Acrunchyfrog, I know it varies from state to state, but I noticed EMT-B on your list there. I am thinking about doing that. What are the basic requirements as far as hours per week, class time to become an EMT-B? Would it be too much since I am taking classes as well, or would it not be that bad?
Hopefully, it's not. I think the OP's question pertained more to the possibility of being perceived by some adcoms as "just a lowly CNA" (the bottom of the healthcare-delivery food chain) trying to buck the system and "move up" in the hierarchy, and/or having to fight the perception (however mistaken) that people become CNAs because they lack the skill/intelligence/ambition to do anything else.how is caring for the elderly looked down upon?
--So, to answer your question, as long as your present it correctly, no, I don't think it would be looked down upon in the slightest.
I think so as well. But I suppose it might help you if you are a CNA with experience in an environment besides the assisted living facilities where the bulk of NA's end up working. In a couple of the hospitals I've worked, the CNA had a higher patient load than the nurses, had to carry out the bulk of the dirty work, needed to be able to assess status changes and effectively communicate with the nurses and the occasional doctor that'd speak to them. Especially in high turn-over areas like EDs or cardiac units.
This is great exposure to patient care, I don't see how that could be dismissed just because it isn't glamorous.
Yes. This is the perfectly reasonable other side of the coin. One caveat: you could accomplish this litmus test of exposure in less than 6 months in my opinion. After that if your deciding how to divide your time and you could be doing other things like research, volunteering, leadership, traveling or whatever i would be moving on to something else.
While I agree with you on many points just to point out that as an RN I'm responsible for all the CNA's that take care of my patients, legally, I have a license CNA's do not and the level of training is much higher for an RN then a CNA. I managed a Home Hospice before medschool where I was the "Top Nurse" For over 250 patients other RN's and CNA's alike the only person above me was the MD the Hospice medical director.
CNA's can function at a decent level I recommend it if you are inclined to do it for patient experience.
Absolutely, you are 100% correct, an RN is always in charge, and with good reason. When I made the comment about the patient load, I meant that during a regular shift a nurse would have 5-6 patients at any given time, while the aides had to cover 10-12 patients, reporting to different nurses, performing ADLs, vitals, running messages, answering phones...etc. and if say a nurse is tied down with a particularly sick patient, the Aide has to be able to identify a problem that requires prompt response from the RN.
I didn't in any way mean that a CNA license is just as good as an RN license. The nurse is in charge of far more specialized care for each of the patients she's assigned to, and the general purpose of an aide is to relieve the RN from non-specialized care that eats up most of the time during a shift.
But for the purpose of getting your hands dirty (and you will) without investing a couple of years in school for an Associate's degree in nursing, or four for a BSN before being qualified to deal directly with patients, CNA is a reasonable option while working off some pre-reqs.