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- Feb 27, '10 by peaceluvinurse2bQuote from staceymyers27I cannot agree with David enough! I am a tech right now and am about to begin at Chamberlain College of Nursing on March 1st. I agree with him in regards to his views about being accepted into a program... there is one out there for you. But if you do not have the time to sit and wait to be accepted to a community college, you may have to apply to a private school, like I did. It is more expensive, but in the long run it will benefit you. You will end up with a BSN degree, which many hospitals are looking for from new grads anyway. Chamberlain has a 3 year accelerated program (if you are starting from scratch with no prereqs completed). I have many prereqs completed, so I am looking at taking about 2 years from start to finish to complete my BSN degree.
I also agree with him in regards to his advice about working on the floor. Being a tech, I understand the importance of guidance of a good nurse. Working as a tech (CNA) is extremely hard work, and without a nurses guidance, it is nearly impossible to be confident in your skills. Some nurses are not willing to help with taking patients to the bathroom. I will get a call on my phone from the front desk stating the room 02A has to go to the bathroom. The same nurse will call me 30 seconds later and tell me that room 19B has to go to the bathroom. This is all while I am taking ANOTHER patient to the bathroom. Obviously I cannot be in 3 places at one time. That means that the nurse would rather have 2 patients wait to go to the bathroom. And this is when patient falls happen- people get impatient (I wonder why?) and get up to go to the bathroom on their own with a nerve block still in effect.
So, it is really important to not only train your CNA well, but to be willing to help them out when they are getting backed-up.
Thanks for the advice, David! I really appreciate it!
Are you in the Joliet area? I'm starting at JJC this summer to begin my prereq's for the nursing program but I want to work as a CNA while I go to school. I checked out JJC's CNA program but it looks like it's about $1,100.00. I've been trying to find another program somewhere else but haven't had much luck. Where did you take your CNA course? Thanks for any info you may have. Peace & Love,
- Feb 28, '10 by David1Yes I am in the Joliet area. I have talked to the JJC Nurisng Director. Becoming a C.N.A. is not required to get into their nursing program. Nursing 140 is, or it's an elective, unless I am mistaken. (I am not sure, but I am checking into the program and I have not made up my mind to attend to it). Nursing 140 is an overview course on nursing that could give you heads up if you want to become a nurse.
You can become a C.N.A by going to Spectrum, PCCTI, I believe their tuition costs are lower. They are located in Oak Brook Terrace.
Being a C.N.A. is nothing like a nurse. Talk to the nursing dean at JJC for advice. $1100 is a lot of money to become a C.N.A. $1100.00 is just about four full time classes at JJC (one term). That $1100. would be better spent paying for other courses you need.
The pay for C.N.A.'s is low and it is very hard work. The pay is $9.75 hour to $10.50 an hour. The schedule that you would work is not as flexible as you would think. My daughter works as a bank teller. Her hours are wonderful, and she makes more money than a C.N.A., while she is going to get her pre-reguisites done at JJC.
Oh working in assisted living facilities pay the same but not at much risk and lighter duty. Provena Hospital two years ago paid my wife in the dementia Domiano unit as an Activity Aide on the weekeneds close to $14.00 hours. She did not even have to become a C.N.A.
You could check out a medical technician type course that is less expensive, like phlebotomist or a medical assistant. You could work in a doctors office (nicer work environmnet). Get a job at a hospital of some sort, or if you are a C.N.A. work in a doctors office too.
If you can, get your BSN in nursing. You can then be assured placement in a hospital. I feel being a C.N.A. in a nursing home carries too much risk where you could be accused of abuse and neglect if you are not careful in carrying out your duties. I feel that C.N.A.s are special type of people for what they do and put up with from residents and fellow staff members. They do not get the credit that is due them and the burn out is high.
Good luck to you. If you do become a C.N.A. that is great. I don't want to discourage you. We need loving capable people out their to be C.N.A.s.
- Jul 22, '11 by Reese2012Quote from peaceluvinurse2bAre you in the Joliet area? I'm starting at JJC this summer to begin my prereq's for the nursing program but I want to work as a CNA while I go to school. I checked out JJC's CNA program but it looks like it's about $1,100.00. I've been trying to find another program somewhere else but haven't had much luck. Where did you take your CNA course? Thanks for any info you may have. Peace & Love,
Try Spectrum Nursing in Bolingbrook, IL. I went there for my CNA class and it was about $700.00. Pretty reasonable. Your clinicals were held in Westmont.
- Feb 4, '12 by determined_30Anyone still here taking prerequisites at jjc?