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!!