1. what is your age?
2. how long have you been a nurse?
3. did you work
as a cna before becoming a nurse?
4. if yes to #3, how long did you work as a cna before becoming a nurse?
5. if no to #3, do you wish that you had?
6. regardless of whether you worked as a cna prior to becoming a nurse, do you believe working as a cna prior to nursing better prepares you to be a nurse? feel free to elaborate on your response.
i began nursing school with no clinical experience. clinicals felt awkward and i had no idea how hospitals operated.
after a year of nursing school i became a nurses' aid. i felt the experience helped me become more comfortable with interacting with patients, gave me an opportunity to practice my critical thinking and basic skills, and it helped me to better understand the hospital hierarchy and politics. it was a shock, i had no idea what i was getting myself into. i do not regret going into nursing, but i wish i had been a cna before applying for nursing school. perhaps i would have had enough experiences under my belt to really "get" what the instructors were talking about in nursing 101.