I already posted this in the CNA forum but I haven't really had much luck with any responses, so I also decided to post this here because maybe I'll get more answers.
Right now I have my HS diploma and I'm nearing the end of my freshman year in college. I live in Ohio and I'm persuing my BSN (and later an MSN) but in the meantime I would really like to get a job as a CNA/STNA because I really think that it would help prepare me for nursing school, and I think I'm just overly excited about "getting out there" in the nursing field so being a CNA/STNA sounds like a good option. I was also thinking about an LPN but most colleges that offer LPN programs have waiting lists and I don't want to deal with that! Anyway, I have some questions concerning becoming a CNA/STNA...
1. Does anybody know of any CNA/STNA training programs in the Cleveland *OR* Akron area?
2. How much do these programs generally cost (or are they free?)
3. What's the pay like?
4. What kind of hours do you work? I don't want to work TOO much because even though I'm a "prenursing" student (that's already admitted to the college of nursing at my university lol) I'm still hoping to actually get a seat in the CON so I can start my clincals - and school comes first. I'm looking to only work maybe a few nights / week.
5. What exactly is the difference between a CNA and an STNA? I know CNA stands for certified nurses' assistant and STNA stands for state trained nursing aid and apparently STNA is really only used in ohio, but is there a difference?
I honestly can't wait.