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    New Nursing Student- Anxiety?

    I feel the same way! I found out 2 weeks ago that I got accepted for an RN program that starts in August. At first, I was ecstatic but now I'm excited and super anxious. I feel like there is so much preparation of things to get in order before I actually start, and I have a lot longer than you do! Just get everything ready as soon as possible and then do lots of fun things until you start. Congrats!!
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    California State CNA Exam

    Hi, Where do I go to sign up to sit for the California State CNA exam? How do I find out information about the test such? I've googled and I can't seem to find anything...
  3. Hi there, I am currently enrolled in a CNA class in New Mexico. We are in clinicals and will be done with the class in 3 weeks. I am planning on moving back to California (where I'm from) after the class is over. What I am wondering is can I take the Cali state test with my New Mexico certification class? Where do I find info. about this? Thank you!
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    CNA's graduating in March-April!

    I started my CNA class January 22 and it goes until April 22nd! Its a long course but its a really good one. We have already learned so much. I love this class a lot!! The skills take a lot of practice and I hope I can perfect them!
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    challenge cna exam.?

    What does it mean to "challenge" an exam?
  6. I am currently taking an NA class. For clinicals we need "white leather or vinyl shoes; they cannot be tennis shoes, clogs or open toed sandals". I asked my instructor if I could wear Dansko "clogs" even though they have a closed back but she said no. She mentioned that we should have shoes that are secured by lacing/velcro. Does anyone have any ideas for shoes fitting into the criteria? Thanks for your ideas!
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    CNA as a career?

    Hi! I just started my NA class a week ago and I love it so far! I am interested in probably going on and becoming an RN. However, until then I do want to work as an NA because I am interested in being one and because I want some health care experience. My question is, is anyone on here working as an NA for a career? Not just a temporary job or as a nursing prereq but actually did the NA class to be a CNA? I know NA's don't get paid a whole lot but I just want to see if anyone has been able to "making it" financially as a CNA. Thanks!
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    Tattoos and Appearance

    That is crazy! I would be furious. I do think that he might be able to get away with working in the medical field of some sort. Maybe EMT??
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    Pharmacology in Western Medicine

    Oh hahaha. I didn't see the little ":smokin:" in the previous entry. Awesome
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    Doctor leaves his 8month old in a hot CAR!!!

    I guess no matter how much education and knowledge people have they can still be really stupid and make stupid mistakes! Wow...
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    Doc finds foot in infant's brain

    Wow! How crazy...
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    Pharmacology in Western Medicine

    What is MJ??
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    Tattoos and Appearance

    I forgot to mention my nostril stud. Would this be an issue? I totally forgot I even have one because its so not a big deal to me. I've had this for 8 years and it would be horrible to take it out.
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    Tattoos and Appearance

    I will be taking the CNA course starting in January and I just realized that having tattoos/more than one ear piercing might be a problem. My mom is a nurse and when she worked at a hospital they only allowed her to have single-hole ear piercings. I have 5 in each ear. I also have a large tattoo on my upper arm and 3 small ones on my forearm. I figured I could just wear a long sleeve shirt under my scrub shirt. Would this work or would it be hard to perform tasks with a long sleeve shirt? I thought that nurses/aides today were not as traditional looking but I want to make sure. But I figure it also could depend on the area and the hospital. Any experience with this?
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    Pharmacology in Western Medicine

    I am very interested in becoming a nurse. I am going to start by becoming a CNA first to get my feet wet in the medical field before I take the few pre-requisites I have. But the issue I'm having in my mind is the use of pharmaceuticals in western medicine. I know that drugs are important in order to treat many illnesses and without them the advances in medicine that have been made wouldn't be possible. However, I do believe that we are a society of over-medication. Almost every experience I've had as a patient has resulted in a prescription. I just think that a lot of people don't know that there might be other solutions to explore besides taking a pill. (Such as seeing if a nutrient deficiency is causing the problem) So I'm wondering...as a nurse, would I be able to make a "difference" in this problem? Or would I just kind of have to "deal" with this? I still very much want to be a nurse but I'm interested in preventative medicine and reducing the independence on drugs for everything too. Can anyone shine some light on this subject for me?