How many Nurses had their CNAs before Nursing School? - page 2

by GarrettLeonard

I am asking these questions to help a friend out, to prove a point. Did you have your CNA before going into Nursing School? Is having a CNA required by law to go into Nursing School? Does the University of Washington... Read More


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    I've never been a CNA. I was an LPN/LVN for 4 years prior to earning my RN license.

    I have never heard of any law mandating that CNA certification must come before the RN licensure. Some nursing schools require the CNA certification before they'll admit you, but no such law exists.
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    Wasn't an actual CNA, but was an aide or 5yrs before becoming an RN.

    Not require by any law that I have ever heard of, some schools do require it as a prerequisite.

    Don't know a think about the University of Washington.

    I personally feel that every RN (or LPN) should work as an aide prior to becoming a nurse. It helps develop bedside manner, feeling comfortable with patients who are feeling- uncomfortable, gets you over the yucky stuff (the poop, pee, blood, wounds, snot, dying people, dead people, etc), builds "customer service" skills, familiarizes with medical equipment/devices, gives some insight on the day to day things that are important in caring for patients with certain disease processes, gets you used to the culture of healthcare, teaches you to be a team member... Nursing assistants recognize & are forever grateful for the nurse that will toilet or help someone with the bedpan, change someone/help them change someone, help reposition someone, empty that foley or colostomy, set up that dinner tray, if time provides- feed someone... The patients & families see it & appreciate it too.

    Rant over. One more thing though...depending on which area she ends up working, there might not be an aide to do these things. Many ICU's are primary care, meaning the nurse does everything.

    Good luck to your girlfriend!
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    I was never an actual state certified CNA, but I did work as a nurse's aide in
    a hospital for four years prior to obtaining my RN. I'm pretty sure that my
    program did NOT require previous work as a CNA, volunteer, etc, prior to
    admission, however that was over eleven years ago.
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    My ADN program required CNA certification prior to admission. Also, unless the certification was received within 18 months of the start of the program, there was a minimum number of work hours as a CNA for the prior year as well for admission to the program.
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    I was a CNA in a hospital for 2 years before I started nursing school. It's not a law here that you need to be a CNA, but many nursing programs require you to at least take the class.
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    Penn State neither requires nor makes any statement about being an aide...in PA the only CNA's are nursing home trained...the hospitals job title is Nursing Assistant...

    after we completed fundamentals, most of the local hospitals hire as student nurse aides...I got my job that way...
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    Quote from GarrettLeonard
    Did you have your CNA before going into Nursing School?

    Is having a CNA required by law to go into Nursing School?

    Does the University of Washington School of Nursing Require you to have a CNA for entry?

    Can you transfer to the University of Washington School of Nursing with just an Associates in Pre Nursing?
    Yes I had been a CNA prior to going to nursing school. But I was a CNA when I was 16, stopped doing it at 25 and went to LPN school at 38 and I'm currently in my last semester of the LPN to RN program.

    In Connecticut is is NOT required by law to have your CNA to get into nursing school. I know some programs require a CNA as a pre-req to starting the nursing program. But in CT I can't recall any of our programs (LPN or RN) needing to be a CNA prior to starting nursing programs. There are more students in my program who aren't CNA's than there are ones with their CNA. Actually, there are many, many students without any previous healthcare experience. Actually in CT, unless they have changed it, after one completes nursing fundementals they can apply for their CNA cert w/the State of Connecticut without having to take the State mandated program and taking the test.

    Can't answer the Univ Washington questions b/c I don't know anything about it.
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    My nursing school required that we have our STNA prior to beginning classes and we maintain it while in school. I worked for a year as a PCA at a hospital before I became an RN and I'm so glad I did! It really helped me with learning prioritization, bedside manners, communication with medical staff, familiarization with equipment and procedures. Now as an RN I know how much is expected of the PCA and how demanding the job is, so I rarely call to the PCA if I can do something myself. So many nurses who have never worked in healthcare as PCA's or any other title, have a holier than thou attitude and see filling an ice pitcher or toileting a patient as beneath them. I strongly recommend working as an aide while in school because not only will it help your girlfriend gain confidence and aide in her learning, but it could also help her land a job as an RN after school.
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    I obtained CNA training while in high school but never got a job as a CNA. My school didn't require it, but you got 1 extra point on your application for it (most competitive students had atleast 35 points).

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~
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    I disagree with the many people who think "all nurses should be CNAs" first.

    A CNA is a very low education program - most places allow someone to become a CNA in about 6 weeks. The nursing profession already has enough image issues, mainly due to how low our education standards are. We don't come across as professionals. Requiring someone to skip college after high school to go perform a practically minimum wage/low education job would only further diminish our standing with other professionals. Regardless of how important experience is, and it certainly is, education is the only way to gain respect.

    IMHO - all nurses should be required to have a BSN, and online programs should be abolished. Maybe then people will understand what a difficult profession it is and give us credit for our knowledge and education. You wonder why some doctors/members of the public are scared of nurse practitioners, think of how they would feel if the CNA whose job was cleaning up poop and changing linens just 5 years earlier is now writing prescriptions and diagnosing their loved ones.

    Education is the key. Stop pushing for lowering our respect even further, please.
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