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- by MomBak2Skool Nov 11, '11Hi everyone! I've been reading posts for quite awhile and really enjoy hearing all of your experiences! I am a first semester nursing student and have been informed that at the end of this semester (only a month away...yay!) I will be able to get my CNA license just by proving I've passed my Basic Health Assessment class and my Fundamentals of Nursing class with clinical rotations. I definitely want to go for it and get a part-time job while working so I can accumulate some experience. I've already started the job hunting process and it doesn't look like there's much available at the local hospitals (I'm in the DC metro area). The openings that are available want at least 6-12 months experience. I did find some openings at assisted living facilities. I just wanted to know what anyone's suggestions are for working as a CNA while in nursing school. I know that working in these kinds of places (nursing homes, LTC, etc.) can be very demanding, but just how different is it from working as a nurse tech in a hospital? When I become an RN, I definitely want to be in an acute care hospital setting, but I know I have to get my foot in the door somewhere. Will this kind of experience really help me in the long run? Should I wait for a hospital position to open up, or will any experience be helpful? Thanks for any advice you guys have!
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- Nov 12, '11 by chevyvI was a CNA first in hospital then LTC and there are some big differences. In the hospital, you will get report, do vital signs, assist the nurse with anything they might need. You will also get some experience with the medical side of things. I worked psych, ortho, critical care, and ER. Many nurses will take you under their wing and teach you skills you'll learn in school. I assisted with codes, did telementary monitors, assisted docs with sutures etc.
In LTC , you will get report, start passing linens, get your residents up and toileted. You have the opportunity to really get to know your resident and will be comfortable with a busy assignment.
I loved working both. Either will help you be a better nurse right off the bat. Even if the ad wants 6 months of experience, apply regardless. I did during a time when hospitals weren't hiring new CNA's. I told them if they gave me a chance, I would be the best CNA they've ever had. I worked hard and stayed for 7 yrs.
- Nov 12, '11 by xtxrnI worked 40 hrs/wk during school as a CNA. Evenings only has one meal, but hs care/changing into gown/jammies....NIGHTS (my fav) has no meals, but more butt wiping. Both have different ways to help with time management skills that will be SO important when you graduate. I think being a CNA should be mandatory for getting any level of RN. It's the fastest way to learn how to hustle through what needs to be done, but still get to know the residents/patients. I worked 3-11 & 11-7 on Fri/Sat, then bounced back for 3-11 on Sun to reset sleeping at night..... not everyone wants full-time- but it is possible
Good luck- I loved LTC. I worked in hospitals and LTC (among other things when I got my license) but the CNA experience was really valuable Good luck
- Nov 12, '11 by LindaB73I did not work as a CNA while in nursing school but I totally wish I would have. I think it will give you valuable experience and will get you comfortable talking with patients. Do it if you can.
- Nov 13, '11 by TheDreamJourneyHi I am taking my skills test on thursday for CNA and the class was worth it. I learned a lot about patient care in my class. And I also did my internship at a LTC and it was a big eye opener. I enjoyed my class and shadowed the CNAs there. I also helped them care for some of the residents by applying my skills. I will start nursing school in Jan. and am already applying for CNA positions around my hometown. good luck with everything.