I just started working at a hospital on the Med/Surg Neuro floor as a CNA about 2 months ago. I enjoyed it at first when there was not as much pressure and I could either shadow someone or work with someone. Now that I am becoming by myself, working as a CNA with doing a biology major at school has become TOO much for me. I come home unhappy most of the time from work, I am nervous/anxious each day before a shift, and I have never been so physically exhausted in my life. Overall, I just do not like being a CNA. I wanted to become an RN and focus on geriatrics, or become a PA and do the same. But after working as a CNA I am questioning both...I would just hate to put all this time, money, and effort into preparing for graduate school or nursing school only to find out that I shouldn't of ignored the warning signs of working as a CNA that this is not what I want to do. I am 100% self financing my way through college...which adds even more stress to pick the right career the first time! I am already in debt and need to find a good career I will love right out of college if possible.
Any suggestions, opinions, or thoughts on what careers I should do if I am questioning RN or PA? I still love learning about health, how to treat a disease and how the body works. It's more of interacting with patients that I am unsure of.
I have always been book smart and I am just wondering if there is possibly a career choice out there where you can still work with health, but not have the stress and over exhaustion a nurse or physician assistant might have.
Or, should I suck it up and get these required patient hours for graduate school for PA or nursing school. Please help!