Should Nursing Students Be Required to Become A CNA First?

Are clinicals enough for nursing students? Should there be more time with hands on work? Should nursing students be required to take another program before becoming a nurse? There is a huge gap between being a nursing student and becoming a nurse and a month or two of clinicals is not always enough for some people. What about the nursing students who have absolutely no experience in a hospital setting and or with patients. Should they be allowed to only do clinicals and that’s it? Honestly no! Nursing students need as much experience as possible because it benefits them, as well as the patients getting the proper care that they need. The best experience for a nursing student is being a CNA while in nursing school. This way he or she can decide if becoming a nurse is something they truly want. Why go through nursing school then realize its something that you are not passionate about. Being a CNA while in nursing school helps because once the nursing student becomes a nurse he or she will be more comfortable as a new grad and not nervous and scared to take on such a new experience. It will help relief some of the pressure of being a new nurse while having to orient with a way more seasoned nurse. Less time will be spent on learning the ropes of the hospital and spent more on passing meds, starting IV’s, putting in catheters, doing EKG’s, being with the patient & etc.. He or she will be ready to jump right into action, but most important he or she will know how to care for his or her patients better!!


3 thoughts on “Should Nursing Students Be Required to Become A CNA First?

  1. I am not sure who wrote this article but I have to disagree. I never practiced as a CNA before I graduated as a nurse. I was never in a healthcare setting as an employee before my first job as a nurse. I think that some people that were CNA’s had a disadvantage in school because they struggled with real world versus NCLEX world problems. I love nursing and I love my CNA’s. I help them every chance I have but I don’t think it would have made me a better nurse to have practiced those skills before graduating and moving to a job as an RN.

  2. Mmmmmh! Mmmmh! It took me four yrs to obtain my diploma in nursing, from a nursing college. Its not a Bcur, it was the most intense training I have ever received and its however the best education both practicals and theory. I held a dual role for those 4 yrs. Meaning I needed to obtain my theory and then prove that I knew it through my practical exams and theoretical exams (total patient clinical exams and my practical exams) and then I had to work a 40hrs week from 7 am to 19hrs which included now and again nightshifts and a weekend in, in the 3rd and 4th year u have to run the ward side by side with RNs or OM this means no drug shortage, equipment had to be just right enough personnel on ur clock and u had to know ur patients, and if anything goes wrong ur head even as a student is on a chopping block! I remember in my 1st year not seeing the mecury inside the glass thermometer, or hearing the systolic/ diatolic when doing my vital signs basic skills I needed to posses to maintain life. I am now qualified and I can proudly tell u that I can manage a patient be it a psych, obstetric or just ur general management and referral. I’m doing my community service in a small clinic that throws anything at me and u know what I am under great guidance and all that I learnt is coming together seamlessly. Nursing is not for the faint of heart or for the love of money cause its benefits lie with the well being of your patients.

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