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Hi everyone. I noticed at Orientation the other day that everyone but 3 of us were CNA's. Are they going to be ahead of the ones of us who have never been in the nursing field at all? :uhoh3: I mean they are already going to know a lot of things in the begininng arn't they? :sofahider They only took 40 people and 37 of them are CNA's..........do you think I will be behind? :uhoh21:

Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 28 years experience.

You will not be behind because they are going to teach you everything you need to know.

But the CNA's are going to be at a distinct advantage in confidence and comfort level, but by the end of the first semester you'll all be on even ground.

I worked at Pizza Hut when I started, and I was the only one in my clinical group who had never touched a patient. I survived and you will too. Good luck!

Hi everyone. I noticed at Orientation the other day that everyone but 3 of us were CNA's. Are they going to be ahead of the ones of us who have never been in the nursing field at all? :uhoh3: I mean they are already going to know a lot of things in the begininng arn't they? :sofahider They only took 40 people and 37 of them are CNA's..........do you think I will be behind? :uhoh21:

I am not a CNA either. Sure, we may be learning things that the CNA's ALREADY knew, but that doesn't make us "behind" I don't think. Besides, we'll be on the same page before too long. At least that's my take on it. Maybe someone on here who is a CNA can answer that better.

My honest opinion is that we will be just fine!!

Congrats

Emma

RedSox33RN

Specializes in Emergency Dept, M/S.

I wasn't an LNA either. In fact, in my clincal group of 8, only 2 were. The Nursing Fundamentals will go over all of that, and more.

Daytonite, BSN, RN

Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt. Has 40 years experience.

You might feel that way for the first couple of weeks, but I guarantee you that you will all soon be in the same boat.

kellyo, LPN

Specializes in CV Surgery Step-down.

Some instructors prefer a "blank slate"...

By the time you get to your second clinical rotation they will be trying to beat all that CNA stuff out of you -- it is time to start thinking like a nurse. So I wouldn't worry too much, first clinical is a lot of CNA, after that it's a whole new ball game. At least in my school.

I had done absolutely nothing medial when I went to LPN school....I did feel pretty dumb when it came to real basic stuff like turning/repositioning, bedmaking, baths....I had no frame of reference, it was totally foreign to me. However, things like meds,tx,procedures,etc...and just theory stuff all came much easier. After Lpn school, I pretty quickly went into a bridge program to be an RN. You will be fine....the things that they will have the upper hand on are some basic pt care/ADL stuff...you will all be on pretty even ground re: actual nursing stuff.

Kathryn

HeartsOpenWide, RN

Specializes in Ante-Intra-Postpartum, Post Gyne.

Hi everyone. I noticed at Orientation the other day that everyone but 3 of us were CNA's. Are they going to be ahead of the ones of us who have never been in the nursing field at all? :uhoh3: I mean they are already going to know a lot of things in the begininng arn't they? :sofahider They only took 40 people and 37 of them are CNA's..........do you think I will be behind? :uhoh21:

They might have a little bit of an edge but I would not worry about it too much. The RN program at my college dropped the CNA requirement for a reason....

Hi everyone. I noticed at Orientation the other day that everyone but 3 of us were CNA's. Are they going to be ahead of the ones of us who have never been in the nursing field at all? :uhoh3: I mean they are already going to know a lot of things in the begininng arn't they? :sofahider They only took 40 people and 37 of them are CNA's..........do you think I will be behind? :uhoh21:

Everyone has to start somewhere right?

crb613, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med Surg/Tele/ER. Has 7 years experience.

I know how you feel! In my class we have CNA's & LPN's there is only 2 or 3 or us that have no experience at all.In my first semester I was feeling very behind.....now I'm right up there with them. Good luck you will get there.

Unless your school requires a CNA before beginning, my understanding is they teach as if you've never had a lick of medical experience. There are a lot of people that don't have a medical background going through nursing school. Don't get discouraged in the beginning when they are showing techniques that others may already know, you too will learn them. Don't forget that those students also had to begin somewhere with no experience!

Jen

No, you will be just fine. I was. I had no medical background and did not take the CNA class at the recommendation of a friend and mentor RN.

You learn all the CNA stuff at the beginning of nursing school. No worries.

steph

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