Is anyone out there a CNA? - page 2
Hello everyone. I am about to accept a position as a CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant) at a long-term care facility this summer and I'd really like to know what I'm getting myself into. Are any of... Read More
May 8, '04Occupation: Associate Manager ED Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience in Trauma/ED ; From: US ; Joined: Sep '03; Posts: 1,182; Likes: 636I have been a CNA for 10 years...3 years in LTC...3 years in home health...and the last four in a hospital. I think it is very valuable to be a CNA prior to being a nurse...and it has helped me a lot in school to have all my experiences to draw from. While other students are stressing out about their clinicals I am looking forward to them because I actually get to play "nurse".
Just remember LTC is only one type of CNA and in my experience it was the hardest work I have ever done. I don't know about your area but there is always a lot of options for a CNA in mine. I would look at working in the place where you are planning to be a RN they would be a lot more willing to work with your schedule and might even pay for part of your schooling.
just my 1 1/2 cents,