It is now a requirement for all nursing schools
in my state to have a CNA before nursing school
. Yeah, kinda a bummer...but, I really think those skills do help a great deal...but I got my CNA skills while in nursing school, and heck...was basically a CNA for the first year of clinicals because that is what they chose for us to do..LOL! (yeah, first year students in clinicals...yep, the nurses had us do all the CNA duties while they did the Nursing duties so they didn't have to teach us anything..LOL!).
I do like the idea of having the CNA under your belt before RN school because that way you don't have to spend a semester or more on learning that aspect, but can get more nursing education in that time! I would have loved to have had more pharamacology, or maybe more clinicals/lectures on Public health nursing or hospice (not my thing, but still find the area to be of serious benifit to know for all nurses...we got nada in this aspect in school...a pitty!).
So I guess I am more prone to say what the heck, go for it...good stuff to know and before nursing school will leave more time for education in other aspects while in school
. But there is also a part of me that says...gee...think they made that choise based on getting more money out of students...considering the CNA courses are basically monopolized by the same colleges...hmmmmmm?!?!?!