I just wanted to clarify my viewpoint. I think that one can be a GREAT Nurse and never have been a CNA; however, I think that because, as a Nurse, one will be delegating to the CNA's, it will benefit the Nurse to know how much workload a typical CNA can handle. If one has never worked as a cna, then one may have a false view of how much is too much. I think this is why some Nurses ask the CNA's to do all the basic care. If you know that it is impossible for a CNA to do q4h v/s, q2h turns, pass/feed meals, and do 8 baths because you worked as a CNA then I think you are more likely to NOT ask the CNA to do all of this. You are more likely to say. If you get the 10 o'clock v/s, I'll get the 1400 v/s. And, if you bathe Rm's 234, 235, and 236 then I will get 237, 238, and 239. Of course, maybe there will not be enough time for either of you to get the baths done, so as a Nurse who worked as a CNA, you will PROBABLY be more understanding as to WHY it did not get done.
So, Yes a Nurse can be great and never work as a CNA. IMHO, it will benefit any Nurse to work first as a CNA to get a different perspective and know what a typical day is like for a CNA. To me it's like a Nurse coming right out of school and going right into management. It's kind of hard to delegate that which you have never done, not impossible, but rather difficult.