Nursing School Dilemma

Nurses General Nursing


I start lpn school june 25th. I have a 2nd interview today for a CNA position that gives you 10 days of training to get CNA and it will work out where I could get my CNA just before LPN school starts. Should I go that route or should I Just stay on unemployment while in lpn school? we are a family of 4 w/ 2 kids, 5 and 8 yrs old


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Specializes in ICU/Critical Care.

Personally, for me I would take the CNA position. If the training is well before LPN school starts it wouldn't hurt to take the job. You could probably work part time and go to LPN school. When I went to nursing school, I had classes/clinical during the week on the same day, classes in the a.m., clinicals in the evening. I worked part time on Saturday and Sunday. It worked out for me. You'd probably make more money as a CNA than what unemployment gives you.


310 Posts

If you can get it done before school starts, do it. It will be good experience to add to your resume.

Specializes in CVICU.

Get the training... for one thing, it will get your foot in the door for a possible LPN job later. The other aspect you need to consider is the experience. Nothing helps out students better than actually working in the "trenches" so to speak... just my :twocents:

Specializes in LTC.

Go for your CNA while in school. It will help you get some experience and will help put money in your pocket.

Specializes in ER; HBOT- lots others.

agreed with everyone!!



199 Posts

Specializes in NICU Transport/NICU.

If you are currently on Unemployment, then I think the right thing for you to do would be to go to CNA school and get a job while in school. Not only is this the right thing to do, but it is the most responsible thing to do. It is very possible to work and go to nursing school. You will get valuable medical experience and it will get you off of goverment dependence. Best of luck to you.


27 Posts

u should also try to get food stamp while in school, it can't hurt, and u are not going to be stress about groceries money. After u finish your LPN you'll be good.

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