I was told that my completion of the first semster in nursing quilifies myself to be a NA. Anone know if that is true? Is there a exam you have to take?
Feb 28, '04
It also depends on what you mean by "qualified."
After our first semester, we were "eligible" to work in the local hospitals as NAs to distinguish us from the PSAs (Patient Support Assoc) despite both NAs and PSAs having the same job description. It also entitled us to a higher starting pay of a few bucks an hour. All of us had to go through a weeklong hospital orientation for policies, Codes, phlebotomy, etc.
As an actual job "title" it meant very little: no testing required, no licensure, and, as I mentioned, the identical tasking as PSAs. Both our hospitals said they had NA training programs in place to "orient" us to nursing (follow nurses, etc), but that was BS in both our hospitals. We were usually so busy we never had time to mosey around behind a nurse. Basically, we WERE PSAs, plain and simple. Baths, cleaning people, blood draws, EKGs, glucose checks, etc.
That being said, the working experience itself is invaluable. The extensive patient contact alone is well worth it. Excellent chance to see the good and the bad along with the unbelievable side of nursing.
Last edit by PHM on Feb 28, '04