Quote from tara75
I am starting my nursing prereqs in January and I've been researching jobs in related areas to gain experience.
My area has a nursing home that gives you free CNA training, but at the end you must commit to a 1 yr. contract. This really scares me, since I've never worked in healthcare and I'm definitely not sure how I'm going to deal with LTC. I'd hate to start a new career dreading to go to work every day... but I'm also going to need to find a job while going to school.
Anyone have any advice?
This is my opinion and only my opinion.
I would not sign a contract to work in a very unfamiliar job and facility for a year, much less in a job that can have extremely high stress, patient loads and turnover rates.
I also would not sign the contract because I cannot fully anticipate the demands of a nursing program. No matter how neatly laid out the syllabi are, how good the school's reputation is, how flexible they claim to be etc. nursing school will often make very sudden demands on your time. It will be hard to balance that with a job you have a contract for (which probably specifies how many hours per pay period you should work).
I do not want to risk falling short of the expectations of either my school or workplace and ending up with unflattering marks on my transcripts or employment record.
Easier said than done but I would save up for a CNA program that has no strings attached. Even if you pay a couple of thousands for a CNA class, that's money that you can earn back by working as a CNA and certainly not money that can erase potential missteps made by taking on too much as a student.