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Is it worth becoming a CNA?

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by changr changr (New) New

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I'm sure that this question has been answered many times but I just couldn't get this out of my mind. The reason that I am asking is because I am currently a pre-nursing student right now and I will apply to the nursing program in the fall of 2016. I was wondering that aside from the experiences from being a cna is it worth taking the class and becoming one? I talked to my nursing advisor and she told me that I don't have to take cna classes as long as I volunteer I should be fine. I am currently volunteering at a nursing home right now and in the process of volunteering at an Aurora Clinic over by where I live.

I had a friend who said that once you get into the nursing program they will teach you the basics of a cna. I'm debating whether I should apply to cna classes or not because will it benefit me? Sorry if it is confusing, hopefully some of you will understand it. Thanks a bunch!! :)

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direw0lf has <1 years experience as a BSN.

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If you have extra money to spend and time to kill, being a CNA has advantages, but is definitely not necessary. I was in a CNA program. Making an occupied bed with hospital corners was the hardest skill. Getting experience in healthcare will be valuable for anyone. A hospital affiliated with my school offers nursing students internships. If money is tight then check if yours will offer that too instead. You can also usually work as a CNA/PCA after a couple semesters of being a nursing student. One last thing, if you are unemployed, check with your unemployment agencies if they pay for the cost of CNA school.

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If you have extra money to spend and time to kill, being a CNA has advantages, but is definitely not necessary. I was in a CNA program. Making an occupied bed with hospital corners was the hardest skill. Getting experience in healthcare will be valuable for anyone. A hospital affiliated with my school offers nursing students internships. If money is tight then check if yours will offer that too instead. You can also usually work as a CNA/PCA after a couple semesters of being a nursing student. One last thing, if you are unemployed, check with your unemployment agencies if they pay for the cost of CNA school.

Thank you for your reply! I was thinking of applying to cna classes this summer but the schedule was not working out for me so I was planning to take it next summer so I was debating. I was looking for internships but the minimum gpa they're looking for was a 3.0. My cum gpa is a 2.9 right now. I am retaking 2 of my classes to bum my gpa up next semester so hopefully I can bring it up. But thanks for replying!

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