If You are Paying for a CNA Course... aka The Post I Wish I'd Read a Month Ago.

Is enrolling in a CNA program (before nursing school) a smart idea?

Author shares his background and reasons for enrolling in and attending a CNA program, as well as his experiences, and his regrets. He concludes with a piece of advice for prospective CNA students.


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Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 46 years experience.
Esmith76 said:
The school I am in for my RN is 4 classes as well. Not sure why this is so confusing to some people? It's a two-year program, one 9-credit course per semester.

Because usually the content is broken up more (med-surg 1 and 2, psych, peds, OB, and fundamentals) and these courses are usually separate entities.


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Yes ours does that too. Most of the schools (in this area, anyhow) follow the same structure and cover all of those areas within the four courses.

If your are in an RN program, you should have looked into CNA equivalency requirements (i.e. completion of Fundamentals of Nursing) and perhaps saved some dough.

I attended my direct entry MSN prerequisites at a community college. I took Anatomy I and II, Microbiology, and Chemistry I and II.

I had a bachelors degree. Many of my classmates were 18 yo. Many of them didn't seem to appreciate class or understand how to be a good student.

You know what I did?

I led by example. I gently reigned them in, but also sometimes participated in the fun, because studying is hard and sometimes it's ok to take a break. If I really couldn't handle their in-class behavior, I discussed it with my instructors, who always watched, saw what I meant, and got a little firm wiht them. Or they split me off and had me work with another older student or in a trio with a more mature pair.

I also used it as an opportunity. I set up study groups. I came up with more engaging ways to study (we had a cubby with a table and 2 white boards at my school - I literally set up games etc... which preparing for helped me study.)

And, inevitably, when they knew that I was knocking their grades out of the water? The best thing happened.

They came to ME for last minute help.

Sounds annoying right? Sure.

But here's the secret: they waited too long. They can ask me for help, but it will only help the smallest amount. what helping them go over things WILL do, however, is be a really thorough test of MY knowledge. Can I explain the concepts? can I make them understand?

If I don't know something well enough to teach those peers who see me as a tutor... I don't know it well enough.

And that's how I got a 4.0.

So maybe roll with it a little. Maybe be a mentor. Maybe be willing to help.

Maybe they'll do a little better than they would otherwise.

You'll do a lot better, and you won't spend all your time stewing.

I actually ended up having quite a good time in my prereqs, and it made me realize: I'm really smart, really dilligent, really hardworking, and I REALLY want this.

Also: I'm really glad I'm not 18 anymore. It made me thankful and reflect on the ways I have grown.

Has 1 years experience.

I've seen a CNA course that cost 2150 dollars , I wouldn't waste that amount of money when they don't even pay CNAs good .

Has 3 years experience.

@ Madru, that is ONE facility where such overtime and incentives are offered. You have no idea how many staffers there are actually working those overtime shifts. They may hate it. In most overtime plans, you will lose any OT if you call out for scheduled shifts (a chronic problem in many facilities).

The post seems bitter, especially at the thought of CNAs being able to buy a house. Why shouldn't they be able to buy a house if they have worked hard for their money?