Hello everyone. Found your nice site through word of mouth on another site.
Let me first explain my situation.... I am 18 years old right now and am really just getting my life in some similance of order. Im working as a Caregiver at an Assisted Living Facility and I really enjoy my work. Have only been doing for a short period but everyone(Myself included) from my mother,to co workers to the head RN thinks it is my 'cup of tea'. The same people are telling me I need to pursue a career as a Nurse.
I would like to know what should be my next step towards becoming a Nurse - OR - Is there another field, similar to nursing, that I should set my sights on, potentially? I enjoy helping people, both old and young, I would like to be in a career where I can help people but I also do not want to be stuck as a Caregiver working for under $10 all my life like some of my colleauges. My mind set is towards working as something that is not only considered a more succsesful avenue of work but the pay difference would be nice as well.
Some different indviduals have told me I should work towards my CNA certification next but is that what really true?
I would also like a list of positive qualitys, In YOUR opinon's, a Nurse must have to be a succsesful Nurse.
Any information would be greatly appreciated!! Any at all.
- I certaintly apologize if this is not the place for this type of topic or if I am going out on a limb here for this info.