Would I enjoy doing CNA and will it help forward my career progress of being an RN?
I'm going to be a CNA so in the future I can be an RN and hopefully in the future I can be in the Fire Fighter academy to become a fire fighter. #nursing #nurse #registered-nurses #medicine
becoming a CNA will give you an insight if that is really want you want to do as well as give you that experience that you need. This will certainly look good on your resume when applying to these nursing schools!
The prior answers offer great insight into the healthcare field. Have you ever considered becoming an EMT? Most firefighters require this license. You would have exposure to trauma cases and the expertise of working with a paramedic. I think it all depends what your end goal entails. CNA to RN is a great first step if you are interested in working in a hospital setting. I believe both programs are between 3 and 4 months
I am unfamiliar with firefighter and what they require and how RN would work within it. But I did know one RN who was a fire fighter and never worked a day in a hospital.
Best of luck.
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Also, while working as a CNA in a hospital setting, you may be able to help get some of your tuition paid for to go to nursing school. You could also apply to work in an ED setting in a hospital to get your foot in the door to work as a CNA/ED tech, where you would see them as a Firefighter/Paramedic in the future. That seems like a win-win situation.
I would suggest researching your local or online nursing programs to see if they require CNA certification and work experience. If so, I would get that going right away as it is a short program, and usually, hospitals and long-term care facilities need CNAs all the time to fill positions. Explore what nursing program you wish to attend and determine the prerequisites to get on the list, then while working as a CNA, start taking classes towards your RN degree.
Not sure if you plan on becoming a firefighter before or after you obtain your RN degree, but it sounds like you have a little bit of research to do ahead of you.
Nursing Assistants provide basic direct (face-to-face, hands-on) patient care in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, private homes, rehabilitation centers, Adult Family Homes (AFH), Behavioral Health Centers, and Acute Care Centers (Hospitals).
Nursing Assistant (NAC or CNA) Programs are offered at many high schools as elective courses, at community colleges, by long-term care facilities (who will often pay tuition) and through small businesses. The advantages of becoming a Nursing Assistant are many- it is a quick first step into Nursing, provides the opportunity for job experience in patient care and looks great on a Nursing program application- in fact, many Nursing programs are giving admission preference or requiring applicants to have attended a Nursing Assistant Program.
It's also a great way to see if Nursing is for you, or if you prefer to pursue a different area of healthcare.
Best of luck to you!
being an EMT would mean you wouldn't have to be a CNA. pick the one you want & go for it. you could easily work as a cna while going to nursing school.
if you could do CNA to RN or paramedic to RN within the same governance (like, work for chicago FD then cook county hospital - both of which contribute to the same retirement scheme) you'll have a great retirement saved up over your career.
(yes i'm just guessing that those two places in chicago contribute to retirement like that - your mileage may vary. but you get my drift.)
nurses usually earn more than fire-paramedics, so keep that in mind when choosing when to jump from one career to the next. also consider being a volunteer firefighter. the fire department in your neighborhood will probably put you through classes. as long as you're answering 911 calls you'll get the same experience as a city career firefighter (maybe less intense outside the city, maybe the same). you might decide to make that your primary hobby & make nursing your life career.
a first step may be to ask at your neighborhood firehouse: do they use volunteers & how much training do they get? how successful are people who take that training, then apply for jobs at a busier city/municipal department? maybe they'll let you do some ride-along time so you get a taste before committing to anything. same thing regarding nursing - see if a local CNA &/or RN program will let you sit in on a class to see what it's like. maybe volunteer at a hospital to watch the nurses in action.
the most important thing while doing these investigations is to listen less & talk more. don't brag, but ask a lot of questions about different people's experiences so you can learn. a very common complaint about young people is that they do the opposite & don't learn much; they don't try to work hard & just get in the way. don't be that person. remember that everyone you'll meet in these settings will know a lot more than you do right now, so work on absorbing as much as you can from them (but not so much that it gets obnoxious, of course).
I would say you are on the right path to nursing, as becoming a CNA would give first the opportunity to have hospital experience. During my day in nursing school, I noticed that most of my classmates who had experience as CNA's did well with the exams and clinical. Being a CNA gives you the opportunity to observe patient care and procedures that are taught in the nursing program. Nursing School is challenging if you do not have any healthcare background as some medical terms, types of equipment, and procedures are unfamiliar. I encourage you to work as a CNA while applying to the nursing program. I wish you the best in your endeavors.
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