I have two different answers to your question. First--While in high school, I worked as a CNA in our local nursing home. I loved it and I hated it. I developed many close relationships with our residents and looked forward to helping them each day I came to work. Yet, I felt overwhelmed with the difficulty of the type of work typical to the CNA job description. We worked short and care was often rushed. Well, when I looked at the RN I noticed that she was calmly sitting behind the desk, instructing me on things that still needed to be done before I could leave, and not getting up to help when we needed it so badly. So, I decided that I wanted to be in that position. It looked easy, relaxed, and you got all the benefits of being a CNA without all of the work. So I went to nursing school. NOW, I'm in my final semester of a BSN program and have over the course of the program changed my reasons for continuing with my education. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!! I learned that nursing is not always easy and relaxed. You are continually assessing each situation, keeping your mind open and alert for potential situations. You have to try to figure out what is going on before you have a situation. You get to interact with SO many different people each day, developing friendships, learning about new ideas, hearing about far away places. Yes, I realize that I have not gotten away from AM cares, bedpans, and heavy lifting--but I learned that most nurses don't. This does not matter to me anymore, because I am challenged by the other nursing responsibilites that I will have.