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Pursuing CNA while in nursing school

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I was just wondering if it would be worth while or advantagous in any way as far as my nursing career if I were to become a CNA while I'm in nursing school. I'm going to be doing a two year program, but I'll need to have a part time job while I'm in school. Would being a CNA be helpful when applying to future jobs after I become registered?

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There are many threads on this topic/question that you might find of assistance.

Short answer: yes, being a CNA during nursing school will more than likely be beneficial to you during your journey to becoming a practicing nurse.

You will gain valuable insight and experience. You will also be able to make valuable connections and network with individuals who might lead you to your first job after graduation.

best wishes.

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RunBabyRN has 2 years experience and specializes in L&D, infusion, urology.

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You can generally work as a CNA after the first semester- you will learn in your first semester what you need in order to be a CNA. There are positions for nursing students, actually- look for one of these, as they are almost a guarantee of a job once you're a RN. Don't waste the time and money on an additional program when you'll get what you need in nursing school.

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mindofmidwifery is a ADN and specializes in ICU Stepdown.

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I think being a CNA will be beyond helpful. It'll get you into prioritizing, caring for people, and carrying out responsibilities. I'm a CNA now in LTC and I believe it really helps with my patience as well as everything I mentioned above. It's the perfect part time job for a nursing student.

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vokaybo has 30 years experience and specializes in NICU, Acute Rehab, Med/Surg, Quality.

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A CNA is required in our state's community college system for nursing students to even be admitted. I believe it would be beneficial to you in whatever state you are in.

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Thank You! After reading these responses I've decided to go for it!

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