I am a pediatric nurse and worked as a PCT (Patient Care Technician) aka CNA while I was completing another degree before nursing school. I would recommend trying to get your CNA license so that you are able to work in a pediatric setting and gain experience. In the meantime, volunteer work can also help you in the meantime. Are you able to relocate to another state to complete nursing school? If that is not an option, a medical assitant program can be beneficial. However, these programs can take a few months. Have you thought about an LPN program instead? Keep us posted!