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About Caligal

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  1. I’m a CNA right, about to start PA school this summer. Although CNA is completely different than nursing, I work with nurses all the time and see what they do. It is completely different than a PA. Ultimately, you have to decide what you’re truly interested in. My recommendation would be to shadow a PA first, just so you get the feel of the profession.
  2. Sounds more like HCE rather than PCE. Remember, PA schools really want you to have direct patient care such as EMT, CNA or medical assistant. Something where you are interacting with a patient and caring for them and etc.
  3. I was in a similar predicament as you. I couldn't decide between my nurse manager or one of the charge nurses. I ended up having one of my charge nurses write a letter for me because she was the one I saw and worked with all the time at work. I didn't choose my nurse manager because, although we had a good standing with each other, she has never seen me work, so I would suggest the same to you. Choose a nurse that has worked with you and seen you do the work! Hope that helps.
  4. You will definitely have a lot of more choices if you take organic chemistry. Yes, it’s true some programs don’t require it, but it might be beneficial for you if you do. Microbiology is definitely a must to take, good thing is most programs don’t require a lab! Definitely research on the programs you want to apply to as each program has different requirements.
  5. You are definitely off to a good start! I think because you talked about your education in the 5th paragraph, you can tweak your introductory paragraph a bit more. Maybe try to combine those 2 paragraphs into one. Also, in your second paragraph, I would try to talk about a situation that you faced on the job and how that solidified your decision to be a PA. Try to incorporate how each experience made you want to be a PA even more. Otherwise, I think your statement is really good!
  6. I was responding to your “plenty of downtime” response and simply commented on what I have experienced as a CNA so I don’t know how I was giving a false impression.
  7. First thing I thought of when reading your statement was that you’re not talking enough about yourself. The first 3 paragraphs are way too much, you can easily trim that into one paragraph. In fact, I would get rid of the second and third paragraph. Don’t put too many details on an event that you experienced, keep it short and simple. Also, in your fourth paragraph, you’re talking too much about Greg. Try to incorporate how working with Greg made your desire to be a PA stronger. I would talk more about how your experiences led you to the PA journey. You talked about your work, which is good but try to incorporate your undergrad as well or if you volunteered, etc. Some other general tips: you don’t need to use grand words to get your point across, keep it simple and work on your grammar a little, I saw a few mistakes.
  8. It seems like nursing would be your best bet. I was somewhat in a similar situation as you. I majored in biology and when I was applying to PA programs, I was rejected the first round and started overthinking if I’ll get in the second round, I started looking into nursing as my backup plan but I knew I would be miserable if I did nursing so I kept pushing forward and was able to get in my second cycle. Don’t focus too much on if you’ll get in or not, you still have ways to go. I do know students who did a major in nursing, worked a little bit and applied to PA school, that could be an option for you! But, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you major in for PA school, just make sure you have your pre-reqs, as you probably already know. When I majored in Bio, I was able to knock out a lot of pre-reqs and I only had to take 4 additional classes to finish those requirements. Just remember, if you want it bad enough, you will make it happen. Good luck to you, you can message me if you want if you have any other questions!
  9. Not true at all, we don’t get plenty of downtime at all. We’re constantly on our feet, literally working the entire 12 hours unless we are on our breaks, at least that’s how it is for me. And I’ve worked both in an LTC facility and a hospital.
  10. I work in a hospital currently and care for a wide variety of patients! From the non-critical to the very critical so if OP can get a position in a hospital then he/she is set.
  11. I was in the same boat as you. I couldn’t decide between EMT or CNA but I ended up doing CNA. It is very easy to get a CNA job, granted you’ll probably be working in a nursing home in the beginning, but once you have experience, it’s so easy getting into the hospital. Yes, it is easy to land an EMT job, but remember, most schools require you to record hours where you are directly doing patient care, and not when you are driving or have downtime. With CNA, that’s not a problem because you’re always doing patient care. From what I experienced, it’s harder to land an EMT job in a hospital. PA schools don’t care if you have a certification or not, as long as you have competitive PCE hours.
  12. Average is about 10. That’s how much I applied to. Make sure you actually apply to schools you can see yourself going to and not just apply to get in. Schools should fit your needs as well.
  13. Definitely would apply again. I got rejected from a program (after interviewing) and had applied to the same program a year later and was able to land an interview again, so yes, definitely apply again!
  14. Just like the above poster said, your experience sounds more like HCE rather than PCE. Check the programs requirements because lab assistant isn’t typically what they would recommend as patient care experience, you want to try to do something where you are hands on majority of the time like CNA, medical assistant or EMT. Those would be considered high quality PCE so I would definitely check out the requirements.
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