CNA Training....

  1. Does anyone know where I can get CNA training? I'm finally moving back to America and want to get started on my nursing career. I want to start off as a CNA while I work on my prerequisites and apply to schools. I will go the second degree BSN-MSN route, so I want to get experience in hospital settings. Right now I only see Rappahanock Community College offering training. Does anyone know any other places in the Fredericksburg/King George/Richmond area? Are there any other ways to gain experience in the hospital setting other than being a CNA? Thanks for your help
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  3. by   Alicia18
    I'm a CNA in Virginia myself, Khadijah2, welcome back to the States!
    I went to my local hospital and took classes there, including clinicals. Maybe some local hospitals near you offer the same thing. If you want to gain hospital experience without becoming a CNA, you could do what I did. As I was taking my CNA classes, I also volunteered at my local hospital, and shadowed some nurses. In spite of all my pushing I only got to shadow in ICU (once) and Med/Surg (twice -- I was supposed to shadow two other places instead, but it didn't work out). Some nurses will let you be more active and help them (but that may be because I was almost into my clinicals at that point) while others will just have you watch. It can drive you nuts just to watch people work , but if you're not sure you want to work at a hospital yet, you might want to go this route first.
    Hope this helps.
  4. by   2bnurseforce1
    I had the same question I live in chesapeake, va and i was wondering where i can get some CNA training i am currently half way finish with pre-reqs. any info. please let me know.
  5. by   Khadijah2
    Quote from Alicia18
    I'm a CNA in Virginia myself, Khadijah2, welcome back to the States!
    I went to my local hospital and took classes there, including clinicals. Maybe some local hospitals near you offer the same thing. If you want to gain hospital experience without becoming a CNA, you could do what I did. As I was taking my CNA classes, I also volunteered at my local hospital, and shadowed some nurses. In spite of all my pushing I only got to shadow in ICU (once) and Med/Surg (twice -- I was supposed to shadow two other places instead, but it didn't work out). Some nurses will let you be more active and help them (but that may be because I was almost into my clinicals at that point) while others will just have you watch. It can drive you nuts just to watch people work , but if you're not sure you want to work at a hospital yet, you might want to go this route first.
    Hope this helps.
    Thanks for the info Alicia18. It's really hard to actually see what's out there as far as training since I am still in Indonesia. I've visited many websites, but none of them mention anything about CNA training. I was interested in Mary Washington Hospital. It looks like I will have to do Rappahanock Community College. It takes about 2 months, and is basically all day, so I can't really work like I want to. We'll see how things go. Thanks.
  6. by   Alicia18
    Hope everything works out for you, Khadijah2. And yeah, I can see how it would be hard to get a feel for how things will be nursing-wise in the States from Indonesia!

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