I highly recommend experience as either a CNA or secretary or both. As pointed out by others these jobs are not the most glamorous. But face the facts ladies and gents bedpans, vomit , blood spills, taking off orders, answwering phones and call lights, giving bed baths, and changing attends or briefs (not diapers) are all part of basic nursing skills and if you are too good to be doing them, maybe you should consider another career choice.
Doing these duties as a CNA and/or secretrary before becoming a nurse will help you appreciate what the CNAs and secretaries do for you as a nurse. I was an EMT for 20 years an ER tech for 4 years, and a floor CNA for 1 1/2 years. This background has helped me through the BSN program. I had many skills that my fellow students did not and believe it or not one of them was that god awful thing we call theraputic comminication. Dealing with patients at the basic needs level or actually providing for their activities of daily living helps you develpe the skills needed later on.
Many CNAs and secretaries will come talk to me about concerns because they know I've "been there and done that" and that I won't ask them to do something I have not done myself.
I know of a situation where a facilities new GM (general manager) came to work as a nursing assistant for 30 days before he took over the GMs chair. You guessed there were a lot of worried people.
When asked why he did it he replied he had found out that the best way to learn what it was like to work in a faciltity was to work at the bottom of the totem pole for a while.
There are far to many RNs out here who do not really know what it is like to do 8 hours of bedpan duty or 8 hours of constantly ringing phones. Find out and I'll make you a better nurse.