Summer 2012 at West Ga - page 2

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  1. Visit  FrysGIRL profile page
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    I just read over the CNA FAQ and I think you have to have the CNA license before you can even register for nursing classes. Registration for Summer starts late March so I'll have a better chance of choosing the professors I want if I get my CNA license early. Plus, I wouldn't want to go through CNA school while I'm trying to prepare for the finals. Although spring semester has already started, the workload isn't too heavy until more towards the end of the semester. Either way, it's going to be tough going to CNA school while going to college full-time.
  2. Visit  karamarie91 profile page
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    Quote from FrysGIRL
    I just read over the CNA FAQ and I think you have to have the CNA license before you can even register for nursing classes. Registration for Summer starts late March so I'll have a better chance of choosing the professors I want if I get my CNA license early. Plus, I wouldn't want to go through CNA school while I'm trying to prepare for the finals. Although spring semester has already started, the workload isn't too heavy until more towards the end of the semester. Either way, it's going to be tough going to CNA school while going to college full-time.
    Well, you can call them and see if they want you to have the cna before registration or before actually going to the summer class. BTW, do you live in the carrollton area? I ask because I just got a job around me(I live in Metro Atl) and its as a hospital tech, so I really wanna keep it. UWG is an 1 1/2 hours away from both my house and the hospital.

    Perhaps, living in that area(carrollton- maybe on campus) would be a better idea. I've never been out there, but it seems like a small, tight knit program. Have you heard anything about the program?
  3. Visit  FrysGIRL profile page
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    Good idea, I'll give them a call shortly just to be extra sure. No, I live in Douglasville which is about 45 minutes away. If I were you, I would live close to the school and the hospital where the school will be doing clinicals. Even though I'm a little closer, I'm considering making the move. Also, if you do get accepted, are you going to be working and doing school at the same time? It might be too much of a distraction. Even though I would like some spending money too, I'm considering living off of loans for the next two years. I don't know much about Carollton, but I have see UWG on Campus PD. It's a show on TV basically about police officers trying to control drunk people - LOL. Seems like a real party town, probably cause there isn't much to do.
  4. Visit  karamarie91 profile page
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    Quote from FrysGIRL
    Good idea, I'll give them a call shortly just to be extra sure. No, I live in Douglasville which is about 45 minutes away. If I were you, I would live close to the school and the hospital where the school will be doing clinicals. Even though I'm a little closer, I'm considering making the move. Also, if you do get accepted, are you going to be working and doing school at the same time? It might be too much of a distraction. Even though I would like some spending money too, I'm considering living off of loans for the next two years. I don't know much about Carollton, but I have see UWG on Campus PD. It's a show on TV basically about police officers trying to control drunk people - LOL. Seems like a real party town, probably cause there isn't much to do.
    Yea, I plan to work at the same time. I got offered a full time position on days, but when I start the program I might have to go full time nights or maybe part time(even though I don't really wanna do part-time because I just started this job). As for distractions, I think I'll be fine because I'm pretty focused. Most of all, I just got to play it by ear. Do you know where UWG does the clinicals? Because when I spoke to the advisor, she said they use many hospitals/facilities form WellStar to Tanner Medical. Do you know anyone in the nursing program and do they have anything to say about it?
  5. Visit  FrysGIRL profile page
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    I'll ask them about the clinical hospitals when I call them and let you know. Hopefully it's close to where we currently live. I don't know anybody at this school's nursing program Would be nice though.
  6. Visit  motivatedmommy profile page
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    Sorry to hijack the thread, but karamarie91 I have a question for you. I am fresh out of a cna course and looking for work. I'm looking for mostly hospital based work and I was wondering how did you come into your current position? Also was experience a very big factor for you?
  7. Visit  karamarie91 profile page
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    @motivatedmommy, when I first came out of cna school I too was looking for hospital work but I realized that they really want experience. When I got this PCT job, I only had 9 months of experience in a nursing home but I also had volunteer experience at 2 hospitals. I just tried to tie in all those experiences together to show them I am qualified for the job. It also helps if you are going to nursing school because hospitals like nursing students because they see them as an investment. I emphasized how much I wanted to become a RN at their hospital. So I would say yes, experience is a big factor but also alot of applications and netoworking!

    You could try nursing homes, home health agencies, and agencies that do hospital sitter services. Being a sitter at a hospital was great because I was still in the hospital even though I only had 1 patient and had to literally sit and monitor them for 12 hours. Still, it had so much to talk about from it. So find whatever way to get experience. Nursing homes and hospitals are alike in many ways! And a nursing manager told me she likes cna's from the nursing home because many hospital patients these days(especially on med-surg floors) are older adults.

    Good luck!
  8. Visit  motivatedmommy profile page
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    Thanks for your advice. I have less than a year volunteer experience at the children's hospital, so I will try to tie that in somehow. Do you think home health would give me some kind of leverage? Most hospitals I see are looking for 1 year experience in an acute setting. And I'm possibly seeking to venture off into the pct route. Do you find that pct is more competive than cna? One thing for sure is that I certainly see a lot more postings for pct within the hospital setting.
  9. Visit  karamarie91 profile page
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    Quote from motivatedmommy
    Thanks for your advice. I have less than a year volunteer experience at the children's hospital, so I will try to tie that in somehow. Do you think home health would give me some kind of leverage? Most hospitals I see are looking for 1 year experience in an acute setting. And I'm possibly seeking to venture off into the pct route. Do you find that pct is more competive than cna? One thing for sure is that I certainly see a lot more postings for pct within the hospital setting.
    PCT is the same thing as a CNA basically, other than they can do a few extra things in the hospital environment. I have my CNA license but now I'm a PCT and I didn't even have to do the course. Many job postings for PCT have under qualifications," must hold CNA or nurse assistant license, or completed PCT course". I refused to spend the money for a PCT course when it is not even guaranteed that you will get a PCT job in a hospital. At least, CNA license carries you practically anywhere. That "1 year of experience in an acute setting" made me annoyed too. But I found that the sitting experience in the hospital helped(but that was for only 1 month, so...) I think any experience is better than no experience, but I would rather do nursing home than home health because having nursing home experience shows that you can multitask and prioritze with 8-10 people, which is what you will have if not more at the hospital. Home health is OK, I never did it due to a lack of assignments.

    PCT in the hopsitals is more competitive than CNA because hospital work is supposedly easier than nursing home work and pays better than any other kind of CNA work. I got my PCT job by just randomly calling one of the general med-surg floors at a hospital and speaking to the nursing manager. I told her why I wanted to work there and she refferred me to the nursing recruiter. The recruiter called me days later and I got an interview with her, then the nursing manager, and then shadowed the floor for 2 hours and got a panel interview with some of the staff. So it's a drawn out process but only to see if you fit.
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  10. Visit  FrysGIRL profile page
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    Just got off of the phone with the nursing department. So, yes, where they do their clinicals vary every year. They have even done them at Northside in Atlanta, so for right now, it might be beneficial not to move to Carrollton just yet. Also, you can register for nursing classes without the CNA license, however, you MUST have the license by the time classes start. This is such a relief for me, I didn't want to overwhelm myself with CNA school and college at the same time. Although, I haven't been able to find a CNA school that doesn't overlap with my current school schedule though
  11. Visit  karamarie91 profile page
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    Thanks FrysGIRL for calling! There are CNA schools that have evening classes as well as weekend classes, but they are probably closer to ATL however. Further out is where they have more limited options.

    You might to look at Craigslist and see what schools are advertising. That's what I did. I made sure they were accreditated with GA Health Partnership first though! Because they have to be accreditated(meaning they have an active license, not expired or pending) for you to sit for the exam.
  12. Visit  FrysGIRL profile page
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    I used UWG's CNA provider's list and I've called at least 10 in the local area and some in Atlanta, but it seems like they are all the same schedule, it's almost uncanny. They all either start early April, so it'll interfere with the study time I'll need for the finals. Or they all start in mid-May, which is too late for completion by the time UWG's classes start on June 1st. If I can find one that starts early May, then I will be happy.
  13. Visit  karamarie91 profile page
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    well do the early april cna classes have evening or weekend options. I remember when I had a full course schedule and was taking cna classes M-Th during the days. So, it is possible.

    How about this school? Covenant CNA School. They are in Atlanta. Home Page

    I hope the link works, but I was actually going to try them but I ended up finding something cheaper and a little bit closer to me. But the link I posted should be the course schedule and they have evening classes it appears.

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