I can see how being a CNA would mean you could more easily "leave your emotions" at work, which has advantages. I rec'd my CNA certification, but I will be a nurse eventually. It's easy to see how a CNA with, say, 5 years experience would be more knowledgable than a boot nurse. A CNA with 15 years would be someones opinion Iy'd well listen to. A CNA is a career/vocation, just like nursing is. CNA's have more opportunities to interact with people, and that is one of the main reasons I want to be a nurse. Perhaps it depends on how much responsibility you want that goes with caring.
Plus, if I was married with children, i would have to negotiate the balancing act of how much caring I give my patients -vs- how much I give my wife and family. To some, caring is a finite, daily activity. It could weigh more heavily on me, as a nurse, if my patient didn't respond to my treatments [and died] compared with a CNA who enjoys caring for people and seeing them appreciate that. To me that is magic. Mario wants the REAL abracadabra when he can do something and turn someones health/condition around from bad to good. A CNA, however, can do abracadabra just like a nurse can, and make people smile and feel good. What's it all about, alfe? Excuse my scatter-brain post :-(