Greetings! I am new to this site and want to introduce myself. I am a 30 year old mother of two, step mom of three. My oldest son has BiPolar Disorder and I have been absorbed in his care for the last 12 years. It finally became too difficult to manage his treatment at home so he is now in a residential facility. I am an active advocate in my area for children's mental health issues. I have also been a respite worker and a parent liason. I have basically been caring for others my whole life. I cared for my ailing father during his last years, my uncle, my mother. Nursing seemed like the most natural next step for me. With my son now in full time care, it has allowed me the time and concentration I need to finally return to school to become a nurse. My own step mother is a professor of nursing at a local college and I have been surrounded by it my entire youth. I have the utmost respect for the profession and cannot wait to get into it myself. I'm doing this in baby steps and was wondering what to expect. I'm currently enrolled in our CNA program and will have my certification by the end of summer. From there, I hope to obtain work with this certification and begin to knock out pre-req's for the nursing program (after I complete Phlebotomy and EKG for CNA). If all stays on track, I should be eligible by fall of 2005. I have read some of the posts regarding CNA's and their "proper place". Again, I do understand the pecking order but wonder if my enthusiasm will be misconstrued. Any tips out there? Thanks all!