I'm currently a nursing student. I've finally finished all my prerequisites and hopefully will be accepted into the ASN program next spring at one of the Maricopa Community Colleges.
Now that school is out, I've been looking online and in the newspapers for possible entry level positions in the health care setting, but realized most positions require some sort of certification or experience. I just want to get my foot in the door and possibly work part-time while finishing up my nursing degree. I recently saw some sites online regarding nursing homes and non-profit organizations that give out free CNA certification classes with the stipulation of working for them for a full year thereafter. I'm wondering if it is worth it? While I work for them they give me very little pay, but I am informed that they'll increase it once I recieve my CNA certification.
Also, once I get accepted into the nursing program, how intense are the clinicals? Is there room to have a part-time or full-time job? What should I expect?