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CNA certification as a step Toward Becoming an RN

CNA certification as a step Toward Becoming an RN

Registered Nursing (RN) is the largest healthcare occupation. As per the findings of BLS (May 2011), there are more than 2.7 million jobs for RNs. If you want to become an RN, you might want to start your career by achieving entry level Nursing Assistant Certification (CNA).

CNA to RN Bridge Programs

Getting CNA certification is the shortest way to becoming an RN. In order to become an RN, you can then undergo a 2 year associate degree program from an accredited community college. But if you want to become an RN without going the CNA route, you need to undergo a 3-year hospital based RN diploma or a bachelor of science in nursing from a university or college. The duration of this program is 4 years.

The associate and bachelor degree programs follow the same course work, which include studies in nursing, anatomy, nutrition, chemistry, physiology, social sciences and biology. Both these programs require basic college courses in history, humanities, English and mathematics.

If you undergo a Bachelor degree program, you need to study leadership and management additionally. Besides classroom studies, RNs must also acquire clinical experience and laboratory work. Teaching hospitals that conduct diploma programs often work with a community college or local university for providing required classroom work to the students.

After completing the course successfully, you can apply for a license. State board of nursing is the authority for issuing a certificate. A license for an RN is a must for working in the District of Columbia and all 50 states. However, the requirements of licensing vary slightly from state to state. You must also pass a National Council License Exam for working as a registered nurse.

In order to get a license, you need to submit a background and medical check before the licensing authority. You must also submit a fingerprint card to the local department of public safety. Fees for getting a license, continuing education requirements, work requirements, etc. will also vary depending on the norms of each state.

5 Responses so far.

  1. Sharon says:

    In 2006 the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, in concert with the College of Nursing at MSU, set out to broaden the opportunities for Michigan’s, and the nation’s, aging nursing workforce. They began to think about some of the needs of mid-to-late-career nurses still working in acute care and looking to move away from that work, for the physical intensity of it. This is just one example of why the demand for RN nurses is growing. It is certainly a career path worth considering.

  2. Jerry says:

    There is a multitude of information to learn regarding the certified nursing assistant. For the most part, the CNA works under the supervision of a registered nurse and is tasked mainly with taking care of patients, majority of whom are old people. This medical worker monitors the progress of these elderly folks and reports the progress to doctors or nurses. There is a big demand for nursing assistants at the moment. It is necessary to finish the required nurse assistant training which is a requirement for the licensure test.

  3. Tonya says:

    I thought about becoming an RN a few times but the more I read about the home health care professionals the more I like that idea, do you still need the same kind of schooling and training in order to do that? I will have to check out the pros and cons of both before I make a decision on the career path I will take.

  4. Marcus says:

    Nursing education is about immersionjumping into the clinical environment head first, ready to get messy. Of course, it’s interspersed with APA papers, seminars, evidence-based projects, and care plans. But students learn by watching, practicing, and emulating what they see senior nurses and faculty do in real life. Students don’t learn by critical thinking alone, but by repeating skills at the bedside. So I say that when choosing a school, you should make sure it is a modern, well equipped medical facility.

  5. Jose says:

    I’m interested in getting my certification. I have learned that RNs go to college for 2-4 years and independently perform a wide range of complex health care in many types of settings. The thing that is both exciting and kind of worrisome is the knowledge that qualified RNs may overlap the practice of medicine and perform more advanced activities such as in the case of nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, or nurse anesthetists. Does this make the study load even more difficult?

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