Best ways into nursing career

  1. Hello all! I've been reading this bb with interest for the last few weeks. I've really appreciated all the insight into the nursing field. I've been considering a career change and decided to go into nursing. I already have a Bachelor's in biology and have only a couple of pre-req's to take. I have a couple of questions for the group: do you work during school (part-time, full-time, what type)? And, I've been thinking about taking the CNA course and getting that license first so I can get into the field while getting my ADN. Any opinions or comments? Thanks in advance for your help!
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  3. by   Cindy_A
    I am currently in the LPN to RN transition program (ASN). Before I became an LPN I worked as a CNA. I strongly believe that a person should work as a CNA before becoming a nurse. I believe that if you don't like being a CNA, you won't like being a nurse! I currently work part-time as an LPN in a LTC facilty. Good Luck!
  4. by   Talessa
    Thanks Cindy! It's really looking like that's the road I'll take. Best of luck to you too with your schooling.
  5. by   NurseDixie
    I think it would definitely be a good idea to work as a CNA, then you'll know what nursing is all about. I worked as a CNA for over 15 years. I started in the ADN program when I was 44 years old. I graduate next May. 2 more semesters to go. Wish me luck! I think the experience working as a CNA will be helpful to you.
  6. by   secondcareer
    I too decided go back and get my BSN after graduating 6 years ago with my BA in social work. At this time I am working as a CNA and going to school. I would definately recomend going that way so that you can see if Nursing is what you really want to do. I have gained alot of experience this way, so I hopefully will not be as lost when I start my clinicals.
  7. by   GPatty
    Yes, I agree with the others. I also am a CNA (part time) and a full time student. I all ready know that I want to work with the elderly when I graduate....good experience!
  8. by   Mojo Mama
    I have a bachelors degree in liberal arts, two plus years of social service experience and am currently a paraeducator for behavioral, physical, and mentally challenged students. I recently decided that my BA was pretty worthless and that nursing would be a great field to provide for my emotional wellbeing as well as provide for my family.

    I am taking a CNA course at my local community college and am one of the top students in the class (got the highest score on the last quiz). I have been having so much fun learning everything and this board has been a wealth of information. As soon as I get my registration I hope to get work in the local hospital. Eventually I want to be a registered nurse in a psychiatric hospital setting for children and adolescents. I am very motivated towards this goal. In the following quarters I will be taking pre-req's at night and I'm so excited. Having gone to a non-traditional non-grading college this is the first "A" I have seen since I graduated from high school in's very validating.
  9. by   NurseExplorer
    I just got my EMT certification. I want to work as an Emergency Medicine RN. I think being an EMT will provide plenty of experience...and excitement!