Health Care Aide or Practical Nurse - page 2

I'm a mother of two girls under 4, and trying to obtain a decent education. I was suppose to start my Practical Nursing on August 31st, but they canceled the program, and are unsure if there going to... Read More

  1. by   MissMcCoy
    I know this is old and I may not get a reply. However I just read the last post there and seen that after a year of the PN course you could work as a HCA.
    Do you think this is still done? It would be great to work as a HCA over the summer between the 2 years of the program!
  2. by   loriangel14
    It would depend on the employer. The hospital I work at hires aids(personal support workers) but will only consider those who have completed the PSW program. I do know of many LTC facilities that will hire nursing students though.Best of luck.
  3. by   MissMcCoy
    Thanks.
    I was just looking at some job postings online and some places ask for a HCA certificate or to complete it with in 18 months....considering the course is 16weeks...
    I dont see why they would not hire a nursing student.
  4. by   CanuckLPN73
    Hi, Im a HCA. I am also a PN student.
    Many of those whom I attend school though with are not HCA's, however they will be allowed to work after this semester as an HCA
    The same is with those in the BN program, although with that it depends on the hosp as some hosp will let one work as a PN after their 2nd year and others their 3rd year. However after their first year in the BN program they are allowed to work as HCA's as well.

    My personal thoughts though is to go for your HCA as it is way cheaper. $900-$3000 through Norquest or BowValley depending on whether one takes it directly at the college or through inservice. Most places will hire one without your certificate as long as you have it within a certain amount of time. Some will even do an inservice program though Norquest or BowValley. After working for a year or so (AHS abt $17 -$20 with another increase in April not including differencial wage) then go for your PN. 8-9 colleges in Alberta to choose from http://www.clpna.com/BecomeanLPN/Pra...9/Default.aspx
    Good luck!!
    Regardless of what you decide, HCA, LPN, Waitress....as long as its honest work and your satisfied with where you are in life then that is whats important (Enjoy life, Life Life and Love life )
  5. by   loriangel14
    Quote from MissMcCoy
    Thanks.
    I was just looking at some job postings online and some places ask for a HCA certificate or to complete it with in 18 months....considering the course is 16weeks...
    I dont see why they would not hire a nursing student.

    I guess it depends on what province you are in too. I am in Ontario and the PSW course is now around 7-8 months long.
  6. by   r90s
    Sorry, responded to original post without checking dates
    Last edit by r90s on Feb 23, '11

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