Failed NCLEX, need a job, can I be a CNA in CA?

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    I failed the nclex twice and in california, it costs $150 to reapply to the Board (BON), and another $200 for the exam at pearsonvue. Im currently repaying loans, so my savings are drying up fast!

    Is it possible to become a nursing assistant just with a bachelors in nursing degree? Do I need to take the certification test? I have heard that current nursing students do not need to take the CNA test, like at UCLA hospitals. Is it possible for me to do the same? I graduated in 2011. I have a part time catering job, but it isn't enough. I want to become a CNA because it will also help me get a job as an RN once I pass that nclex.
    Please help, and thank you!
    P.S. if you can, please direct me to where I can find out more about my current situation.
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    I believe if you have proof of completion of nursing school, you can take the exam. When I took mine there was an R.N. taking it and he did not know how to put on a transfer belt. Make sure you know how to do that.
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    You can take the certification exam without completing a CNA program. However, workplaces will be unlikely to hire you because they fear you'll jump ship and quit once you do pass NCLEX. In general, workplaces are leery of spending the time, money, and effort on a worker who will be likely to seek other opportunities as soon as they have the nursing license in their possession.
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    I believe if you have proof of completion of nursing school, you can take the exam. When I took mine there was an R.N. taking it and he did not know how to put on a transfer belt. Make sure you know how to do that.
    If that had been a CNA student, that person would have undoubtedly failed the test, but im sure they passed the GN. To the OP, CNA rules seem to vary by state, so I dont know specifics about California, but you could possibly work as a PCT in a hospital even without being a CNA.

    If you do take the skills exam to be a CNA, just beware, although none of it is rocket science, some of the skills can make you look foolish if you dont know what your doing, as the gate belt guy found out. If your a graduate nurse, theyd probably pass you no matter how you did, so long as you didnt do something like roll a manniken onto the floor while doing a bed bath.
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    I'm a nursing student as well, and during my CNA class last summer, we had a GN in our class (didn't take the NCLEX yet) and he failed the class! He was really arrogant and he ****** off the instructor, he couldn't understand the concept of lowering/raising the bed rails either. . . go figure.
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    You can take the certification exam without completing a CNA program. However, workplaces will be unlikely to hire you because they fear you'll jump ship and quit once you do pass NCLEX. In general, workplaces are leery of spending the time, money, and effort on a worker who will be likely to seek other opportunities as soon as they have the nursing license in their possession.
    Thanks for the reply.
    Let's say I do get an interview for a CNA position, would it be wise to emphasize a certain level of loyalty if they were to hire me? Telling them I will work for them as an RN as soon as I pass the NCLEX?
    But in the event I do not find a job as a CNA/PCT/UAP, should I just find some other part time job at the mall or what? I already have a part time job for a catering company but it's not enough to pay the bills.
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    Quote from funtimes
    If that had been a CNA student, that person would have undoubtedly failed the test, but im sure they passed the GN. To the OP, CNA rules seem to vary by state, so I dont know specifics about California, but you could possibly work as a PCT in a hospital even without being a CNA.

    If you do take the skills exam to be a CNA, just beware, although none of it is rocket science, some of the skills can make you look foolish if you dont know what your doing, as the gate belt guy found out. If your a graduate nurse, theyd probably pass you no matter how you did, so long as you didnt do something like roll a manniken onto the floor while doing a bed bath.
    I probably would roll the mannequin onto the floor. I don't know my own strength That last part is pretty reassuring, but I would be really nervous for the skills test because it's been so long since I've had clinical experience. Hopefully I can find a job as a PCT without taking the test. However, I will review my fundamentals and all the skills required of a CNA.

    Quote from Acton
    I'm a nursing student as well, and during my CNA class last summer, we had a GN in our class (didn't take the NCLEX yet) and he failed the class! He was really arrogant and he ****** off the instructor, he couldn't understand the concept of lowering/raising the bed rails either. . . go figure.
    The concept is so simple though! You raise the bed rails so that the patient has no where to escape your wrath as you force a 30 French urinary catheter into their urinary meatus.
    All kidding aside, my bet is that GN isn't suited for bedside nursing. He should go into nursing research or teaching, or something else entirely haha
    Thank you all for the replies.
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    You could also apply for a nurse tech position. Pays a bit more than a CNA and they are usually available for students who have completed their first semester of school. Also the job duties include a bit more than what a CNA does. Good luck!
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    where do u live in california?they are hiring in paediatric hospital in loma linda.............if this helps and need more info .............feel free to email me ghimiresabina@yahoo.com
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    duplicate threads merged.....


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