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Advice on becoming CNA while in LPN school


Has 4 years experience.

With little to no nursing experience to speak of, would it be advisable to apply for CNA cert. while in LPN school. I passed the written test and would just need to test out on skills. Then I could try to find a part-time job. I figure I could use all the exposure I can get. We are in phase II, in which we spend 4 days a week on the floor from 7:30 a - 12 noon. Would appreciate any feedback whether you would be in favor of, or opposed to the idea.

Thanks a bunch. :specs:

I can only say that the students in my class who were working as CNAs had a much easier time in clinicals doing the routine stuff and seemed to be more organized. Those of us who never worked as a CNA struggled, at least I sure did. I still, for the life of me, cannot transfer a patient by myself.

However, if you are having trouble keeping up in class & don't need to work, it might be best to just concentrate on learning & practice those skills in clinicals.

Good luck


In my program, we were required to have our CNA certificate. LPN classes so far have taught me nothing about the basics of care related to CNA work. In our clinicals, we focus on passing meds, doing assessments, dressing changes, etc. It's assumed that we know how to care for patients with CNA skills.

I don't work during school. Planned to, but don't. I guess it would help with organizational skills, etc. I use my time well, though, and personally don't have a problem. If I struggled in any CNA-type skills, though, I'd want to gain some experience and probably work a few days a month.

My first thought, though, was how in the world do you have time to do the CNA during LPN school!!?? I know I wouldn't have the ability to do both at once (the three weeks of CNA would hurt my LPN grades, I know).

my school requires us to get our cna while going thru lpn school. im a lpn student at College of Southern Nevada. I love the school:loveya:. the school is set up with the knowledge that most students have to work. most classes are offered in morning, night, or weekends. :stdnrsrck:


Specializes in Pshycology. Has 1 years experience.

Another option would be to work for a private pay facilty. They don't require the same certifications as the ones who accept Medicare. This way you can gain the experience, but avoid the extra cost of what I consider to be a pretty common sense certification program.


Specializes in geriatrics, geripsych. Has 6 years experience.

:redpinkhe :lol_hitti i know that for me it has been so much easier in class for having that experience behind me. it also has shown me what kind of nurse i will not be! i think it should be a requirement to have your cna and work in a skilled facility for at least 1 year before nursing school. i have seen way too many drop outs because they thought nursing was a way to make more money and marry a doctor!! it makes alot easier if you can relate what you have learned in the field with what you are learning in class. if your school does not offer medical terminology for their nursing classes i highly suggest you take it, buy a book, or whatever. it will make anatomy alot easier. it is a whole other language!! best wishes and god bless.

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