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Becoming an CNA before nursing school

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by FutureCRNA1999 FutureCRNA1999 (New) New Student

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Hi everyone,

I currently have two more classes of pre-reqs before I can apply to nursing school, which I’m taking this fall. However, the schools that I am applying to only admit for the fall term, which will leave me out of school until the fall of 2021. During that time, I was thinking of getting my CNA license and working until I start nursing school. Is this a good idea? I would love to get a feel for the clinical setting before I start the program and so I don’t sit around for a little less than a year doing nothing. For those of you who worked as a CNA before nursing school, I would love to hear your experiences!! 🙂 

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Following this ! I've applied to nursing schools and I have to take the CNA exam (which was on hold because of COVID). Thinking of working as a CNA before school or doing it full-time if I don't get into a program this Fall.

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I would do it.  I have been working as a personal care attendant (CNA without the certification) for about 6-7 weeks, I just started my CNA class yesterday, and I will be starting pre-req courses in the fall.  It was the best decision I could have made for myself.  You will gain transferable skills that you will use once you are in nursing program, it may also give you an advantage on your program application. Plus, you can work at a hospital as a CNA, that could be beneficial for clinical's that you will have during your nursing program. 

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Definitely try it. I’ve worked in a nursing home and now at a hospital. The best things I’ve learned are how to communicate effectively with patients and how to manage my time.

I think the experience can provide a more realistic view of healthcare as well.

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