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  1. esand

    I am appalled.

    I prefer mapquest. I don't have a printer, though, so I wrote down directions. Suffice to say, it wasn't enough. xD
  2. esand

    I am appalled.

    In my position, I really didn't have a choice but to walk in and ask these people because we drove 40 minutes and the place I was trying to find was going to close. Thanks for responses! lol
  3. esand

    I am appalled.

    Thanks, I think. Guess I'll learn more of the wackiness when I start my first job, haha.
  4. esand

    I am appalled.

    So today my husband and I drove to Columbus to put down the deposit on my CNA course, and we go a little lost and ended up at a different CNA class that was less than a minute from the one I plan on attending. We walked into this other place (Alia healthcare) to ask for directions and when the woman behind the front desk heard where I was asking to go for my CNA classes, her eyes went huge and she looked around quickly before lowering her voice and saying "Did you pay your deposit?" I said no, and she continued on to say "I can totally speak from experience when I say the place you're going to is so much worse than this one. They suck. You can talk to my boss and set something up, seriously." Then she started talking major crap saying that the place I was going to wasn't BBB accredited, doesn't do payment plans, has the lowest pass rate, screws people over, etc etc etc. Now, the irony is that this place I stumbled into is the place I was planning to go a couple of weeks ago. After doing some research into them, I found that their BBB accredidation had been revoked for over a year and they had a grade of an F- as far as customer satisfation and integrity. It's safe to say I decided quickly to go elsewhere. The thing that really bothered me was that she assumed just by looking at me that I was stupid and hadn't done research into her facility before coming in. Not only that, but the stream of lies she was so eager to spit at me, when I knew that they were all false facts. I knew that the place I was going was bbb accredited and was in good standing. They also have the highest pass rate of the state. Either way, I ended up making it to the place I had planned to go, and paid my deposit and am scheduled to start Nov. 27th. :) When I mentioned that Alia Healthcare had talked to much crap, the man simply laughed and said they've been doing it for a while. He said that they've even gone as far as to put bad reviews online about him and his business. Has anybody else encountered something like this? I hope that not all of healthcare ends up being this cutt-throat! lol
  5. esand

    Frustrated.

    Very eye-opening post, duskeyjewel! A nice dose of reality. You're so correct, I shouldn't even be worried about what they're thinking. I've located a school that specializes in CNA classes that's got an A+ with the BBB and has been in business for 14 years. :) $385 for the course, which is the same price but for probably a much more quality education. Thank you all for your advice, because I probably would have settled for the worst one.
  6. esand

    Body modifications and elderly people.

    Oh man, such good advice from all of you! I'm not sure yet how I'll approach it, but I guess I'll come up with a way to incorporate an explanation for my tats in future interviews. I'd never be the sort to hide it all through the interview and then just show up the first day of work waving my tats around, that'd be very rude. lmao :) Do people actually do things like that?
  7. esand

    Body modifications and elderly people.

    Thanks so much for the answers, guys! I have a few friends who are CNAs and I didn't even think about the fact that they have more tattoos than me! Lol :) Guess I'll cover up and bring it up in future interviews!
  8. Hello again! I was thinking today about how my job as a CNA will be once I complete my class, and it suddenly dawned on me: I haven't even asked about tattoos. I have a quote tattooed on my right arm from my inside wrist to the middle of my arm. The font is small and cursive, and the text itself is not profane in any way. I also have a tattoo of a small cactus on my left shoulder. Do you think that this would be a problem as a CNA? Would people not hire me? Most importantly, would elderly people be comfortable with me giving care to them with my tattoos? I know that since tattoos weren't as common in their days, they're more likely to get offended, and the last thing I want is to make somebody feel uncomfortable. I've linked some photos below to give you a better idea. Thanks so much! http://i881.photobucket.com/albums/ac17/explosivemoogle/121012-213443.jpg http://i881.photobucket.com/albums/ac17/explosivemoogle/121012-213457-1.jpg
  9. esand

    CNA's/PCT's how much do you make?

    If you compare the salaries/experience on the first page with the salary/experience on the last page, it's almost not even right. Being a CNA must have been hard in '04, '05.
  10. esand

    Frustrated.

    Wow, you're all awesome. Love this community all ready, by the way. Last CNA board I was on wasn't so friendly. lol
  11. esand

    Frustrated.

    You're right! Thank you so much. :) I was afraid that if they weren't accredited, I wouldn't be able to find a job. A school that I was previously trying to go to said that if the school wasn't accredited, no employer would want me, which is why I asked. And as far as how cheap it is, that's how the majority of them are in Ohio, for some reason. Some approach even the $600 mark, but that's still good compared to the really expensive places, I guess.
  12. esand

    How hard is it to get a job w no experience?

    I've had quite a few friends find a job right out of graduation. Don't give up hope, just keep applying.
  13. esand

    Frustrated.

    Thank you so much for the great responses. They were very helpful. :) If anybody can answer this last question for me, it'd be great: What if the school I'm wanting to go to lost their BBB accreditation? Their site says they're approved. At the bottom of the page, it has a clickable button that say "Accredited business" but when I click it, it says that the BBB dropped them in May of 2012. This is the best chance I have, but should I be weary of that? Alia Health Career Services Review - Employment Training in Columbus, OH - BBB Business Review - BBB serving 21 Counties in Central Ohio
  14. esand

    Frustrated.

    I've had dreams of being a nurse for as long as I could remember. I've just always in the back of my mind known that I wanted to be an RN. I'm currently trying to find a good CNA program that I can afford, but they're all too expensive or too far away. Here in Ohio, it seems to be cheaper to get trained than most places. My back-burner school is $385 for tuition, scrubs, materials, and the state test. They even lend you books so you don't have to buy. HOWEVER, I was wanting to go with a school that has more accredations.. Because this one only has two. Ah well. ON TO WHAT A MADE THIS TOPIC FOR. I'd like to rant about the fact that everybody and their mom is trying to change my mind on this! It's very disheartening to tell my sister that I'm going back to school (after dropping out of high school at 17) for my CNA cert and have her make a disgusted face at me and say "Ew, you're going to be one of those butt wipers." I've been researching the CNA job and everything about it since I found out that I could do it, so I know all about what I'd be doing and have no problem with that. I want to. All of my friends take time out of my day to say "Why on earth would you want to do that?" and it just really hurts my feelings. :/ I want them to be proud that I'm continuing my education, you know? Has anybody else ever experienced that to any degree? I also have a few questions. How did you know that the school you went to was the right one? Did you have fun in class? What was your first job after graduating? Also, is it hard to find a job if you've got a GED instead of a diploma? Thank you if you read all of that, and sorry for the rambling.
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