So should you work as a certified nursing
assistant, nursing assistant or tech, all the
names, while you're in nursing school?
Absolutely. This is an awesome way to see if
healthcare is something
that you actually want to be involved with.
It will give you a great experience, and
it'll give you something really good to add
onto your resume that looks very
professional and nursing specific.
Here are some of the benefits: Working as a
CNA, especially when people
know you are in nursing school, it leads to
a ton of learning opportunities.
Most nurses will explain things to you and
teach you while you're working next to them,
almost as if you are precepting with them.
Even when you're just doing your job next to
them, you'll become more comfortable working
with patients and seeing how healthcare just
operates in general and how it flows.
You'll get familiar with charting systems,
and you'll get your foot in the door in the
healthcare system that you may later on want
to work in as a nurse.
Also, you'll realize if you even want to
work in that healthcare
system or if, like, on that type of unit
after being exposed to it.
You'll have a lot less background information
to learn when it comes
to school as well.
You already know how to change a patient,
how to move them, how to work with
patients. And you'll be comfortable with
working around lines and drains, and you'll
feel much more just at home and at peace and
relaxed in the
healthcare setting in general, which will
let you learn a lot better.
But all that being said, you don't have to
work as a CNA.
I actually never worked as a CNA in school
because the schedule wasn't something that
would fit in with my school schedule.
As a CNA, you tend to work really weird
hours and your schedule is usually
a bit more regimented.
Many nursing students who worked as CNAs in
school did so very, very part-time,
like we were talking about before, like two
weekends a month or something like that.
A full time position as a CNA would likely
involve evenings or nights or weekends and
holidays, and that just wasn't something I
So, should you work as a CNA?
It is a great learning opportunity.
But do you have to?
No. Let's talk about some other jobs that you
could also do while in nursing school that
can give you a lot more of the same
prioritization, critical thinking and
people skills, but might be a little bit