Good to know you have an interest already in what you want for your future. As others have said, if you need a break from school, take it. If you do go on to nursing school
who knows when the next time you'll have a break will be with all the classes and clinicals you'll be doing. While I was in nursing school I worked as a PCA (pt care assistant) on a 23 Hour Observation Unit. It was a med-surg/tele floor where anything from R/O MIs to Sickle Cell Crisis came, very well rounded learning floor. Anyway, after nursing school I was a RN there for 1 year and got most of the basics down: IV starts, charting, delegating, and communicating with others of the health care team. The time I was a PCA there was also a huge learning experience, learning how to deal with pts, family members, how to put and take a pt off a bedpan! how to turn pts, etc etc. Currently, I have started the Critical Care Residency, a 12 month long program to start working in the ER (Level I trauma). It's scary and exciting at the same time. Even though I have some experience I'm green all over again! My point is: You have to start somewhere, so you being a CNA wanting to be a RN is AWESOME! You can go anywhere you want as a RN, whether you like ER, ICU, L&D, med-surg., home health, community nursing~ whatever you want. Good luck to you!