Another degree helps because you have already taken core courses like history, English, art,etc....
The courses that you would have to take now would be Biology, maybe chemistry, and health courses. If you have never taken psych courses, you would have to do that too but most people with another degree have already taken intro to psych.
As long as your core courses are a C or better they should transfer. If you took bio and chem less than four years ago, and earned 3.0 or better, those would transfer too.
Put it this way, a buddy of mine has a business degree and went back to get his RN. He went full time and took classes during the summer and was out within a year, year 1/2. He found a job right after graduation.
If you want CNA then go ahead an do it, but I think you would be better off getting an RN because the pay is higher and there are more opportunities.
Also, if you want to further your education later, there are bridge programs you can take that will let you go from Associates RN degree to Masters in Nursing.
If you do the CNA route you would have to go back and get your Associate's or Bachelor's in Nursing first before you could go and get your Masters.
In Georgia, the demand for CNA's but the wage is not high. Whereas for RN's the demand and wage is high
Take a look http://www.occsupplydemand.org/HDWS/....aspx?STdws=GA
you can also go here to compare the occupational outlook for CNA's and RN's
I have a degree in psych and I am doing the RN option because it pays off better financially for me (I'm a single parent).
If you are worried about work, I did a search on indeed.com and found that some places will hire someone not as a nurse or an aide but for other positions if they are enrolled in a nursing program.
This may not give you the direct nursing experience you are looking for but it will help you formulate relationships and build your resume. Plus you will have an inside regarding nursing positions coming down the pipeline and will be able to approach your boss and HR that you are graduating soon and are interested in a position.
Here's an example of job I found that is willing to hire a nursing student
The job states 2 years experience in peds preferred but notice, it did not say required. My current boss tells me all the time to apply for positions that have experience preferred even though I may not have that specific experience. He tells me that as long as I have the minimum requirements, I can still land an interview.