I went through a CNA program my senior year of high school, and worked the whole summer and winter after I graduated until I enrolled in LPN school the following spring. I worked as a CNA through LPN school part-time, and I really think it is helping me now as an LPN. Some RN's/LPN's boss around "the techs", or "the aides", and they don't know, and will never know, what its like to be on the bottom of the food chain. I know what its like to have all the unwanted tasks delegated to me, and what it feels like to be talked to like you have no education, brains, etc. The truth of the matter is, if you cut out the tech's or CNA's in a hospital, nursing home, home health agency, etc, etc, the facility can't function. RN's and LPN's won't do the work the tech's do, and the facility wouldn't pay them for it anyways. Anyways, I guess I got a bit off topic, because I am a huge CNA advocate, but the answer to the post question...Yes, I worked as a CNA before I became a nurse.