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  1. JackiRN

    getting an ICU job

    I was wondering the same thing. I am expected to graduate May of this year and sit for the boards hopefully by July. From everything I've seen in school, I think I want to work in the ICU/CCU, eventually pursuing a CRNA degree. Some nurses in my rotations have said its best to work first on a regular Med-Surg floor until you can get the hang of things, before moving to a more intensive unit, but others have said if you want to work ICU, you should try and jump right in. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  2. I live in Pennsylvania that allows you to bypass the CNA certification classes by filling out what's called a PDE 294 found on the pa.gov website. I don't know what state you live in, but its a simple form that you fill in stating you have received instruction on how to care for a patient.
  3. JackiRN

    CNA certification while in ADN program

    Yes, I have just finished my first year of clinicals, and I want to get my 'foot in the door' if you will, as a CNA getting some experience under my belt in a facility before taking my NCLEX next year. Would you still suggest not to bother? Thanks :)
  4. I just finished my first year in my ADN program, and a girlfriend from school suggested I become certified as a CNA while finishing up school, saying it would be easier to do seeing that I'm in nursing school. I've been looking online for CNA certification programs etc, does anyone know if I can speed up the CNA process as I am already in nursing school? Thanks so much!