I graduated from nursing school in March 1987. The community college I attended did not require their nursing students to have CNA training, and LOOKING BACK OVER THOSE YEARS, I still do not feel the need to have had that training as I did excellent in the program with both clinicals and didactic studies. IF you feel you need this training before beginning your RN program, then by all means, go for it, but not everyone needs it. Frankly, I am surprised that some schools are requiring this. I can see the need for BSN schools to have it, but not ADN OR DIPLOMA schools because ADN AND DIPLOMA schools already offer excellent hands on clinical experience during the course of the program they offer LONG BEFORE these nurses graduate.
Nursing is not just about making patient beds, it is far more than that. If you can make a bed at home, you'l lbe able to learn the few extra steps of patient bed making during the program. Students are panicking over nothing, I think.
As a former CNA CLINICAL INSTRUCTOR, I had students who had children, but did not know how to read a thermometer. This is what I found to be sad. Some things we have already learned about in our growing up years that we will expound on when developing nursing skills for inpatient hospital usage. The students who were the best in the CNA clinicals were those who had an "inborn" natural talent for dealing with people as a whole. The more comfortable you are with therapeutically dealing with people, the easier it will come to you to approach the sick patient without the fears that some have exhibited in touching patients when dressing them, changing their beds with or without them in it, ambulating them to the restroom or up and down the hall, etc. If you are afraid of touching that which is not "clean", then you should not enter nursing.