I am a freshman taking my nursing pre-requisites, hoping to be accepted into an associates nursing program once I am finished. I just moved out on my own and I am working part-time while going to school full time. I thought it would be a good idea to take a CNA course so I can work as a CNA while I am taking pre-nursing courses and in nursing school. I saved up $1000 and paid for the CNA class and I start in six days.
I was extremely excited until I learned that most CNAs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area are only making around $9.00 an hour...that's what I make now as a hostess at The Cheesecake Factory. I feel like I made a mistake by enrolling in that class. Please, help me see things clearly.
OK, so it pays the same as a waitress, but if you are working on nursing, it will be better to get some basic experience, otherwise, you will start nursing school clueless. At least if you have a background in basic bedside care you will be a small step ahead, and that is priceless. You will learn so much as a CNA.
Hospitals pay a little more in most places, once you have experience you can start looking there.
Last edit by JDZ344 on May 14, '14