I’m now certified as a Nurses Assistant…other certs to supplement?

I just passed my state exam, and I’m going to be starting my prereqs to become an RN soon, but, in the meantime, I was wondering what other certifications were good to have to supplement my License? I’m already CPR Certified, but other than that, I don’t really know what else would be good for me to have.
I live in NH if that matters?
Thanks for the help!

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2 Responses to I’m now certified as a Nurses Assistant…other certs to supplement?

  1. carolyn says:

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  2. RN_Edu_Guru says:

    Congratulations on becoming a CNA, that is a great start! Most certifications that an RN would pursue are directly related to their field of specialization or job responsibilities (e.g. pediatrics); and many certifications require you hold an RN License. I would recommend focusing on being the best CNA you can be and learning as much on the job as you can. Working directly with the nurses and medical staff in your assigned unit will give you valuable insights into the profession. It will also give your co-workers and potential employer (as a nurse) an opportunity to assess your skills and competencies, as well as your work ethic. Building a reputation as a hard working and knowledgable CNA will go a longer way (initially) than will pursuing additional certifications in anticipation of becoming a RN a few years from now.

    As you may know, registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses must also be licensed.

    In all nursing education programs, students take courses in nursing, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take four years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take two to three years to complete.

    All programs also include supervised clinical experience in hospital departments such as pediatrics, psychiatry, maternity, and surgery. A number of programs include clinical experience in extended and long-term care facilities, public health departments, home health agencies, or ambulatory (walk-in) clinics.

    Bachelor’s degree programs usually include more training in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking, which is becoming more important as nursing practice becomes more complex. They also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

    Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of education programs (bachelor’s, associate’s, or diploma) qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse.

    I recommend visiting the LPN to RN Degree Online web site which provides nursing career information, insightful nursing articles, detailed nursing school profiles, and links to campus based nursing schools and accredited online nursing degree programs. http://lpntorndegreeonline.com

    Hope this helps. Good Luck!

    RN Education Guru
    LPN to RN Degree Online