CNA ?s

  1. Hello everyone,
    I am starting a CNA program next week and so excited too! I have 2 questions though...I am in TN right now, but will be moving back home to MO in about 7-8 months (husband's in the military) so should I take the exam here or back home (Mo)?
    Second, I know I want to continue with the health field, but not sure if I want to be an LPN or CMA, I have tried to research but I am still a littel confused as to what all LPNs do...I know CMAs do more admin stuff. Well, any info would really help! Thanks! Heidi
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  3. by   bethin
    I would take the test in TN and then transfer your certificate to MO. Many employers (in my experience) will help you through this process.

    LPN's responsibilities vary state to state. In Indiana, they can do everything but hang blood and an RN has to sign off on their care plans and initial assessment for a new pt. Some states are stricter: heard some can't give IV meds. LPN is a great way to start if you want to further your education and become an RN. There are plenty of LPN to RN bridge programs.

    As far as a CMA, not to sure about that. Mostly work in dr's offices. I guess your choice depends on if you want a 9-5 job or a job where you can work 3 12 hour shifts, night shift, or weekends only.
  4. by   bethin
    And becoming a CNA is a great way to find out if nursing is for you. You can work in a hospital or LTC. You will learn much more in a hospital if you like a fast paced environment. Not that LTC is a sit down job, lots of lifting, turning, etc. I worked LTC for a few months and didn't take one set of vitals - only nurses were allowed.
  5. by   Heidi W
    Thanks for the advice- hopefully the hospital I want to work at will help me transfer my certification. I hadn't thought of that I didn't realize LPNs got to do so much more, that's really what I want is alot more clinical duties. Thanks again!