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Has anyone gotten a nurses aid job while in nursing school? I'm thinking of getting one on weekends to make up for what I'll be losing when i start nursing school.:banghead:

I have been working as CNA for 7 years and I am now in nursing and will contiune to work as a CNA on the weekends. It is an excellent experiance and I think it will make you a better, more appreciative nurse.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

Countless people work as CNAs and aides while attending school. Click on the blue link below if you would like to visit our CNA Discussion forum. Good luck to you!

https://allnurses.com/forums/f265/

xlilchatonx

Specializes in Obstetrics.

This is actually something I was looking to do also. My school does offer courses to become a certified nurses aid and I do see that many on here are CNA's also. My question is, is where did you find the time to become a CNA while taking your pre-reqs? I didn't realize this when I was first looking into it until I saw on my school .. it's like a 2wk program but it's mon-thurs 8:00-4:30PM ... and I just can't do that with my other classes... =\

I was thinking of going the weekend route, too. I don't know yet how heavy a nursing school schedule is. How many days a week do students do the clinicals and how many hours?

some hospitals will hire you on as a cna if you're a nursing student. only requirement is that you've had the very basics taught to you. That's why i'm so interested in it.

I took the CNA class while I was in High school and I was a CNA all through college until I got my BS in Finance. However, I kept my CNA perdiam so that I do not loose it and can keep it on my resume through nursing school. Maybe try CNA school during your winter or summer break. It is definatly worth it.

Also once you hit Nusing 101 I hear it is very demand. I day clinical 8-3:30, lecture 8-12:00 and lab 8:12. Then after nursing 101, clinical is two days, and half day lab, half day lecture. Needless to say I will have to go part time in finance job and work as CNA on the weekend to suppliment for loss in income. I make about 16.50 an hr as a CNA about $6 less than I make with my Finance degree

xlilchatonx

Specializes in Obstetrics.

some hospitals will hire you on as a cna if you're a nursing student. only requirement is that you've had the very basics taught to you. That's why i'm so interested in it.

It seems like you're in the same boat as I am, but I didn't know that! I will definitely be asking around about that too. Thanks so much.

This is actually something I was looking to do also. My school does offer courses to become a certified nurses aid and I do see that many on here are CNA's also. My question is, is where did you find the time to become a CNA while taking your pre-reqs? I didn't realize this when I was first looking into it until I saw on my school .. it's like a 2wk program but it's mon-thurs 8:00-4:30PM ... and I just can't do that with my other classes... =\

Wow; the CNA course is only 2 weeks??

The CNA course at my college is 3 months (one term). I'm taking it in the spring because my pre-req's will be done. I'll just be waiting to see if i was admitted into the program. Do you have a lot of pre-req's left to complete? Maybe there's a weekend/ evening certification course you could take. These are sometimes also offered through LTCs and the Red Cross.

xlilchatonx

Specializes in Obstetrics.

I'm sorry, it's not 2 weeks it's 3 weeks. But yes, less than a month. It's a 96 hour course and you can either do night or day (as long as it's offered).

See .. I've realized my college is very different .. to enter the nursing program you don't have to have ANY pre-reqs done. (but I do have most done because I'm earning 2 degrees, a business degree first, and then the nursing, so I'll have all the non-nursing classes done before I start the program anyway.)

http://www.luzerne.edu/academics/catalog2008/degree.jsp?header=nursing.jpg&code=NUR&dept=1&sel=1&d=12

I don't think that's normal for most schools (btw, mines a community so ADN is the only possible degree).

yeah that's what I'm looking into too the red cross and I just e-mailed a LTC facility and asked them. Thanks for the suggestion.

MisaChickaBea

Specializes in None.

This is something I was wondering about. I start taking my pre-reqs in Jan. I have a fulltime management job and hope to keep working for at least the first semester. I have a MAT 110, PSY 201, ENG 101 and BIO 110 to take before I enter the NUR program in fall 09. All my pre-reqs I can do online except for the BIO so, I have managed to get one day a week off to take that class (YEAH FOR ME!!), but I wondered if I could complete CNA certificate in the Summer, so that in the Fall when I have to quit working, I could have that as an option to work on weekends and nights. Here, SC, CNAs make like $7/hr from what I hear, but some $ is better than no money. I am going to also check in the paper because I remember seeing an ad for a 6 or 8 week course for CNA. You pay like $350 to take it I think. Check out my other post: 33 and starting over.

xlilchatonx

Specializes in Obstetrics.

Check out my other post: 33 and starting over.

Which forum is that post in?

And I know the one CNA advertisement on the school's website there's a $500 sign on bonus and benefits, but I don't know what the rate is.

I've been a nursing assistant for almost 3 weeks and I'm a pre-nursing student as well. I was trained for for free and I work 3 12-hr shifts per week.

xlilchatonx

Specializes in Obstetrics.

Where were you trained at, a hospital or LTC center? And did you become certified?

I would definitely recommend picking up an aide job while in school!! In my area, there are about 5-6 major hospitals, including two level one traumas. My nursing school does clinicals at all of theses hospitals so I have had a general orientation at most of them, which looks good to HR. I would call and speak to HR directly and let them know that you are in nursing school. Hospitals love nursing students as Nursing Assitants, especially after your first med-surg clinical.

I work, two 8 hour shifts every other weekend. This brings in about $325 a month. Pretty good for college money. All of the nurses on my floor are really cool to the Nursing Assistants, because they remember what it was like to be in school. If we have a slow night, they always ask me if I want to do some extras--start IV's, foleys, suction (all with direct supervision of course :) ) just so i can get some extra practice. Also, if im all caught up on my stuff, they have no problem if i crack the books open during downtime (better than gossiping or surfing the net, right??).

YOu get so much more comfortable interacting with patients, and gain so much confidence going into your next clinicals. Trust me, the clinical instuctors can tell who has a Nursing Asst job and who doesnt--not good or bad, just is.

Hope this helps!

xlilchatonx

Specializes in Obstetrics.

I think I'm going to get a job as a nurses aid, I have been talking to my friend that works as a CNA at a local LTC home. I still have to e-mail him and bombard him with questions lol. But that's more or less for my own personal knowledge not so much to help decide whether or not it's something I want to do.

I would like experience in the health field before going into nursing so that I can get a feel of whether or not it's the right field for me. Even though it's not the same work, it will still, as the previous post mentioned get me comfortable and confident when interacting with patients. And getting the knowledge from the RN's would help too :]

Would you recommend working at a LTC home or a hospital? I haven't started nursing school yet, I won't start nursing classes until (hopefully) Fall 2009. However, the LTC home where my friend works will train you and you take the certification test through the red cross. I don't know if a hospital is willing to do that, are they?

Where were you trained at, a hospital or LTC center? And did you become certified?

I was trained at a hospital and I don't have to be certified. If I work at a different hospital or a LTC center, I would have to be certified.

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