Nervous About CNA Classes

  1. Hello everyone I'm glad to see there is a CNA thread. I start my CNA class tomorrow and I'm a bit nervous. I guess I'm nervous since I'm actually taking steps towards becoming a nurse hopefully. I'm taking my prereqs during the day but only taking 13hrs and my CNA classes are at night from 5:30-10 M-F. If anyone could give me any tips on CNA training or who to study for the license exam I would appreciate it.
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  3. by   luvmy2angels
    Just wanted to wish you luck on your CNA class. I worked as a CNA for 18 years and found it to be a wonderful and very rewarding job. It is a very physically demanding job, something I don't think a lot people realize, but I absolutely loved working as an aide. You are a very important part of the health care team and don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise!! I am now an LPN studying to get my RN and I think having all those years of CNA experience has helped me tremendously!! Good luck to you!!!
  4. by   zaggar
    Being nervous is a good thing, because it means you care. The times I've done my best are when I really worried enough to keep me studying.

    My wife is starting CNA classes next week. She has been looking for something different to do with her life, and when this opportunity arose I talked her into jumping on it. I'm nervous for her, because I really want to see her happy and successful.

    So I guess the best I can do is tell you what I tell her - you can do anything you set your mind to.
  5. by   don_rhonda
    I back your theory of being a CNA before nursing school 100%. Several nurses that I work with say that their CNA years were their best years in nursing. I believe that a CNA gets much more aquainted with the patient and is able to assess the patient in ways that a nurse normally doesn't (if this is a observant, caring CNA). However, in rural nursing, I have the desire to be able to do more for the patient and just received my LPN and hope to get my RN in 9 mo! I found CNA work to be very rewarding and I feel that CNA experience has definitely helped me with tests/clinicals in the nursing program.
  6. by   PBAJS
    Quote from Princess_WannaBe
    ... If anyone could give me any tips on CNA training or who to study for the license exam I would appreciate it.
    Pages you may find of interest

    Nursing Assistant Central - Certified Nursing Assistants
    http://nursingassistantcentral.homestead.com/index.html

    Nursing Assistant Central - Taking the CNA Exam
    http://nursingassistantcentral.homes...heCNAExam.html

    NNAAP Nurse Aide Practice Written Exam
    http://www.asisvcs.com/publications/pdf/069912.pdf
    60 questions

    Nurse Aide Testing
    http://www.nurseaidetesting.com/sampletest_intro.asp
    There are 85 questions. You do not have to answer the questions, clicking the button at the bottom will show the answers.
  7. by   kmarie724
    Honestly, I didn't find my CNA training to be difficult at all. If you go to class, pay attention, and practice the skills as much as you can in class and in clinicals, you should be fine. If you're smart enough to get into nursing school, then you're smart enough to pass the CNA exam. Good luck! :wink2:
  8. by   lisabeth
    Quote from luvmy2angels
    Just wanted to wish you luck on your CNA class. I worked as a CNA for 18 years and found it to be a wonderful and very rewarding job. It is a very physically demanding job, something I don't think a lot people realize, but I absolutely loved working as an aide. You are a very important part of the health care team and don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise!! I am now an LPN studying to get my RN and I think having all those years of CNA experience has helped me tremendously!! Good luck to you!!!
    Sounds like you love doing what you do. That is great. BTW, I love your signature line.
  9. by   hamlj
    Quote from kmarie724
    Honestly, I didn't find my CNA training to be difficult at all. If you go to class, pay attention, and practice the skills as much as you can in class and in clinicals, you should be fine. If you're smart enough to get into nursing school, then you're smart enough to pass the CNA exam. Good luck! :wink2:
    I agree 100%.
    I just finished my cna class last night, and I passed the state exam this morning.
    I've been taking pre-req's for the RN program the past few semesters...and this was a piece of cake compared to that.
    The only nerve-wracking thing to me was having to 'pretend' during the clinical portion of the exam. Working with real residents was a piece of cake... acting while people are watching you is pretty uncomfortable.

    As for the class though, read, and use common sense. You'll do fine!
    Good luck!
    ~Amy

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