I have recently graduated a CNA program in Lakeland- FL and last week took my State Board Exam, to which I passed. I went to a local nursing home to apply for a job, and already had a drug test done right there. They are working on my background check now, while I'm waiting for my certificate to show in the mail (11 business days after my exam). I will be going to the orientation on Jan. 17-18, and I am very eager to start! They seem very nice there, happy faces, very tidy and clean environment. That really impressed and encouraged me! Well I am thinking of taking the LPN course next yr at the local Votech. Classes start in July. I must still take my TABE and the registration to the LPN course is at the end of Jan 08. So I have to have everything ready for it. I have 4 questions: 1st one is - I read that there is a federal law that the nursing homes have to pay you back for your CNA tuition and State board fee, is that true? 2nd question - I am planning on continue working as a CNA on that same nursing home after I start my LPN course, but I imagine I will have to work part time because of the school hours/ study schedule, etc. Do most nursing homes pay for your LPN course if you sign a work contract with them? 3rd question - What is the difference in pay between CNA and LPN? 4th question - how is the transition from CNA to LPN, in terms of study (obviously LPN is longer and more details, etc) and job stress level? Thank you so much for reading my post. I am new in the healthcare sector, and I do not know what to expect!!!
"nicer is the change from doing a lot of physical work to starting using your brain again"!
How dare you insinuate that CNA's don't use their brains. We may not have the education that an LPN or RN does but we do have brains. We also have compassion, something that most RN's lose once they become an RN. Numerous times I have considered schooling for LPN/RN and changed my mind because I love who I am when I am around the elderly population. My patients enjoy my company, my love and my compassion toward them. I consider them my family. Most times after I put in my day, I sit and read a book for a resident or simply sit and have a conversation with a resident. I work full time for a very large nursing care facility in PA, I get paid very well for what I do ($14 per hour w/full benefits, 401k, employer contribution retirement plan, etc), I am 46 yrs old and my family is grown and away at college. I am very happy and fulfilled being a C.N.A; the residents look forward to seeing me every single day. The work is hard but very fulfilling. My C.N.A schooling was paid for where I was accepted and I was paid to go to school ($9 per hour).
Please if you are out there considering becoming a C.N.A and you are a loving, compassionate, hard working individual that thinks quick on your feet, then go for it. It is a very rewarding career. The healthcare industry needs more of us, we are the people the residents depend on everyday, that certain smiling face. C.N.A's do use their brains and don't let anyone tell you that they don't.
**I realize this post is long after Dessyrell's post but I had to reply to his/her harsh comment**
Last edit by PACNA on Apr 15, '10