I'm about to finish my 2nd semester of nursing school. Only 2 more semesters to go after this!
I've been working as a nurse tech (we call ourselves ACP's here) for about a month and a half. I don't have my CNA certification. The only requirement was to be finished with the 1st semester of nursing school and to have CPR certification.
I work for a Magnet hospital here in Florida, a hospital that I would love to work when I'm an RN. The experience has been very good so far. It's not really helping me with my nursing skills, but it is helping me feel way more confident around nurses, doctors, and most importantly patients, during clinicals. My manager said he hires a lot of ACP's on as RN's from my school.
Recent RN grads that worked as ACP's got hired on into their hospitals. Other grads that didn't work struggled to get jobs. At least that's what I've seen with a lot of people I know.
Good luck finding a job. Get that foot in the door!