Hi, I'm a 32 yr old mother of two, who is done with my pre-requs and has decided to put nursing school off for a year until my youngest is in first grade. Half-day kindergarten can make sceduales difficult. I was really bummed about making that decision, because I've been working towards this for almost three years. Plus, I'm so worried that I'm forgetting all my anatomy-physiology. So I've decided to get my CNA this summer, and I'm actually pretty exited about it. If I can't be in nursing school right now, this is the next best thing! Has anyone else gone this route, and what did you think?
Mar 16, '07
I think every future nurse (and doc, for that matter) should work as a CNA. I was in retail management in a formal life, and I would never ask an employee to do something I wouldn't do. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, and I am really glad I had the experience.
Not only does it give you an appreciation for each member of the nursing team, but working as a CNA goes a long way towards ridding a new student nurse of her/his jitters. I haven't actually started clinicals yet, but I feel really comfy around patients, so I don't think I'll be too freaked out.
Mar 16, '07
Wow, that's so funny. I was also a retail manager in my former life before kids. I think you're right about the importence of haveing the entry level experience. Heck, I'd probably be honored to empty the hospital garbages just to get my foot in the door!
Mar 18, '07
I start the cna in May. I'll be finishing up my sciences math while I wait for the nursing classes in Fall 2008
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