I went into a nursing assistant program. I was taught by an RN with a bachelors degree who had 26 years of experience including supervisory and director of nursing. I took up the CNA course to make more money so I wont have to work in the fast food joints. It really inspired me. I was inspired by the way the health care business work, the healthcare delivery team, the responsibilities of the different care givers that contribute to the care of the patient from the Physician all the way down to houskeeping and family members. What I also found working in healthcare no matter what position of the healthcare team, is that I was helping other people, sick people and it made them feel better. Even though I wasn't a nurse or physician, my job is just as important and a CNA is the person who comes in contact with the patient a little more personally, CNAs the patient gets to know them a little better than the other staff. It is hard work, but it is rewarding. No matter how bad a shift was, how hard I worked or how tired, I didn't care. When I leave work I feel good because I earned my income helping and caring for others. One of the most easiest things to do besides dealing with rude customers, nasty supervisors. I wouldnt have even worked in a department store or store in a mall. One of the things you should remember is what the Nurse teaches you from his/her experience never forget it , keep it in mind. I also dealed with some issues at work. I was confronted once by the Nurse Manager about something that I was accused of by a nurse, and I didnt know anything about it. She told me that since I was the only CNA and the rest was nurses, that it was everyones word against mine. She was a CNA herself for many years, then an LPN, and then an RN. You will come across some nurses who feel that you are a slave, and may treat you differently because you are a CNA. But do not let them make you lose your cool, or act unprofessionally, or cry or make you not want to come to work. In other words do not let them control your money.You have bills to pay, you do not want to get fired over foolishness. If you have any problems, contact the charge nurse, if the charge nurse doesn't do any thing about the issue, jump to the Nurse Manager or DON, if the DON of the Unit doesn't do anything about it, Jump to HR or CNO Chief Nursing Officer of even CEO Chief Executive Officer. As long as you are human, doing what you are licensed tod do, and are going to be working in that institution or facility and plan to stay there or whatever, you should not have to put up with anyones crap. I dont care who they are, what position or rank, Nurse Administrator, Physician; they are not GOD. Be assertive and speak up. And never confront anyone who you was told by any employee that was bad mouthing you on the job. Like I said you have money to make, do not let anyone control it.I also did Private duty work for agencies where I work in the patients home. In the CNA class make sure you know those Vital Signs very well. Especially whe BP(blood pressure). The nurses at my job wear stethoscopes around their necks but I only see them use them to listen to breath sounds- no blood pressure. There are blood pressue machines, and when its time to do vitals they fight for them when they were taught to do them manually. I would advise that anyone who starts to work as a CNA and likes it and want to become a nurse, not to wait until years later to register for a nursing degree. Start as soon as you can. And don't get lazy or discouraged by the prerequisites( the classes you have to take before you enter the actual nursing classes) I know there are some CNAs that think they are too old to go back to school or go to school period. I thougt that after 3 years of working as a CNA, and could have started on a nursing degree, that I was too old and got discouraged about starting on a degree. But I couldn't believe how old some of the nurses that I work with were when they began to work on a nursing degree and graduated. Learn from your instructor and take heed any advice that he/she gives you from their personal experience or nursing experience. Read carefully about ethics, healthcare laws and especially patients bill of rights. Also, never think a nurse's job is easy and that they don't do anything. Everyone in the healthcare delivery team has their own unique duties and tasks to do that contributes to the patient's care. I once was told,``you'll see just how easy it is when you become a nurse''.