CNA training in Orlando?

  1. i have been thinking about being a cna until i can go back to nursing school full time. i can't find a cna program around orlando. does anyone know how i can find one? i have tried the google searches but have no luck exept for online cna training. i would rather hands on training. if someone can help, please let me know..
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  3. by   busylady61
    Hi Mindy,
    I don't know whether this will help or not, but Orlando Tech has an accredited program where you can either go full time during the day or part-time in the evenings. It is actually a practical nursing program. But the web site says that after the first two classes, you are qualified to be a nursing aide. If you didn't want to go through the whole thing I guess you could just drop out after the second course...

    Here is the web site:

    ORLANDO TECH Florida
  4. by   luv4nursing
    hello,

    look in the orlando sentinel under medical employment, and I have seen several times where LTC's advertise free CNA training and state exam. Im sure they require you to work for them afterwards, but its not a bad trade off. There was one in particular that always offers it and I cant remember the name, but if it comes to me Ill post it.

    There are also several classes you have to pay for listed under educational that run ads weekly, but I would check into free training first. Also, like busylady mentioned, Orlando Tech offers the program. I took their LPN program and after the first 6 weeks they gave us a Nursing Assistant Certificate and we were eligible to sit for the CNA state exam if we chose to. Many of the girls in my class were HHA's, etc. I work in home health as an LPN and now I wish I had done the same as a CNA because it allows plenty of down time for studying.

    Good luck! I will post more info if I find it.
    Last edit by luv4nursing on Dec 3, '06
  5. by   mgalloLPN
    thanks everyone. i do want to go to orlando tech for the lpn program and that was my plan all along. i am just afraid that since i have to work full time right now that i may fail the lpn program. my husband and i are having a bit of a hard time right now because he is on the disney college program until january and he will then start the professional internship but will not be making much more. so i will have to work monday - friday from 8 to 5 (until i tell my boss that i am going to school) and then maybe i can work until 3 so i can leave because the part time classes at orlando tech start at 4 pm.
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    luv4nursing,

    do you think that i would be able to stick it out for 6 weeks until i can get the cna and then work full time as a cna to finish school? how much does the cnas start out making after they finish the 6 wk program? would it be better to work in a nursing home or hospital as a cna while finishing school? also, i am glad i found you on here because i think you may be my new friend, lol. when i start this, i am going to need someone to talk to so i may look for you again.

    thanks.




    i know a descent amount already from working in the medical field as a receptionist. i took the nclex-pn practice test i found online and without ever being in nursing classes, i got 28 of the 50 questions correct. i know that's not great but it's ok to start.
  6. by   luv4nursing
    Quote from mindyg22
    thanks everyone. i do want to go to orlando tech for the lpn program and that was my plan all along. i am just afraid that since i have to work full time right now that i may fail the lpn program. my husband and i are having a bit of a hard time right now because he is on the disney college program until january and he will then start the professional internship but will not be making much more. so i will have to work monday - friday from 8 to 5 (until i tell my boss that i am going to school) and then maybe i can work until 3 so i can leave because the part time classes at orlando tech start at 4 pm.
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    luv4nursing,

    do you think that i would be able to stick it out for 6 weeks until i can get the cna and then work full time as a cna to finish school? how much does the cnas start out making after they finish the 6 wk program? would it be better to work in a nursing home or hospital as a cna while finishing school? also, i am glad i found you on here because i think you may be my new friend, lol. when i start this, i am going to need someone to talk to so i may look for you again.

    thanks.




    i know a descent amount already from working in the medical field as a receptionist. i took the nclex-pn practice test i found online and without ever being in nursing classes, i got 28 of the 50 questions correct. i know that's not great but it's ok to start.


    mindy,

    several of the girls in my class worked as a home health aid on night shift and came to school in the morning. it would be even better if u did the evening program bc then you could work 11p to 7a, go home and sleep/study and go to school at 4. in home health its easy to get studying done while at work. but depending on your husbands schedule it may cause problems. my ex and i grew apart a lot while i was in school to the point we were like strangers. but that stemmed more from me bettering myself and having goals and him not so im sure that wouldnt have happened had we been on the same page. but everything happens for a reason bc im with someone i couldnt be happier with now

    granny nannies is supposed to be pretty good. most of the girls i knew made im thinking around 9.50 to 10 an hour. it might not be as much as u make now, but it sounded good to me at the time bc i ony made 8 bucks an hour at starbucks while i was in school (lol)...i was just too lazy to go thru switching jobs and they were very flexible with me so i stuck it out thru school. but also, if your job is flexible and pays u more than u would make as a cna, i would probably stick with that. if you work in a facility as a cna, you will work hard and be very tired. i would only have done it in home health bc its easy. i believe most of the ppl in the part time evening program did work during the day. i went full time days, and there were a few in there who worked full time as well. a few made it, but many didnt.

    my best advice is to go into it thinking failure is not an option. it isnt easy, but it is worth it. stay focused and you will make it. dont let anything get in the way of reaching graduation. we lost over half our class, and that is pretty common. you will be tired a lot. you will think about quitting several times. you will go around looking like death sometimes (my nickname became pigpen from charlie brown lol). i looked at is as i could struggle a little more financially than usual for a year, or if i didnt make it struggle financially forever lol. now, im financially self sufficient for the first time ever. this is something that will put you in a much better position with so many possibilities and will open so many doors. you will be on your way! as an lpn you can only go up from there (if u choose)....rn, bsn, msn, whatever you want but its a great opportunity so dont let it pass you by! it was the best thing i ever did. ill be bridging over to rn starting next month, which im exited about!

    as you can see i like to "talk" lol.
    anyway, feel free to shoot me a message anytime. ill be glad to help u out any way i can even just to listen or give advice. good luck! did u take the net yet? i had the study guide but i let someone borrow it. if i get it back you can have it. it costs about $27 and u can get it at any college bookstore. its called "the net study guide" (original, i know lol). also, i have notes from most of the lpn the program on disk id be glad to pass along. but u didnt get them from me lol (the teachers are touchy about that but i personally dont see the big deal--its not like they are tests). they are great to study from. print them and highlight/underline key points. worked like a charm for me.
  7. by   mgalloLPN
    I got some bad news today. I spoke to my manager to see if it would be possible for me to leave at around 3 so I could make it to school for 4 on Mon-Thurs. She of course said no. So now I can't go to school. My husband and I rarely see each other as it is because of his job. If I worked nights, it would be even worse. I just got the job that I have now and my husband will be really mad if I leave it. Why do things have to be so hard?
  8. by   busylady61
    Hi Mindy,
    I'm so sorry to hear your news.

    That is a real shame.

    I know you are disappointed but if you're in the mood for free advice, here is mine.... try to look at this as just a temporary setback rather than something that is final. If you keep searching, a door will open somewhere.

    Maybe your husband wouldn't be upset if you found a new job before you quit the current one...

    There has got to be something out there for you somewhere.

    Anyway, hope you feel better soon.
  9. by   luv4nursing
    Quote from busylady61
    Hi Mindy,
    I'm so sorry to hear your news.

    That is a real shame.

    I know you are disappointed but if you're in the mood for free advice, here is mine.... try to look at this as just a temporary setback rather than something that is final. If you keep searching, a door will open somewhere.

    Maybe your husband wouldn't be upset if you found a new job before you quit the current one...

    There has got to be something out there for you somewhere.

    Anyway, hope you feel better soon.


    Ditto,
    and August is quite a while away. I strongly urge you to go thru with the admission process, and if nothing comes up then u can pass up your spot but at least you will be all set to go if a door opens. If you will pm me what u currently make, Id be glad to offer ideas on something you could do for similar pay while in school. You sounded so excited, I hate to see something so small as having a boss that is a jerk and doesnt support ppl furthering their education. There were a few girls in my class who actually got fired bc they worked 3-11 at a nursing home and their DON would write them up if they were late even tho they came straight from school and the DON was fully aware of that (we got out at 2:30 or 2:45 at the lastest). Well guess what? I was jealous bc they ended up getting unemployment and makuing more than I made WORKING lol. Of course u cant tell the unemployment office u are in school, or they will deny u, but it worked for them and that was probably why they graduated. Please, I beg u, dont give up on your dream!

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