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Why is the "CNA - Nursing Assistant Discussions" topic listed under the "students" tab? What about CNAs that are CNAs for life? :) Could there be two separate topics for CNAs, one under the General tab and one under the Student tab like there are for LPN/LVNs? Like "CNA Nursing Student Forum" (under Students tab) and "CNA Corner" (under General tab)?

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That might be a good idea if theres enough interest. :) But because most nursing schools now require cna on the application, there are a ton of cnas who are students. And its commonly a stepping stone to other fields as well.

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There are also SOOO many posters who are in the CNA classes before actually becoming a CNA... The questions are often about the classes and pre-certification stuff...

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I was just going to ask a similar question :) How many folks are there here who are not students? Not CNA students I mean. I was wondering how many here are as Curious put it 'CNA's for life.' I was thinking about it because at work, there are a lot of different factions of this or that and one is the students moving on, as opposed to those who do this for a living and always will. There isn't animosity between the groups, just a difference.

FWIW, a CNA class or the ability to pass the skills cert is required for the nursing program at my school. Holding the CNA cert in itself doesn't count, you must pass the skills test within a year of starting or take the class provided by the school.

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FWIW, a CNA class or the ability to pass the skills cert is required for the nursing program at my school. Holding the CNA cert in itself doesn't count, you must pass the skills test within a year of starting or take the class provided by the school.

This depends on the state. Some only allow you 120 or 90 days.

Where I am many facilities won't even hire you until you've passed the state exam.

On a side note, there is NO WAY I would want to be a CNA for life. No way. That's just me though.

And I love being a CNA. ROFL

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fuzzywuzzy has 3 years experience as a CNA and specializes in LTC.

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I love being a CNA. Right now I'm taking pre-reqs to be either a registered dietician or an RN. Not sure which path I'm going to take. I think I would rather be an RD (and continue to work per diem as a CNA), but becoming a nurse would be easier.

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wow... do most nursing schools really require you to be a CNA now?? =(

im glad i got in when i did then...

I don't know about most- but alot of them around here at least do. It seems to be a more and more common occurrance.

Personally I think it makes for a much more well rounded nurse and I chose to be a CNA first for that very reason. Alot (NOT all- but many) of the newly minted BSN's come out thinking that certain tasks are "the aide's job"- when in reality it is whoever's job happens to be there at the time. Or should be. I've even heard of certain newer RN's who will go so far to say that they didn't get a degree to "wipe asses". It's a real problem IMO.

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