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what jobs can I get while in the nursing program?

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A good point was made on my other post how in some states one's first year in nursing program certifies them to be a CNA. How is the situation in New Jersey? I notice some nursing students have easier times getting a job at Rehab places.

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

In NJ after you successfully complete your first semester of nursing fundamentals your program director can sign off on your application to challenge the CNA exam and you can register and pay to take the exam.

http://www.nj.gov/health/healthfacilities/nadetail.shtml

You can see if your local hospital or acute rehab accept 2nd semester (or later) nursing students as student nurse externs.

Edited by JustBeachyNurse

LilRedRN1973

Specializes in ICU, psych, corrections. Has 8 years experience.

I got a job after my first semester of nursing school as an Apprentice Nurse in the ICU at a local hospital. It paid about $16/hr and I was able to learn so much before I even graduated that when I matriculated to the ICU as a professional RN, I was very comfortable in my unit. I had been working there for almost 18 months before getting my license in the capacity of a nurse (with supervision from my mentor - we were not allowed to give medications or suction ETT but everything else we could do). I'm grateful for that experience because it made transitioning much easier.

Extremely helpful responses, thanks...

I'm going to go into the Accelerated BSN program. I hold a BA in psychology. Planning to go back to my Alma Mater of Rutgers at either Newark or New Brunswick.

What I want to do before that is get CNA certified because it's easier and I can attain in 1 month and possibly work.

If I go into the program which in reality is 2 years away for me, because I'm studying now, I HAVE TO support myself...and yes I plan on financial aid and grants.

Right now I work manufacturing 8 hours and I can get the CNA cert in one month then get a new job THEN move on to thinking about BSN, this is why I asked my Post, wanted to know what people did and what their situation is like

???

What are your stories??

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

Most post-bac/ABSN candidates are ineligible for grants. Many are only eligible for unsubsidized student loans but there are sometimes scholarship programs, just something to keep in mind.

If you accept a LTC job in NJ, shortly after you earn your CNA, there are mandates that you can be reimbursed for reasonable expenses to attend a CNA program.

Most post-bac/ABSN candidates are ineligible for grants. Many are only eligible for unsubsidized student loans but there are sometimes scholarship programs, just something to keep in mind.

I did not know this. Darn I assumed grants would be open to anyone at all times.

Where do I look for what type of scholarships I can get?

Do I need bother continue applying with FAFSA?

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

Do I need bother continue applying with FAFSA?

Yes. Some schools award school grants and scholarships based on FAFSA. You cannot get federal loans without FAFSA. Check with your schools financial aid office, alumni relations, and nursing department for school specific scholarships. Check with your employer.

Do I need bother continue applying with FAFSA?

Fastweb. Make an account and tell them all your info both personal and school and anything you are eligible for will be sent to you as soon as the applications for the grants and scholarships are available :)