Ft. Lauderdale Nursing Question

  1. Hi! I am currently an animal nurse but I am interesting in starting a Certified Nursing Program in Ft. Lauderdale. I am looking for advice and/or suggestions as to schooling and/or programs in the area. I am new to this field and I am unsure as to where to start.

    Thanks in advance,
    Heather
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Nurse Ratched
    Moving this to the Florida forum .
  4. by   papawjohn
    Hey Animlnrs

    I take it you're a 'vet tech' or something similar? There ARE of course RNs working in veterinary offices. But you didn't specify your background so I guess your questions are 'how do I get started in nursing school?' and 'does my work with animal care give me any advantages'?

    Well--the three obvious things to check out are LPN programs thru Vocational Education in your county school system, Associate Degree programs in the nearest community college or a Bachelors in Nursing at a College or University. You can check these out yourself because--hey! you found us here.

    Will your veterinary background help you out? Have you taken any college courses to get where you're at? If so--they might transfer at a CommCollege or University. But I doubt that a Nursing School would give you any credit toward your clinicals.

    Good Luck
    Papaw John
  5. by   anmlnrs
    Thank you so much for your response! I see you are in Tampa..are you aware of any CNA schools in Ft. Lauderdale for me to attend and what are the most important questions I should ask when I find these schools.
    I know there are about 5 programs close by and tons more around, but I want to make sure that I am receiving the proper training and that the programs are legitatmate.

    Thanks in advance
  6. by   papawjohn
    Hey Again Anmlnrs!!

    CNA is a good place to start if you're interested in a career doing this some-times-strange but almost always interesting work. I'm afraid I don't have good advice on how to get into a CNA program where you live. In Tennessee, my Mrs took a CNA class at a nursing home in exchange for a 6month committment. I don't think that's available in FLA. I'd suggest that you call the County School Board--ask about Vocational-Adult Ed programs. If they don't teach them they would surely give you the number of people who do.

    Again, Good Luck
    Keep us informed

    Papaw John
  7. by   pinayfl
    I heard Cleveland clinic in Weston has a program similar to CNA but they call it PCT or PCA (patient care tech/patient care asst). You can check their website. I know National School of Technology has CNA progam too.

    http://www.clevelandclinic.org/florida/

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