Quote from Natbail
I am 51 years old and have a full time 8 - 5 job Monday through Friday. But I have always wanted to become a CNA and eventually nurse. Can I train to become a CNA/nurse evenings and weekends, or even on the internet (while still on my day job?). My eventual plan is to continue my day job while doing weekend and/or evening nursing.
Friends are telling me that if I take an online course, no hospital will hire me. Is that correct? (I would like some responses from nurses... would you guys feel like I can be properly trained?) How long does will it take me if I do evening and weekend classes?
What are your thoughts and opinions. Be Honest, I can take it.
I'm not a nurse but I am a CNA. I feel that you are never too old to do anything. When you're 85 and in a nursing home do you want to look back on this with regret, wishing you had gone for it? Be aware, that it is hard physical work. Lifting and turning patients for 8 or 12 hours as a CNA is hard.
Check to see if there are any evening or night classes you could take to be a CNA. I know in our area there is one LTC facility that does evening classes. As far as online classes go, I think in most states (probably all) you need hands on experience with patients before you can take the state test. My CNA class consisted of 2 weeks of classroom time and then after that we spent our time on the floor working as students.
Honestly, doing the job you have now and nursing is going to be REALLY difficult. Nursing is not only physical work but it can be emotionally draining. You can work for 8 hours and never have time to pee or eat. Breaks are standing up at the nurse's station and snacking. You are not guaranteed anything.
Whatever you decide I wish you luck!