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Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Case Management RN.

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Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are members of staff who work under the direct supervision of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and / or physicians to provide the majority of the routine care and activities of daily living for patients who require basic care. You are reading page 4 of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA). If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

E-commerce has 1 years experience.

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To the poster who said shed like to earn $16/hr. Yeah, that was me, too. But in my area, the only settings that pay that much to CNAs are hospitals. I put in about 100 applications to no avail. I reached the conclusion that the only way I could earn that much was by becoming an Lvn. So I did. And I make much more than that.
I've recently applied to 4 jobs ...ER monitor tech, unit secretary/PCU, mental health worker and CNA all in hospital settings. The mental health worker/CNA positions I have over five years sub-acute experience but no experience in ER monitor tech or unit secretary/PCU. I do have medical terminology coursework, basic computer skills and medical office procedure coursework college level to contribute to those other positions. I truly hope I get a call back on something. I would like to start building my acute clinical experience for future job opportunties.

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Right now I'm in a pre lvn class at an adult school and have an interview next week with the school panel. Did you have an entrance lvn interview? If so, do you know what questions they asked you?

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vintagemother works as a Nurse and Mom.

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We had to interview and test in order to get into Lvn school. The test came first. If I recall, the interview consisted of basic questions such as why I want to get into nursing and my experience. The interview was just a formality. Good luck to you!!

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Case Management RN.

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Did you have an entrance lvn interview? If so, do you know what questions they asked you?
I know this question was not directed at me, but I can answer it. When interviewing you prior to entrance in nursing programs, the interviewer basically wants to get a sense of your interpersonal skills, outlook, realism, problem-solving capabilities, moral and ethical fabric, and knack for conflict resolution. Here are some questions you might be asked during a nursing school pre-entrance interview:

1. Why do you want to become a nurse?

2. What are some of your hobbies or passions?

3. If you see a classmate stealing, what would you do?

4. A nurse at a clinical site is acting unethically. What would you do?

5. What are your personal strengths?

6. What are your personal weaknesses?

7. What would your previous bosses or classmates say about you?

8. Why do you want to be admitted into our nursing program?

9. What would you do if you find yourself struggling in a nursing course?

10. What would you do if you have a conflict with a professor?

11. Tell us why you'd be the best candidate for our nursing program.

12. Do you have any questions for us?

13. What is your proudest achievement to date?

14. What qualities do you think a good nurse should possess?

15. What would you do if a patient threatens you?

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Bbett works as a RN.

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I'm a nurse assistant and I started at 14 but I now make 18 since I graduate nursing school soon. I can't imagine doing my job for only 11!

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Would acquiring an ACLS or QMAP certification make a CNA more useful for employment in hospital? Are there any other financially beneficial or experience beneficial certifications for CNA?

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Case Management RN.

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Would acquiring an ACLS or QMAP certification make a CNA more useful for employment in hospital? Are there any other financially beneficial or experience beneficial certifications for CNA?
I've only heard of LPNs, RNs, paramedics and respiratory techs being able to acquire ACLS certification. CNAs would not be able to administer any of the drugs listed on the ACLS algorithms, so it appears to be a no-go.

The QMAP (qualified medication administration personnel) certification looks more promising.

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If you want to make more money then you should go to school to get more education. I think the US is putting to much in the CNA MA hands and you get lower pay because you either can't pay to get and education or won't. I think it is awful that a CNA with very little training or a MA can do procedures on patients such as women putting in a urinary catheter on a male patient. Things for our modesty should change.

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didi768 has 25 years experience and works as a Homemaker/babysitter.

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Oh boy.

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