I became a CNA because I felt that RN was my goal. However, there are very little educational opportunities in my area, and the RN program is booked solid into 2011. Taking into consideration financial and family responsibilities as well, it really looks like I won't be getting into an RN program for years. But at the same time, I'm unsure as to how I will "tolerate" being a CNA for that long.
Even before I took my CNA course, though, I became fascinated with EMS, after making my first 911 call and seeing two EMT's perform various assessments, administer nitroglycerin, and interpret a 12-lead EKG.
I was recently hired in my hospital's Med/Surg department, and I knew that EMS was starting to take precedence over RN when a unit tech (CNA) position opened in the ER and I about crapped my pants in disappointment.
I love being a CNA (as much as I dislike nursing homes), but I'm planning on taking the plunge into EMS very soon. I would be interested to see how dual certs (CNA/EMT) work out.