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    CNA vs. PCA vs. HHA

    I'm a HHA and we absolutely 100% do do VS and depending on the situation, administer meds (just about 3 weeks ago we were administering morphine to a client who was passing an on hospice/comfort care). Yes, we also cook and clean and bathe and ADLs, but we do just about the same as a CNA, just in a different setting.
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    Scrubs and Name Tags

    So I don't really know why they gave us both nametags...most of the girls just have the one with their name written in big letters on, and the others have both clipped together. I have both clipped together. Right now I've got 5 sets of scrubs which is alright since I'll be working 4 days a week and every other weekend, but my weekends don't start until after I get a good paycheck, so I can buy a few more sets then. I eventually want to get up to 2 weeks worth. Weekly wash is just too much. But until I get more scrubs, my mom reminded me that I can use their washer and dryer so I'm not wasting $4 on just scrubs and undergarments each week. Because if I have to go out before work, I'll be in my scrubs, and on my days off, I'll either not leave the house and wear pajamas all day, or wear things for such a short period of time that I don't need to wash them after just 1 wear.
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    Scrubs and Name Tags

    I agree 100% that 2 seems like overkill. I get that these people are old and probably can't read my name on the little tag, but there are 6 residents and 2 of us per shift, so I'm sure they'll learn quickly. Neither is magnetic, they're just your run of the mill plastic badges that look like credit cards. Currently I have them together on 1 reel, and if that's not acceptable, I'm sure I'll see what is when I go for training tomorrow.
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    Scrubs and Name Tags

    There's still a misunderstanding going on with the name tag. I don't have one, I have 2. And two separate clips. There would be no question with just 1...I just don't really know what to do with TWO. As for scrubs, I ended up at Walmart because the local scrub store was closed, and I need the scrubs now, not in a week like it would take for shipping from somewhere online. If I could go to a goodwill I would...but pretty sure the closest one is about an hour and a half away. And we don't have a single thrift store here either. I now have 5 sets which I guess will do for now, and as I get paid, I'll buy more so that I end up with more like 10 so I don't have to do laundry every week because that's expensive (living in an apartment complex generally means expensive laundry, and for me it's $4/load).
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    Scrubs and Name Tags

    So basically I need another 4-5 pairs since right now I have 3. Ugh. Not good timing since I just paid rent! Doing laundry costs a lot. I live in an apartment complex, and a load of laundry (wash and dry) costs $4. That's $16 a month which is insane when I can get a cheap pair of scrubs for that much! My general laundry cycle is 3 weeks, so only about half of that! If I had my own washer and dryer, I wouldn't mind doing laundry even every other day. Thankfully I can wear whatever color and print I want, as long as it's an "adult print", but right now I'm still broke because I've been working PT for the past year since I've been unable to find a FT job until now. With the badges, they gave me a clip for each of them, so I assume they want them worn so both can be seen, but it seems nonsensical to wear two of the stretch clips next to each other (or two of any clips next to each other)...I've been playing around and I think my solution is going to be to just wear the one stretch and clip the other tag to the bottom so it's just one cohesive line. I'll also look at what my coworkers do and then I'll have a clearer picture.
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    Scrubs and Name Tags

    I'm just starting as a HHA with an agency for the second time...but I got rid of all my scrubs from the first round since they no longer fit me, and its been about a year since I worked as an aide, so I'm in need of some new scrubs. I have one set that sort of fits from my old collection (the pants are a bit too big, but not big enough to fall down or anything), and I have a pair of wine colored pants which I kept out of my old collection as well because they still fit, then a pair of too small but will do for now pair of pants, and 2 tops "rented" from my agency. I'm going to be working 4-6 days a week since it's M-TH and every other weekend, so obviously I can't have just 3 sets of scrubs, although it seems that I won't generally be doing to do much "dirty work" due to the nature of the house, the residents, and the fact that I'll be working the evening shift. But I'm wondering, how many sets do I actually need? Five? Six? I don't want to be doing laundry weekly, so as I gather up more money I'll get more scrubs, but this is to start out with. The other thing is I'm wondering how to wear my name tags. I've never had 2 before, just 1...but with this agency you have the regular one with a picture, the agency name and your title, plus a plain one with just your name printed large and in black. Is there any special way of wearing two, or just clip them separately?
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    TC3 Nursing

    Anyone here go to TC3? I'm going to be joining the class of 2017 this semester. (I applied for the second semester of the program since I've already completed fundamentals), and I got accepted! What I'm most curious about is where do you do clinicals? How do you like the program? I've still gotta order my clinical uniform, which I'm going to do Monday, along with calling my old place of employment to see if they can send over my physical because I don't have time to get another one done in time for the deadline thanks to my erratic work schedule.
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    What do you do in CNA class?

    Oh, that's really different. In NY nursing assistants aren't licensed, they're just certified.
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    What do you do in CNA class?

    Nope. in New York you have to go through a state approved training and test. Also, what is LNA? Anyway, class is going well I guess. I honestly don't pay attention during theory, I've been getting homework done during it and I'm almost finished with the homework for the entire thing. Lab is simple -- stuff I've learned and done before. It's just weird to have to re-learn the correct way of doing it because you do things so differently in real life.
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    Starting CNA Training next week

    You can't practice without a license unless you're talking about a licensed profession. You can also be a nursing assistant without being certified, but you'll have a hard time finding jobs without certification.
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    Starting CNA Training next week

    I get that you have to be certified, but in many other states, if you've done a semester of nursing school, you don't have to take a CNA class, you just have to take the test...and I'm quite confident that I would pass the New York test if I took it tomorrow. Also, PLEASE don't ever say CNAs are licensed because they aren't. They're certified. Big difference.
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    Do I NEED to get my BSN?

    I've already spoken with my local community college, and they are well aware of my GPA as they've seen my unofficial transcript, and they still said it may be possible for me to get advanced placement in their nursing program, so I'm not worried about that. Actually, I would love a BSN...but under my circumstances, I don't know that it's the right choice for me. If I had all the prereqs done for a BSN program, I'd be applying to them and would only go to the community college if I didn't get in to one of the BSN programs. But the fact of the matter is, I don't. For every single ABSN program I've looked at, I'm at least 3 classes short, and 4-5 for most of them. That's a lot of classes! And it would take quite awhile to finish those because I could only take 1, maybe ​2 in a semester and still work full time which I would have to do in order to make it possible to spend a year to a year and a half not working at all. That's not the question at all. I've already decided not to finish my LPN because of the expense and the ability to get my RN for less than it would cost to finish my LPN. It's getting an ASN vs. getting a BSN -- community college vs. an ABSN program.
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    Do I NEED to get my BSN?

    I'm not saying a BSN wouldn't be helpful. It may or may not be. But I have to look at the whole picture...money, the amount of time it will take, schools I could actually get into (my undergrad GPA is only like a 2.7 or 2.8)...so I'm not competitive for an ABSN program in any sense of the word unless you count my previous nursing credits, and like I said, I could be done with the ASN by the time I'd be done with the prereqs for the ABSN. Also, if I do the ASN program, I can work during it as the max credits I'll be doing in a semester would be 13. I can't say the same about a BSN program. So yeah, sue me for having my own opinion that yes, would be nice to have validated, but most of you won't but wanting others' opinions anyway. Some of you though see it like I see it, and that's great. And some things that a few people have said have really made it clear that trying to do an ABSN isn't worth it for me. Plus, there's always the future, like AJJKRN said -- if my employer requires a BSN, either they can pay for it, or I will have worked as a nurse enough to be able to pay for it myself and I can do an RN-BSN program.
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    Do I NEED to get my BSN?

    Wow!! $46 per credit is like a dream!!! I don't think there's a single school in NYS where tuition is that cheap, because even within the SUNY system, there's a minimum tuition which is definitely over $100 per credit!
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    Do I NEED to get my BSN?

    There's not. Well, I should say, there's not enough of one that would get my butt back to school. It's a wonder that I'm even considering getting my RN. I thought I was going to get 1 degree and be done -- and I have my 1 degree. I hate school with a bloody passion and wouldn't even DREAM of getting a masters in ANYTHING. I occasionally think about getting one in psychology, but then I'm like, no, I don't want to be in school like that, goodbye thought. And I really only sometimes think it because psych is what I have my BA in.
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    Do I NEED to get my BSN?

    Well this one I know for sure -- they hire nurses. I have not seen a single posting for MAs. They specifically say LPN/RN (most of them in that exact same format). I just am not seeing how it would make sense to do the BSN right now because it would require so many classes to even be able to apply, and that alone would take me a good year (from this winter session through next fall if I were lucky and a class I needed was offered in the winter, but more likely, from next spring to the following spring)...so we're not talking about even being done with the BSN prereqs until 2017, and I could be done with the ASN program at that very same time! Also, I 100% cannot afford any program besides a state one since I can barely afford that...so the BSN programs available to me are very limited.