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Can i qualify as a cna/pct once I enter nursing school?

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by mee9mee9 mee9mee9 (Member) Member

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Can i qualify as a cna/pct once I enter nursing school?

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thelittledoe specializes in Surgical.

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You usually have to have completed at least one clinical rotation.

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WannaBNursey is a ADN, ASN, RN and specializes in ER, Med-surg.

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People keep saying this to nursing students, but I spoke with a nursing manager who said that they would not hire a student nurse on as a CNA without the actual certification. They wouldn't even give a student nurse internship without certification. While some places may hire you after the fundamentals semester I doubt that they actually exist.

After taking fundamentals I don't think that you really learn all you have to learn to work as a CNA simply from taking the first semester of nursing school.

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ZenLover has 6 years experience as a BSN and specializes in ICU.

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Where I live all of the local hospital offer nursing assistant or care partner positions to nursing students who have completed to a certain point in their curriculum. I am in a BSN program and you need to be in your Junior year because it is presumed you have x # of clinical hours and have completed certain courses. They do list other PCT positions that are not available to students. I think it depends on the specific floor/patient population and I think they aim for only having x # of nursing students in each area because I think they do keep a little extra eye on you.

Bottom line it is up to the hospital, check with them. :)

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ShockEmRN has 1 1/2 years experience and specializes in Medical/Surgical, Orthopedics.

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Depends on your nursing program. My nursing program I think let's you get cna certified after your first semester. Check with your program to find out

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NICUmiiki has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in NICU/PICU Flight Nursing.

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My school certified us if we asked (no extra charge or testing) when we complete Intro to Nursing Concepts. This class is basically a CNA course and is a prereq to the nursing program. My state requires 40 hours in class and 40 hours clinical to be certified.

CNA stuff is pretty basic and I would think nursing students would cover this in Fundementals.

While the hospitals in my area don't specifically say they require a CNA, I seen where my friends who didn't ask to be certified aren't able to get jobs as a CNA. LTC will require a CNA because of Medicare.

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WannaBNursey is a ADN, ASN, RN and specializes in ER, Med-surg.

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My school certified us if we asked (no extra charge or testing) when we complete Intro to Nursing Concepts. This class is basically a CNA course and is a prereq to the nursing program. My state requires 40 hours in class and 40 hours clinical to be certified.

CNA stuff is pretty basic and I would think nursing students would cover this in Fundementals.

While the hospitals in my area don't specifically say they require a CNA, I seen where my friends who didn't ask to be certified aren't able to get jobs as a CNA. LTC will require a CNA because of Medicare.

May I ask what state you're in? I assumed that most states required testing for CNA certification.

I'm sorry OP, I thought you were sort of asking if you can become a Certified Nursing Assistant without testing. It all depends on your state and your hospital.

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NICUmiiki has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in NICU/PICU Flight Nursing.

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Louisiana. The task of testing is delegated to approved CNA programs. Since my school is approved to certify CNA, they also offer it to their RN and LPN students.

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