Whew there is a lot to say here! Ok so clarify the PRN thing comes from child labor laws alone. Since we work in 8 and 12 hour shifts and Indiana has regulations on it then you can't hold a position with certain hours because legally you can't be expected to work multiple 8 hour shifts a week.
Now I have recent experience and I will say they will only pay you more for your Cna experience if it was in house. For example you've been a Cna for 3 years but only 1 year in the facility your graduating RN in, they may give you more for that. But she is also right about doing the transition from Cna to nurse in the same facility being the way to go. One reason being that they have to give you an RN position. From the day you pass boards and have a license number and you begin orienting you have either a prn pt or ft position. Which is why I highly suggest everyone have some sort of prn job while in school because it will give you the comfort you need when your new of being acquainted with the facility and more importantly whenever you want to venture out, BAM- you are not only an RN. But an RN with experience.
Ok financial aid stuff- if your parents make decent money and you don't have any children the. Only grant your qualified for is the obannon grant and that's only if you graduate high school with a core40 or higher diploma. Your best bet is to ask the college your applying to for a list of scholarship opportunities because ill tell ya going online and seeking them out blind I guarantee you'll waste your valuable time and we don't like that :-p
Last clarification I got for ya friend is that it is a misconception about hospital pay versus ltcf pay. Not only do some ltcf pay more or the same. Factor in the responsibility levels. Now- I believe hospital RNs are amazingly skilled professionals but I also believe I worked my ASS off to be an RN and I've done mostly ltcf work so I think it's really important to start off with baby steps because I want to touch your comment about Cna's being nurses. No no not at all no. Once your a nurse you can think back to this blog n believe me. But they are vital to an effective care regimen but really you don't have any idea how much the nurse is doing until your the nurse doing it so keep that in mind. Be humble always in nursing because no matter how much experience or how little anyone can teach anyone anything. You'll never know everything and the people you run into that think they do. Well know that they are the most dangerous part of healthcare.
Always question everything. Cold hard facts are what we are always looking for. You seem to be pretty darn on target asking some really good questions for being so young. I can empathize because I entered nursing as a Cna when I was 17 and have "grown up" with it. Like your going to. And it's fun
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