Do I start as a cna or lpn

  1. Hello Everybody,

    I've just finished a cna training and about to take a state exam. I am also taking classes to become an lpn. That is my first nursing career and I have no past experiences. Is it better to start working as a cna or wait for my lpn license. Please advise. Thank you!!
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  3. by   Pixie.RN
    Depends on your area. Is it easy for LPNs to find work? If not, working as a CNA somewhere may be an excellent way to get a foot in the door. It will also depend on your class schedule — do you have time to work during your LPN program?

    Good luck!
  4. by   lesya455
    Thank you! I do have a couple of days free from college, but I also have a little baby..and even if I do find a job now it will probably barely cover the cost for the day care But if working as a cna will help me in the future, I better start looking for something
  5. by   Pangea Reunited
    CNA experience doesn't count as "nursing" experience. It might help you make connections with people in the field, though. I probably wouldn't work if I didn't have to (or if I would spend all of my money on day care).
    Have you researched opportunities for LPNs in your area? If not, please make sure you do. It can be very difficult to find work in some markets, especially as a new graduate.
  6. by   quiltynurse56
    If you can work a couple of shifts a week, I would say go for it. Why? If you have no experience working in the field, it will get you use to approaching and talking with patients. It will help you become comfortable in that aspect.