while working in a hospital - become friendly with the other nurses and nurse managers, and network so when you do graduate you will have a list of people you can call on during your job search
. You will also have some really great references.
I realize some people already have jobs while in school - I did, too. However, I knew this was something I really needed to do, so I worked one to two 8 hour shifts per week in addition to my regular job, plus nursing school. In the summer when school was out I worked more shifts. It was really, really hard - but so worthwhile.
Good Luck to you!