I am a nursing student in a BSN program. I want to eventually become an RN, but I would like to be able to make some $$$ and gain some experience before I graduate. Is it possible to be a CNA or LPN after a certain amount of nursing school? If so, how much? Can LPNs and CNAs work part time? Do you need a certain amount of clinical hours. I live in MA. Thank you.
Sep 12, '02
by Nurse Ratched
LPN's are nurses with their own nursing programs and they must pass boards like RN's. So you become an LPN by attending an LPN prgram and passing the NCLEX-PN, not by getting partway through your RN program.
CNA's, certfied nursing assistants, have a certain number of hours of classroom learning and training, as well as having to pass a written and clinical competency. Some facilities hire students as "techs" or "care assistants" or other roles that don't requires the certification.
Forgot to add that you can work as a nurse intern at many facilities (usually after a certain number of semesters of clinicals are completed) but as we discussed in another thread, these jobs also often wind up being essentially aide roles.
Last edit by Nurse Ratched on Sep 12, '02
what program and where did you challenge the lvn board at ?
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