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  1. Hi....I recently changed my major from Polysomnographer to nursing. I have most pre reqs done except for 2 which I will be doing this Fall while I await approval for the the spring start of the LPN program. Its not a for sure thing but basically the nurse coordinator said that I am qualified for the program and would be accepted but they first accept those who have finished all their prereqs by the end of this summer when applications are being accepted. So whether I can enter the program in the spring or fall of '07 I have been wanting to take a CNA course and work as a CNA while finishing up and waiting to start the program.

    My actual question is....I am currently 27 weeks pregnant. This is my second and so pretty much I know what's going on with me and what to expect and its going rather smooth. The CNA program starts on Monday next week and is 6 weeks long, 2 days a week 6:30-9 pm. I know I'm up to it and don't see myself having too hard of difficulty, mainly for the clinicals but I worry about what the instuctor/s might think. Will they see me as unable to do what is required to pass? Please, I want honest answers...this is my only concern.
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  3. by   adamsmom
    There is alot of lifting in CNA work. Also does your job know you are pregnant? I do know people who have worked up to 1 week before delivery time. Good Luck
  4. by   jb2u
    there is a lot of lifting involved and i can't really speak as to what others might think, but i do wish you the best. alls you can do is try. i've worked with preg. cna's before and right now on my floor there are 7 preg. nurses. i would just let them know that you want to be a nurse and you feel that being a cna is the best way to establish a strong foundation to build your nursing career upon.

    good luck,
    jay
  5. by   Lil123
    There were pregnant CNA's in my class. Be careful about lifting. Ask your DR. if he has any restrictions. You should be fine, if you want it go for it.
  6. by   NoWaNrN
    I think if you feel you can do it then go for it, but I would double check with your Doc. Around where I live in OH. the CNA classes are like 8 days or something like that but you go from like 8 to 3 or 8 to 4. If your not working maybe you could do something like that because you wouldn't be so far along when you in clinicals, just a week later. Good luck.
  7. by   jb2u
    Quote from downwardspiral4
    Hi....I recently changed my major from Polysomnographer to nursing. I have most pre reqs done except for 2 which I will be doing this Fall while I await approval for the the spring start of the LPN program. Its not a for sure thing but basically the nurse coordinator said that I am qualified for the program and would be accepted but they first accept those who have finished all their prereqs by the end of this summer when applications are being accepted. So whether I can enter the program in the spring or fall of '07 I have been wanting to take a CNA course and work as a CNA while finishing up and waiting to start the program.

    My actual question is....I am currently 27 weeks pregnant. This is my second and so pretty much I know what's going on with me and what to expect and its going rather smooth. The CNA program starts on Monday next week and is 6 weeks long, 2 days a week 6:30-9 pm. I know I'm up to it and don't see myself having too hard of difficulty, mainly for the clinicals but I worry about what the instuctor/s might think. Will they see me as unable to do what is required to pass? Please, I want honest answers...this is my only concern.
    i have two more suggestions for you....
    first, keep in mind that preg. is temporary. you will not always be pregnant so, you can always get your certification and work after you deliver.
    second, have you ever considered becoming a unit clerk/cardiac monitor tech. i've done both and they are VERY helpful for pre-nursing students. you get great at reading dr's handwriting, you learn lots of medical terminology, you learn what test pts need to be npo for and what the test are for, you learn how to multitask, and you even learn meds. as far as cardiac monitor techs..well you get real good at reading/interpreting heart rhythm strips. and you get to sit down as oppose to being on your feet all day lifting patients. you can always do patient care after your first semester of nursing school without even taking a cna course. i took a course before i started nursing school so i am a cna, but many of my classmates never took a cna class, so technically, they are not cna's they are pca/student nurses, but they DO THE SAME EXACT THING!!

    i really hope everything works out for you. please let us know how everything goes.

    sincerely,
    jay
  8. by   LanaBanana
    Quote from jb2u
    right now on my floor there are 7 preg. nurses.
    Whoa! What's in the water on your floor!? :spin:
  9. by   jb2u
    Quote from LanaBanana
    Whoa! What's in the water on your floor!? :spin:
    i don't know, but i am thinking about bottling it and selling it to a fertility clinic!
  10. by   williams11494
    When I went to take the entrance exam to get into the CNA l course they wouldn't let any one that was pregnant even enroll in the course if they met the entrance exam requirements. One woman had to leave because she was pregnant...they said they were concerned about the lifting and potential injury to the CNA when dealing with a resident that me be out of control. I guess things are so different in every state. Or location.
  11. by   RNfromMN
    Yeah...I'm gonna have to go with blatant discrimination here . And it's just because the school's afraid of getting sued, or having to pay medical expenses in case something happens. What a load of crap, though.
  12. by   williams11494
    I agree...I think it should be a womans choice..

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