Please give me some advice on what you would do in my position. I am taking pre-reqs for my RN now. I have a chance to take a CNA class in January (it is about 2 1/2 months). The price is really good, even though we live paycheck to paycheck, so it will be tight. I work weekends and will have to take 3 days off for my clinicals. I think we can get by with that moneywise, that is not the problem. I am just wondering if I should
do this. I thought it would be helpful to get a CNA position in a hospital while I was in school. That hopefully they would help me with finances....tuition reimbursement, scholarships
and the like. Plus, if I work in a good hospital, I would be making contacts which would be helpful when getting a job as a nurse, correct? This is my problem: the CNA's around here start between $8 and $10 and hour from what I have seen. I make $12/hour. We really need my paycheck to survive. But I want the experience. It isn't that huge of a cut....should I just suck it up, maybe work more hours (I work between 20 and 30 now) to make up the difference, or just stay where I am. I am a vet tech, btw. Even though a lot of classes I took were the same, A&P, chem, med term, sterile techniques, etc, it is worthless in the human medical community and that experience doesn't count for anything. I don't need the CNA class, it isn't a pre req to get into nursing school like some places. So what should I do?? Will working in a hospital before nursing school really benefit as far as experience and them reimbursing me for school? If I take this class I need to do it asap, so any advice would be very helpful!! Thanks
Dec 14, '07
Hey, I have a suggestion!!! Go per diem as a CNA....Possibly work only once per pay period (Only a twelve hour shift every two weeks) and keep your bread and butter job to boot!! I loved my experience as a CNA and would not have traded in the experience for money; but, that's me. What about YOU?!
PS. My personal feeling, and this is strictly bias, those nurses who have been CNAs make the best RNs.
Last edit by CaLLaCoDe on Dec 14, '07