hi everyone! i've been on allnurses for quite some time without posting anything...i've been more of a lurker, just reading...because i never had started nursing school! a little backstory is that i keep my little brother for my parents alot and i just knew i wasn't going to be able to go to an actual campus, so i was looking everywhere for online classes. well, the local community college offers a great portion of their classes online, and since my little brother will be old enough for daycare in november, i went and registered! at this particular school you have to be a cna before you start the lpn program, but it all works out because you take all of your core classes in the cna program before you enter the lpn program...and you've already taken anatomy and medical terminology
. anywoo, now that i'm officially a nursing student i just see so much ahead of me! i've always wanted to be a nurse...i come from a background of nursing with my grandmother, aunt, and great-aunt all having been nurses, or in the case of my aunt still a nurse. i do have one important question that's been bugging me...are cna's considered nurses? i've read that there's a debate over what qualifies us as a nurse or not (since i'm going to be a cna before i become an lpn...i can say ''us'' right?
) also, what's the difference between a cna and a nurse tech? one of my good friends is a nurse technician (she's going to the same school i'm going to...except she's in the lpn program, but she got her core classes when they still awarded a nurse tech certificate and not a cna certificate) anyway, in public i'll always say ''well, she's a nurse..ask her!'' and she just kind of says that she's not a nurse, just a nurse tech. it breaks my heart everytime! just some of the stories of the things she's experieced already leave me in awe sometimes. one of my best friends is going to georgia southern to be an rn (i'm trying to get her to switch to my school...) and my other best friend is going to be a medical assistant at my school..(i'm trying to get her to switch to lpn...). there aren't any two year rn degrees anywhere close to around here, it's all either two year lpn or 4 year rn...i've only encountered the whole ''you'll only be an lpn'' once, but it was from a condescending witch of a woman who i associate with as little often as i can. anyway, i'm from georgia...i've lived here my whole life except for a brief two months when i lived in nashville with my aunt...i love it here! i look forward to being a nurse in ga!