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Do I need my CNA to be a nurse?

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Connie’s Answer

It depends on the state and the college. It became a requirement at some of our area colleges because too many people were applying, accepted, started and then dropped the program because they did not have the correct idea about what being a nurse includes. Often CNA work is included because you are not assigned one. Thereafter you needed your CNA to be considered for entry to the RN program at those teo colleges. It is not very common, but as spots become more rare, it becomes more competitive at some colleges and universities. They use this to tip the scale and who they accept. Many facilities here have stopped accepting 2yr RNs and only hire 4yr RNs to maintain magnet status. The most important advice I can offer is, always check with where you plan to go. My daughter, my mom and my sister, all nurses had different requirements to get in. We all went somewhere different than each other. We all now live in different states.
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Tequila’s Answer

Hello Jessica,
The bottom line is NO. That's a way to learn basics, get familiar with the medical environment, and make some money while you're deciding on your next move. If you like being a CNA, then continue. If you decide you want more of a challenge whether it's nursing or some other medical field, your training as a CNA will only enhance your understanding of the medical community of careers.

Continued success in all of your endeavors.
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Courtney’s Answer

Nope!
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Warda’s Answer

Although becoming a CNA prior to becoming a nurse is helpful and will help you gain skills that you will need for nursing, It is not a requirement. I would highly recommend you to become a CNA prior to becoming a Nurse.
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Ellen’s Answer

Hi Jessica, you do not need to be a CNA to become a registered nurse. You can go to college for nursing straight from high school. However, if you'd like to explore if working in a medical field is right for you, getting a job as a nursing assistant and becoming a CNA would be an option. Also, many nursing students work as CNAs while in college.

Ellen recommends the following next steps:

Look into college nursing programs
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Lindsay’s Answer

No! You don't! But it helps you get the hang of helping out patients. It also exposes you to the less glamorous side of health care which is always eye-opening. I think that if you want to become a great nurse, you don't need to be a CNA, but it definitely helps you gain perspective. Also, the patient-interaction is priceless! I loved interacting with the patients when I was a CNA and it helped me appreciate all my coworkers so much more. I hear that if you want to be a nurse, it's best if you start as a CNA!
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