I am finishing up some prereqs at the moment (AP2, Nutrition, Micro) that will be over with by the end of July. The ABSN program I am interested in starts in July, 2013, and I'm not sure what to do till then. I have already started volunteering at a hospital, and I'm thinking of taking a CNA course. Is the CNA course a good idea? I know I'll make some money for school, but is it worth the time and money, and more importantly will it better my chances of getting in?
Also, I'm thinking of doing an MEPN, because I do want to become a Nurse Practitioner. Is the CNA a good idea for this?
Are there any suggestions for what I should do? Get a job somewhere/do more volunteering, etc?
Thank you so much!
Jun 19, '12
I begin a BSN program in the Fall and was wondering the same thing. I also volunteer at a hospital, but have been considering taking a CNA course. I would love to see what experienced students/nurses have to say!!
Jun 19, '12
Getting your CNA is a great idea. I'm from WA state and we are actually required to have our CNA liscense before we even apply to nursing school, it is a prerequisite. Not only will you get background knowledge before your nursing courses but you will have practice doing skills you will need to know. Where I am from, you should already know how to take BP, put on TED hose correctly, do an occupied linen change, change briefs for incontinent patients, bed baths et cetera because these skills are not taught in the program.
Getting in there and getting your hands dirty and knowing these skills and how to do them well will make you stand out in class and clinicals since you will be comfortable doing them. From personal experience- When I was in clinicals there was a girl in my class who did not want to change a patients breif and her nurse heard her say that and lectured her about not being respected as an RN if she was afraid to change breifs.. obviously there won't be a CNA there 24/7 when you are an RN to do all your dirty work and you should be expected to know these skills.
Thats just my 2 cents =)
Jun 20, '12
It's required here as well. Same thing the previous poster said - when you hit the floor for clinical some experience as an CNA will help you maintain a balance and even be to your benefit. It also teaches you the importance of CNAs and to respect their job.
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