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    CNA training during COVID

    Keep in mind that a lot of nursing programs require that you have your CNA certification. I would double check with the program to see if they require it. My nursing program did not allow us to even submit an application without our certification.
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    CNA before/while in nursing school....

    I think you should go for it. I am finishing my pre-reqs up now for nursing school and working as a full time CNA. I am switching from home health to a hospital setting in about 5 weeks and will be working 12 hour night shifts, 3 days a week. My suggestion would be to work full time while you are taking pre-req classes because its the only time you won't necessarily struggle between work and school. I am going to be working full time as a nursing student which is why I will be working nights. It will be difficult, so keep that in mind if you plan to continue working full time in nursing. It is 100% doable though and becoming a CNA is a wonderful way to get your foot in the door for nursing to see if this is truly your cup of tea. It will benefit you in the nursing program as well because you will have more practice speaking to co-workers and patients, patient care, etc. Good luck!
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    Any advice on what classes are easier to take together

    Humanities is very simple, probably the easiest class you are going to take. So I would pair that with a psych and English class or psych and sociology. I don't know what pre requisites you have to take, but I had to take 2 psych, 2 English, 1 humanities, 1 sociology, A & P 1 and 2, and Intro to Microbiology. You I would take A&P either by itself or pair with humanities. micro take by itself or with psych. You really can pair any classes together as long as you pair your easiest classes with all of your bio classes OR take your bio classes one at a time.
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    Wake Tech Fall 2020

    Hey guys! So I’m still in school for my nursing degree at Wake Tech but I’m working full time as a CNA. I landed a job at my dream hospital (Duke Regional) and I was wondering if any of you are working as a CNA throughout nursing school. I’m in full time night shifts and could use any advice. I’ve been working doing home care but a hospital is a whole new setting. If you are working in a hospital, how do you like it? Pros and cons? Thank you all in advance.
  5. Hey everyone! I am in school to get my nursing degree and I have been working as a CNA at the same time. I did home care, but recently got hired by Duke Regional on the Orthopedic floor and I am so excited! However, I am a bit nervous and was hoping someone could clear up my concerns, preferably someone who works in a hospital setting. 1) I have NO clue where to go or who to ask about where the Orthopedic floor is. I struggle with really bad social anxiety and really like to know in detail where I am going and who I am to speak with, etc. before going places. I don't start until December 14th. 2) What is it like working on the Orthopedic floor? What are the responsibilities of a CNA in Ortho? I have only done home health and it was far different than what I had expected. 3) I will be working night shift 7-7. Any advice for night shifters would be greatly appreciated. 4) And lastly, how do I handle catty nurses if that situation does arise? I have heard horror stories about CNAs being mistreated. I am a very kind and caring person and can get along with really anyone, but I am a bit shy at first and some people take that as me being rude when I'm not...my anxiety is just through the roof in unfamiliar settings with unfamiliar people. Thank you in advance, as any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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    Wake Tech Fall 2020

    Haha no worries!! I’m still doing my pre-req classes right now but I’m trying to start the CNA class through care one next month if they’re even doing them right now. I plan to work as a CNA throughout school.
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    Wake Tech Fall 2020

    Gotcha! I’m attending nag wake tech also. So don’t I have to have the certification to even apply to their nursing program?
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    Wake Tech Fall 2020

    Awesome, thank you! I definitely will. I plan on going there. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about them!
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    Wake Tech Fall 2020

    Hey guys. Quick question. Is my CPR certification not included in the Nurse Aide 1 program? Or do I need to get a CPR certification elsewhere before my Nurse Aide 1?
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    Wake Tech Fall 2020

    Thank you all for the info. LOL so glad I joined this site! You guys have been way more helpful than any other person I’ve spoken to. THANK YOU!
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    Wake Tech Fall 2020

    I’m asking the dress code for the nursing program and stating that I’m only taking pre-reqs for the nursing program right now. I’m just asking so I know in advance. Thank you!!
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    Wake Tech Fall 2020

    does anyone know what the policy is for tattoos??? I have a half sleeve on my arm from my collar bone cover down to just above my elbow. Will I be required to keep this covered in the nursing program?