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Did you have prior expirience in the medical field prior to starting school for your LPN?

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by Shellybeans Shellybeans (New) New Student

Shellybeans specializes in LPN STUDENT.

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Do people who have a CNA, EMT, HHA type job prior to doing an LPN accelerated program have a huge advantage in passing tests due to the prior expirience? Is it worth becoming a CNA before an LPN? I am worried that most the people who I met while taking the nursing entrance exam for this coming fall seem to have a background in some way shape or form in the medical field which makes me already feel far behind. When you went into your LPN program what was your expirience level? How do you feel your expirience impacted how you did in school?

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E-commerce has 1 years experience as a CNA, LVN and specializes in Psychiatric, Diabetes advocate.

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Slight difference but not enough to go into debt. I graduated with a class of 15 students. Prior to the LVN program, I was a CNA for 8 years in psychiatric and nursing home. In my class most students had no medical background except for one student. She was a EMT. The whole class failed the cardiac exam except for the EMT Student. She didnt get an "A" but she received a C+ grade. It can make a difference IF you work in the "acute care setting" only as a CNA such as working in ICU, ER, critical care, acute care or working as a  EMT. or even working as an unit secretary or medical scribe in one of the acute care departments

 

I would focus on understanding how to take nursing exams but also know how to critically think in clinical. This is will set you apart. 

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cnaMegD is a CNA and specializes in Hospice.

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I've been a hospice CNA for 8 years, I think being a CNA before LPN school can give you an advantage so you can be familiar with healthcare settings and it helps you to just be more comfortable being around patients. Taking care of their personal needs; it can be somewhat of a shock at first if your not used to it. Most CNA classes are quick (about 8 weeks)  and relatively inexpensive. I'd say its worth it.

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