Working as a CNA while getting BSN.

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Hi all I am a college sophomore and I have finished up my freshman year of my BSN degree. I recently got my CNA training and License through a local LTC. The work is my first step into nursing and has been a good experience so far. I was wondering if anyone had worked at a CNA while going to school to get their BSN? How hard was it? Did you find a good setting to work in to balance school and work? Just a few questions from the new guy.

Peace.

windmill182

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Ive asked this same question. I've gotten mostly good replies about working as a CNA in school. If you must work it is a good choice, but I've heard its very easy to burn out. I've heard it's also very very hard work which is just added stress on top of your studies. I think certain folks can handle it. It probably just depends on how hard working you really are, and if you can balance your life well. Good way to make connections and get your feet wet for when you graduate. That's the way I look at it!

ZanatuBelmont

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Specializes in Rehabilitation; LTC; Med-Surg.
Hi all I am a college sophomore and I have finished up my freshman year of my BSN degree. I recently got my CNA training and License through a local LTC. The work is my first step into nursing and has been a good experience so far. I was wondering if anyone had worked at a CNA while going to school to get their BSN? How hard was it? Did you find a good setting to work in to balance school and work? Just a few questions from the new guy.

Peace.

I think working as a CNA while in nursing school - regardless the level - is an intelligent decision. Holding any job during nursing school - regardless the level - is difficult, so working as an aide is no exception. I do believe with a little blood, sweat and tears, though, that it's possible to be successful.

I work PRN as an aide and I am also in nursing school. I have found the experience to be rewarding and beneficial in my studies. It's nice knowing how to turn a patient properly and change an occupied bed. Leaves more time to focus on the real stressors in our chosen profession.

wifey08

61 Posts

I recently got my CNA training and License through a local LTC.

Hi, I'm new to the game also. Could you tell me how you got your CNA training and license through a local LTC. Did you just visit a TLC and ask if they had a program? I am really interested in doing this while I'm in school, just for the experience. Thanks!

ZanatuBelmont

278 Posts

Specializes in Rehabilitation; LTC; Med-Surg.
Hi, I'm new to the game also. Could you tell me how you got your CNA training and license through a local LTC. Did you just visit a TLC and ask if they had a program? I am really interested in doing this while I'm in school, just for the experience. Thanks!

Usually you can apply for a position as an aide after your first semester in nursing school without actually becoming certified. You must remain in your program and upon failure to progress to the next level, you are no longer legally allowed to work as an aide unless you are certified. You should check with the board in your state, however, to ensure you comply with all rules and regulations.

ShelbyMaser

29 Posts

It is definitely do-able, and I STRONGLY encourage it!! I'm a PCT at UPMC working towards my BSN. Currently I've only taken pre-nursing courses, so I haven't started a single clinical, but as far as my previous courses, I was able to work full-time, and still go to school, and I did really well. I don't know what its like to have clinicals while working, but there are most hospitals that offer part-time, or even casual (minimum 8 hours/month) positions. Its great, I love the experience I'm getting, alot of the nurses I work with know that I'm a student, and they show me some things about nursing, so its a great educational experience. Most major hospitals also have tuition reimbursement for full-time and part-time employees so you may want to look into that as well. The best part is that employers who see students working as an aide while in nursing school will definitely have a much greater advantage over those that haven't, plus, if you like the unit you work in, it would be very easy to work there as a nurse when you graduate.

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Just adding my :twocents:. I currently work as a PCA while in nursing school. I am finishing up my last year and will have worked as a PCA for about a year when I graduate. I think the experience is invaluable because you learn the little things that can definitely trip you up as a nurse. (Foley care, specimens, etc.) Plus, you get comfortable with how the floor is run, interaction with docs, etc. You just feel alot more comfortable and confident with what is going on around you. Plus networking is ALWAYS great. So if you can handle it, I say go for it. It can only help with getting a job once you are through! Good luck!

mama2krhj

11 Posts

I live near Jacksonville, FL and I know that St. Vincent's & Baptist used to hire nursing students that had finished their first semester to work without their CNA certification.

nkara, CNA

288 Posts

Specializes in Med/Surg/Pedi/Tele.

I work as a CNA at a pedi hospital nights. I'm taking my pre-req's at the moment and hopefully when I can apply into the nursing program I'll be able to do the night or weekend program. I love working with the kids so it's great....

EduardoLugo

293 Posts

This is encouraging! I am going to work as a CNA in hospital while going for the BSN in nursing degree. Why not apply for the weekends? Is it very hard to find a weekend job as a CNA or what? I want to try and work only on the weekends.

2bNursevaldez2

20 Posts

I have a question I'm curently a patien care technician working in the emergency room Which mean i have my phlebotomist , ekg, CNA , certification i also have my associate in health care adminitration ... And i took my intravenouce certification which mean i can put iv .. But im not allowed to ... Lol.. Im also a medical assistant and biller and coder .. Well the question is since i have all of my nursing pre - req i would like to know which would be a smarter route for me ... if going to lpn school then BSN or just going straigth in to RN - school then to BSN .... I was also wondering since i have my associate in health care would it shorten the lpn to bsn process ... Lpn is 11 moth RN 2 years Lpn to bsn 2 - 4 years RN to BSN 1.5 year But i would like to know if having an associate plus lpn plus Rn pre- re would only mean i have to go,for school for 11 moth plus 1.5 year to get my BSN. .? Is that posible ? Because i heard of people who has a BA in what ever concentration and obtain a master in nursing so lpn plus Ass degreed would be a short cut rigth ?

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