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I'm going into my third semester at Tri-C and am considering sitting for the stna test. We don't have to take the course, we just have to pay for the test.

Did any other nursing students take the stna test without going through a stna course?

If so did you pass? What did you study/do to prepare for it?

I don't wanna pay $100 and fail over something silly. I see the skill list on hdmaster http://hdmaster.com/testing/cnatesting/ohio/ohformpages/ohforms/ohiosamplemockskill.pdf

I'm concerned with the written portion....lol

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RNinCLE has 1 years experience and specializes in Pediatrics.

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I've never taken the exam but I'm curious why you want to. Most hospitals will hire you without it since you've completed your first two semesters of nursing school. Seems like a lot of money for something you may not need. Where would you like to work?

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oh boy oh boy how times have changed! I do currently work part time at UH and I left ccf after 4 years. Hospitals USE TO hire prn aides/nursing students/ NAII's now hospitals only want you PRN if you are in BSN program. Trust me, dear. I've exhausted all resources. Applied to a million prn ccf pcna jobs and internally at UH for some prn aide positions. All want bsn students or they want too many hours for part time (24-36) which I cannot do while in nursing school.

So, therefore (to answer your question) I am currently looking for a home health care agency to work for while I finish my last year of nursing school.

Thank You

P.S. I read some of your posts and notice you said you love your department at ccf, I'm curious as to which unit you work for? Only because in the four years I was there I've never EVER heard a soul say that about anywhere in the clinic lol

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applesxoranges is a BSN, RN and specializes in ER.

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Really? That's strange. Our hospitals in the Toledo area still hire nursing students from LPN, ADN, and BSN programs without the STNA after they complete either their first semester or the first two semesters of clinicals. You should contact HR to find out whether you do in fact need to be licensed. I think they may want you only to be PRN if you're in any program because that way they don't have to guarantee you hours and if you change your schedule, then it's not on them. That's kind of standard for a lot of companies.

They also hire EMTs for the ER here.

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Im out in Lorain County and I know the hospitals around me do both. Either you are a Patient Care Assistance or Certified Nursing Assistant.

I am curious about the option to take the test as well though. I see that there is a form that Tri-C can sign to give your permission to test once the basic patient care and disease prevention classes are completed. If I am correct, this would make you eligible after the first semester right?

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Go be a PCA at southwest or somewhere.. look up jobs. You accually dont need the stna test to be something thats the exact same. They will train you before you start out.

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I also would like to be a na to get back into the flow of things after failing at tri-c. Good luck to you

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Toledo and Cleveland are different cities that operate differently.

Yes, I've spoken to human resource at every major hospital here; CCF, UH, and Metro.

Thank You

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I also would like to be a na to get back into the flow of things after failing at tri-c. Good luck to you

Thank you. Good luck to you as well. I know how you feel, I failed 1600 Tri-C. Took me a year to build my confidence up to go back. I'm moving on to my third semester now. You can do it.

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Go be a PCA at southwest or somewhere.. look up jobs. You accually dont need the stna test to be something thats the exact same. They will train you before you start out.

Southwest is part of the hospital I work at now and they are not hiring PRN aides. I've checked.

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Im out in Lorain County and I know the hospitals around me do both. Either you are a Patient Care Assistance or Certified Nursing Assistant.

I am curious about the option to take the test as well though. I see that there is a form that Tri-C can sign to give your permission to test once the basic patient care and disease prevention classes are completed. If I am correct, this would make you eligible after the first semester right?

Yes, after you complete 1300/1450 semester you go to the nursing office and they give you some forms to fill out and the program manager signs off on the forms. Once signed, you need your transcripts from Tri-C and the $100 to fax/mail to HD master.

I'm only taking the test because I am interested in home health care. Those agencies require you to be licensed but to work in a hospital you don't need to be once you're a nursing student. I work in a hospital now.

Good luck to you.

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