Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a nice end to the semester.... ugg...
I have a question.. I posted this on the CNA forum, but I wanted to post here too as I was curious as to what you have all done...
I have to be on the MN NA registry to apply to nursing school
. I am registered to take the course this summer... it is M-Th from 8am -2pm and my school is 30 minutes away. I will be picking up the babysitter in the morning and bringing her home in the afternoon... I have 3 kids and I am paying her 25.00 a day (totaling 500.00) for 5 weeks.
My class costs almost 600.00 and I also have to pay for books, a uniform, and the ins cov. Not to mention gas which is almost at 3.00/gal right now...
Anyway... the class is going to run me well over 1000.00 and the only reason I need it is to apply to the program. I will not be working as a CNA prior to school as I stay home with my kids...
So my question is (finally)... did you HAVE to take the course prior to NS, if you did, would you recommend it? Or do you think I should try to test out of it? In Minnesota they allow you to take the test out for 175.00. If I fail the skills portion, I can retake it for 85.00. I'm just wondering what the chances are that I would pass it without actually taking the course...I'm extremely nervous about failing something that I have never done before. (I only volunteer at a hospital, I've never done the work of a CNA before)
I was all set to take the class. Then someone in my class now said I should try and test out of it. My husband is thinking the same thing... he said either way is fine, but he's leaning towards the test out. I just want someone elses opinion that is going to nursing school and has been through something similar to this....
Thank you all for reading this. I'm sorry it is so long. It's driving me nuts not knowing what I should do..
May 7, '07
No, I didn't have to, but I'd take the class. In my CNA training, I learned how to take BP, pulse, resp, transfers, inserting foleys, bathing, how to deal with patients, time management, how to empty foleys, I & O, and got an appreciation for CNA's. I was a CNA for four years before I started nursing school and I feel like it helped a lot.
Of course my training was free and I was actually paid, but you will feel much more confident with patients and the people I was in clinicals with first semester noticed that.
Also, you will be able to focus on learning the other basics of nursing rather than being new to everything.
Another thing about the transfers, we didn't get any real experience with that in clinicals and I think that comes in handy.
There is much to learn as a CNA that you can't get form just reading a book, and even if you don't work as a nurse aide, you will still be ahead of the game. If you do work as a CNA, pay attention to some of the patients illness and manifestations and it will help with classes beyond foundations too.
Last edit by Lisa CCU RN on May 7, '07