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Can I Work as a Certified Nursing Assistant or Medical Assistant While in School? - page 2

Imagine you are a nursing student who wants to start accruing healthcare experience now. However, volunteering at a hospital or nursing home might be totally out of the question because you need to... Read More

  1. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Quote from anie10
    However, I can't leave the state where an ADN costs a mere $46/per credit @ the local jc.
    In the area of Texas where I live, an ADN can be earned for $50 per credit hour at the local community college district. I was born and raised in southern CA and moved out of state back in 2005, so I realize how hard the job situation is there.
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  2. Visit  anie10 profile page
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    Thanks, @TheCommuter... I was hoping you'd pipe in... I remember reading you attended CasaLoma, off of Kester.

    I might have to move to Texas.
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  3. Visit  Cali_BSN,RN_209 profile page
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    I'm really glad I became a CNA. I feel that the experience I've gained as CNA has helped me in my BSN program.. I work the night shift 11pm-715am on weekends and sometimes pick up shifts during the week depending on the amount of homework and studying I have. It really helps to have an employer that's understanding of your schooling situation and most will work with you. I don't regret getting my CNA.
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  4. Visit  anie10 profile page
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    @Nurse2b209 - I feel my certification is worthwhile as well... Just frustrated with the job search.

    I was sooo excited when I did my clinicals, I loved doing everything.
  5. Visit  EsthyLady profile page
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    Good information for nursing students to have! A CNA in my state need only take a 75 hr board certified course, including 3 days of clinical, then pass a relatively easy writtin and practical exam. I found a course that I could do over X-mas break and it cost about $700. I was employed within a week of passing my CNA exams and had made back the cost of my certification within my first paycheck. However, I have heard similar stories of MAs having some difficulty finding work. I work with quite a few MAs who basically ended up in the role of CNA, yet they had to work harder and pay more for their certification as an MA. While the hours and work of an MA are easier usually, there is simply a never a shortage of CNA positions, while MA jobs are harder to come by. Also, MA programs are often more expensive and can foster unrealistic expectations (though I do also now some happily employed MAs as well). I am starting my LPN program in May (YAY!!!), and I am so glad I completed my CNA because while I don't want to continue work full time while in school, I can do PRN work, work part time or a bed sitting job or work whatever hours or shifts I choose that are offered by an agency. I think it's very good for newly graduated LPNs especially to have CNA experience because chances are they will be working somewhere in LTC, which is also where most CNAs end up working. Therefore new LPNs will be able to say they have substantial hands-on experience in LTC even if it is only their first LPN job. TY for posting!
  6. Visit  EsthyLady profile page
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    Quote from besaangel
    I did my CNA certification prior to going back to school for my RN. The knowledge I gained from the clinical training portion however, was indeed vital and made the first semester of school rather easy; as compared to an inexperienced nursing student. Quite a few of my classmates wished they had done this to gain prior insight into nursing but its not a detriment in either situation.

    Working as a Home health aide was agonizing and I hated it for the year I did it (if I stayed there, I probably would've given up on nursing altogether). The training though, was a great experience and I loved learning the fundamentals. But CNA work wasn't fulfilling for me.
    Yeah, I agree that CNA work can be quite thankless, boring and strenous. But it is a paycheck and it is experience that others entering the nursing field won't have under their belt. When I finish my nursing program, I'll be glad to put my CNA experience on my Resume. But also glad to never have to be one again hopefully!
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  7. Visit  besaangel profile page
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    Quote from EsthyLady
    Yeah, I agree that CNA work can be quite thankless, boring and strenous. But it is a paycheck and it is experience that others entering the nursing field won't have under their belt. When I finish my nursing program, I'll be glad to put my CNA experience on my Resume. But also glad to never have to be one again hopefully!
    So true lol... I dont miss the $10/hr for 30 hrs/week and putting over 19k miles on my brand new car that year... but it did make me realize why I'll never settle for anything mediocre (that particular job/hours/mngr)

    Though, the take away is "EXP is exp" whether good or bad

    But in all honesty, I think I wouldnt hate being a CNA that much if I wasnt in HH because the PCTs here has it pretty good.
  8. Visit  ThePrincessBride profile page
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    I work as a nurse's aide. Great decision, great experience, nice income too. I highly recommend every nursing student to work as a nurse's aide, if possible.
  9. Visit  MommaTy profile page
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    As per diem yes, anything more than that will be difficult. I am a CNA.
  10. Visit  silverbat profile page
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    I think that EVERY nursing student should be REQUIRED to work as a CNA before beginning an LPN or Rn program( unless already have experience as CNA, and then that exp should "count") and should continue that during semester breaks, etc., while in school. Perhaps the schools should place credit value on this work and it could apply to the entire process?
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    In the area of Texas where I live, an ADN can be earned for $50 per credit hour at the local community college district. I was born and raised in southern CA and moved out of state back in 2005, so I realize how hard the job situation is there.
    Hi @TheCommuter!

    I just got accepted at Los Angeles Southwest College's RN program for the fall and I have an interview for a CNA position in a hospital on Monday!

    What a difference two months and a change in tude' can make!
  12. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Quote from anie10
    Hi @TheCommuter!

    I just got accepted at Los Angeles Southwest College's RN program for the fall and I have an interview for a CNA position in a hospital on Monday!

    What a difference two months and a change in tude' can make!
    Thanks for the update. I hope your rock the interview and get the job! And congratulations on your acceptance into Southwest College!
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  13. Visit  MrsClarkRN profile page
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    Quote from anie10
    Hi @TheCommuter!

    I just got accepted at Los Angeles Southwest College's RN program for the fall and I have an interview for a CNA position in a hospital on Monday!

    What a difference two months and a change in tude' can make!
    I hope you get the job!!!!

    I work as CNA in a hospital and I love it! I'm in second semester or an ASN program...I also want to become a Nurse Practitoner so I pick their brains everytime I see one!

    The experience is really invaluable and although you won't be in the nurse role you get to see a glimpse into what your life will be as a nurse and not to mention once you get into a hospital it is MUCH easier to move up rather than being an outsider trying to get in.

    And I agree people should be CNA's before they enter Nursing school! For 1) the experience 2) what if nursing isn't for you and you don't know it until 2-4 years later?? and 3) RNs should experience the "grunt work" we go through as CNA's!!
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