Can I Work as a Certified Nursing Assistant or Medical Assistant While in School? - page 3

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 be paid for the services that... Read More

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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.

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    As per diem yes, anything more than that will be difficult. I am a CNA.
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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!
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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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    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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    When I was a student in the 2nd year of faculty of nursing I started my career as a bed side nurse under training unpaid of course to learn nursing skills in a private health center & after 1 month I was ready for the paid job and I repeated this in different fields of nursing Hemodialysis, NICU, PICU, Medical and surgical department and I became sharply skillful in the fourth year of my studying
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    My 6 years CNA/MA experience is old but was incredibly valuable and how I ended up in nursing - they were rough jobs but I really loved them. I got to work in LTC, dermatology, plastic surgery and home care and it really fueled me to go back to school. I had some wonderful , LPN, RN and MD mentors who taught me so much - things I'm using in nursing school now. My last job was in 2000 (I ended up leaving after college), is that too long ago to add to my resume now? I'm volunteering as well but it's not the same...I miss being a MA a lot but I can't work in my accelerated program, at least during this leg of it.
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    Quote from ebinbrooklyn
    My last job was in 2000 (I ended up leaving after college), is that too long ago to add to my resume now? I'm volunteering as well but it's not the same...I miss being a MA a lot but I can't work in my accelerated program, at least during this leg of it.
    I personally wouldn't include any experience on the resume if it's more than ten years old. Certain aspects of society can be ageist, and this includes some hiring managers, so they might look at the dates and conclude you're 'older' than you really are.
    anie10 likes this.


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