How many of you were CNA's before you went into nursing? - page 3

Good morning...I am considering taking CNA courses in June, and I was wondering how many nurses on this board started out as CNA's before becoming a nurse? Thanks, Cryssi... Read More

  1. by   rnmaven
    I was a CNA while I was in High School and my first year of Nursing School. It was in a nursing home and I got this very strange idea that nursing was easy because we CNA's did all the work......BOY did I learn that was NOT the case!

    Then I became a unit secretary in the hospital where I was going to nursing school.

    Thank GOD I did all these jobs because now, when nobody's doing their job I can just do it ALL!!!! (Said sarcastically! )
  2. by   mimi190
    I hear you. I also was a CNA. I worked in a nursing home as well. That is one reason that I did not persue being an RN and went with Medical Billing.
  3. by   Betty_SPN_KS
    Were we to guess the right answer?
  4. by   Betty_SPN_KS
    Count me in. I am a CNA. Now a graduate practical nurse. Waiting to take NCLEX-PN.
  5. by   FROGGYLEGS
    I applied for a CNA job that provided training when I was 18. Then I found out what the job really entailed and what it paid so I ran away.

    I started nursing school and eventually had to quit my job because it was impossible to do both. I needed a job with really flexible hours due to clinicals and such. The only thing I could find that would work around my school schedule was as a CNA. They let me "test out" of the CNA training to get the certificate.

    Lol, I don't know if I'm a "yes" or a "no". I worked 6 months or so as a CNA, but I wouldn't have chosen that field if it weren't for the circumstances.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    nope ....went straight for my RN w/o any medical background. Had a lot of catching up to do, but it worked out great. I wanted to be an RN, and knew it for years, so I went straight for that goal, all the way. no regrets.
  7. by   zenman
    Yep, started as a CNA.
  8. by   debbiemig
    I was a Nurses aide before I went to nursing school. I was not certified, that was way before certification was started. I personally don't see why certification is needed! I remember when the kids used to work after school and on holidays, during the summer and winter vacations. Many kids did it to see if nursing was what they may want to do. Now it costs too much money to go through the course. I also think the quality of CNAs has deteriorated since starting to require certification! There are some GREAT CNAs where I work, but there are more terrible ones who are angry and resentful!This is only my personal experience. I have worked in Long term care, the same facility for over 30 yrs. this is what I observed! I value those that enjoy their job and take pride in how their residents are cared for.Also having been a nurses aide, I wouldn't ask anyone to do something that I wouldn't do or haven't done. Respect is key!
  9. by   TBLPN
    I was a CNA and then a QMA before I went to Nursing School to become a LPN. It definitely helped getting through nursing school and all those clinical hours!!!




    Quote from Cryssi
    Good morning...I am considering taking CNA courses in June, and I was wondering how many nurses on this board started out as CNA's before becoming a nurse?

    Thanks,

    Cryssi
  10. by   Chaya
    Yes, was a CNA briefly my last semester in school so I could get more clinical experience. It also got me my current job!
  11. by   LuLu123NY
    Quote from Cryssi
    Good morning...I am considering taking CNA courses in June, and I was wondering how many nurses on this board started out as CNA's before becoming a nurse?

    Thanks,

    Cryssi
    I started out as a student nurse aide while in nursing school then became a nursing assistant until I graduated . I could never have graduated without working in the hospital. All those pt assignments paid off for clinicals. I also had a very good comfort level for clinicals, thanks to working part time as a nursing assistant while in nursing school.
    LuLu
  12. by   mattsmom81
    I was able to work as a tech (CNA with extra duties) while I went to nursing school..the opportunity came with the training (diploma/hospital based program).

    I feel it helped me greatly ...I could apply my learning to on the job experiences that were based on reality vs in the classroom.

    But no I wasn't a CNA prior to attending nursing school...and to be honest if I had been I may not be a nurse now, as I might have chosen a different profession based on my personality type. In retrospect I probably could have chosen a better field 'for me'...altho I've made the best of it, made it work through the years and find satisfaction from what I do, nursing is not without its problems today, and is not for everyone.

    Best wishes to you whatever you decide to do...CNA work will give you a birds eye view of nursing for sure.
  13. by   BGSUstudent
    I was a school aide (nurse aide) at my local hospital my senior year of high school. Then a CNA for 2 years at a nursing home. Currently a nurse tech at my local hospital for a little over a year. Graduating with my BSN in May of 2005.

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