Hi Nurse Beth,
My name is Martina and I would like to ask you a question since I feel so lost and I don’t know who to ask. I am a nursing student graduating in December 2016 and I was (still I am) searching any job before graduation so after I graduate I have some experience. Unfortunately, I am not that lucky to find something, so I was wondering to take CNA exam while finishing 4th semester in nursing school. My question is: do you think that it worth it? if yes, where can I get books to prepare for CNA exam? Thanks a lot for any advice!
You have made it this far, so be sure and give yourself credit for how far you’ve come.
There is no need to panic at this point. Many new grads take six months and even longer to land their first job.
I would not study for the CNA exam. All your energies now need to go into finishing your studies and preparing for the NCLEX. You would only be sidetracked, and for little gain.
As a fourth semester nursing student, you are already qualified to work as a CNA or PCT in most hospitals.
Working as a CNA during nursing school sometimes helps new grads land a job when they graduate because of networking. Often a nurse manager will prefer to hire an internal candidate.