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Hello! I also just applied. I took the GRE last year and honestly don't remember my scores but I recommend you start studying now because it's kind of a hard. It is my first choice also-fingers crossed!!!
Hi! I would check MultiCare if any of their hospitals are near you (Good Sam, TG, Auburn, Covington). I volunteered at the ER at Tacoma General for a year, got my CNA, and then got a job there (I am also taking my nursing school prereqs). I think my volunteer experience helped. The volunteer schedule is very flexible, and there are usually a lot of slots available - especially once summer is over because so many people go back to school and only volunteered for summer. Good luck!
You are definitely not alone! I also started down the nursing route at 21 after finishing 4 years of business school and deciding I had no desire to do anything related to my major. I am about to start my second year of pre-reqs (I also needed my sciences). The only reason it has taken me this long is because I am taking one class at a time since I want to give myself the best chance possible to get the highest GPA I can. I remember feeling very frustrated at the beginning that I had such a long ways to go, and people on here encouraged me that the whole process is a marathon and not a sprint...yeah well somedays it has felt like a crawl, backwards. But I can tell you that the time has flown by and I am going to be able to apply to nursing schools this fall for the following year. I started in 2012 with prereqs and nursing school will be 2014 for me, which sounds like the same timeline as you. Tons of people decide on nursing later on in life-much later than you or me actually! In fact most of my science classes are filled with pre-nursing students and the age ranges from 18-50, with mid 20s being the average. So take a deep breath and know that you are in the same boat as tons of other people. Good luck and remember to enjoy the journey, I promise you it will go by faster than you think!
It is harder but not impossible without experience. I agree with the volunteering idea though. I volunteered in the ER for a year while I was in school and taking my CNA class. Like you I also didn't want to work at a nursing home because I had a horrific experience in clinicals. Well...8 months of nonstop hospital applications later and I decided to suck it up and apply to a nursing home where I was hired the next day. It was pretty awful, but I kept applying for hospital positions and a month later I got 3 interviews! The managers who interviewed me still had my old resume and didn't even know I had experience! The fact that I volunteered is what got me the interview in the first place. I now work at the hospital and I love my job. The worst day here is better than the best day at the nursing home, and I am thankful beyond words for my job. I don't know if I would appreciate it as much as I do had I not had the experience in the nursing home.
So...my advice would be to volunteer for sure! Any connections you have will help too. And if you do have to work in a nursing home for a little while you will appreciate your future job so much more. No experience is ever worthless! Also, I recommend you pick rehab over long term care...that was my first mistake! Good luck
I'm taking A&P I as well. I was going to take micro too but decided against it because I just got hired full-time as a CNA and have another part-time job as well
Congrats on passing your exam!! Woo!! Are you in LTC or a hospital? I've been a CNA for 3 days now (haha!) and I can already tell you pens, pens and more pens. You also might want your own personal hand sanitizer, lip balm, a small notepad and - if you're allowed to - your own blood pressure cuff/stethoscope. These have a funny way of disappearing though, so keep it with you at all times and don't let anyone borrow it (they're all going to borrow it anyway though, so just be sure you get it back!) GOOD LUCK
You guys were right. It's really not bad to very quickly wrap your brain around the "gross" stuff - I think I just hadn't been around it in awhile. As for being depressed...well yesterday I cried after my shift...but today I just put on my "big girl panties" and dealt with it My biggest obstacle is time management but I hope that I get faster with time. A lot of the other CNA's are bigger fans of the hospice residents, but those make me sad and are more difficult for me to deal with mentally. Today I got to be with all alert residents and enjoyed it so much (even though their call lights went off about 1000x more haha). But they were so hilarious and fun and they really like me, woo!
Clearly I was struggling with the repy button last time - haha I haven't actually posted on this site in awhile now oops! Thank you for the advice and again for the encouragement!! You have made me feel so much better. Good luck on your nursing career! I know we'll both get there, one step at a time
Thank you! This was really encouraging!
Thank you so much for your post! Yes, I definitely will need to keep my big-girl panties well-stocked I am a lot better at dealing with blood and other body fluids then, say, incontinent residents. As a nurse someday, I really look forward to working with people of all ages and I like the idea of making people better-like at a hospital, they usually get to go home eventually (hopefully!). It's just a different world than the one I am most excited for. But you're right, it's not forever. I am thankful for the job and the opportunity to get great experience. I do love elderly people, so I'm sure if I just pay attention to their nonverbal cues and am my usual friendly self that it will be fine. I think I'm just REALLY nervous that I will suck or something! You said it takes time, so I will just have to be patient with myself I suppose. How long have you been a CNA?
Hello! I was just hired at a LTC facility as a CNA. I start this week. I'm scared. I am pre-nursing, about halfway through my prereqs and need the hours for my nursing school application. When I did my clinicals at a nursing home I remember it being one of the hardest things I have ever done. I held it together well, the residents loved me and I loved them, but it was difficult. I remember that I had to just completely remove myself (mentally) from so many tasks in order to make it through (of course, I never let on that I found it difficult/gross!) While I'm so grateful for this job and want to love it...I just have a lot of anxiety about it. Here are my obstacles:
1. The work itself, let's be honest, is super unpleasant and gross.
2. I find it really depressing to only care for old people
3. I'm extremely friendly/bubbly/talkative, but I struggle with elderly people who can't communicate/tell me what they need.
Can you guys please share with me how you deal with all of this on a daily basis? I want to love this job, I want to be awesome at it, I want to handle all the ickies...I don't want to feel like I felt that week at clinicals. Maybe you have a mantra you tell yourself or something? Anything? Haha please help me.
Thank you!! I'll definitely check that out, I had no idea
I'm working on getting into nursing school (hopefully the University of Washington's accelerated BSN!). I currently live in the Tacoma area and would like to move to Seattle within the next 6 months and work as a CNA (I got my license this past July). Any advice? And if there are people from the Seattle area on here, any recommendations for places to apply? I'd prefer a clinic or a hospital, but I know these places usually hire people with experience, which I would be alright with too.
Thanks a bunch!!
I'm working on getting into nursing school (hopefully UW's accelerated BSN!). I currently live in the Tacoma area and would like to move to Seattle within the next 8 months and work as a CNA while going to school (I got my license in July). Any recommendations for places to apply? I'd prefer a clinic or a hospital, but I know these places usually hire people with experience in nursing homes, which I would be alright with too.
Thanks a bunch!!
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