Need advice..CNA or straight to RN

  1. I found a program that will pay for my CNA certification classes. The problem I'm having is this. I currently work at home from 11pm-8am. I will be taking a class in Jan (starting my pre reqs so I can apply to nursing school in 1/2019) My current schedule is perfect for me and perfect for my family and will allow me time to study and (hopefully) do well in my classes. (I'm only taking 1 class per semester.)
    However the thought of becoming a CNA interests me because it would be great to get my foot in the door now and even see if I enjoy the nursing field. However this would mean shortening my hours at my f/t job (which I would probably do eventually once I start nursing school) and making my a life a little more chaotic now possibly. (I have a husband and 5 kids and 1 car)

    Should I just continue on with my cushy work at home job and do my best in my classes so I can get into nursing school or try my hand at being a cna for a while and switching up a schedule that will be not so comfortable for myself and my family?

    thanks in advance
  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   Ty4091
    I am a nursing student. From my experiences, having your CNA will not really make a noticeable difference in prospective acceptance or performance in nursing school, unless the school explicitly requires you to have it (most don't anymore). While their roles are important, the work is repetive and physically straining. The experience gives you an edge for the first couple of weeks of nursing school, when you are learning the basics of personal care, vitals signs, etc., but that's about it. The basic skills are easy to learn. I had prior medical experience going into nursing school with my EMT, and I can honesty say the only major pro was that I already knew how to communicate with patients. It helps during clinicals. At the end of your first clinical semester in nursing school, you will be able to apply for PNA (Professional Nursing Assistant) jobs at hospitals and long term care facilities. So you will have plenty of opportunities to get experience during nursing school if that is what you want. If you just want to see if nursing is right for you, ask to shadow a nurse and spend a day in their shoes observing. The pay for entry-level CNAs is a little above minimum wage around my area ($8-10). This all being said, if this is something that you really want go for it. If your desire to become a CNA seems to personally outweigh the cons, then don't hold back. I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors!
  4. by   NurseDom 👩🏽 ⚕️, CNA
    I love that I obtained my CNA and now I am applying for the nursing program this coming Fall. I love it because I am happy to be working in the medical field. Good luck to you.