I'm jumping over to a CNA position next month. I work as an administrative assistant for a hospice program right now and have about a year to go before I enter a nursing program. I will barely make back the money I spent on the class by the time I start, so financially it's it's not going to give me any sort of leg-up. However, here were my reasons:
-CNAs do make more per hour than I do right now where I work, and the overtime is flowing, so I certainly won't be in a terrible position.
-I am not quick to adjust to new things, so it is worth it to me to have this year of experience under my belt. I will get used to touching people, delivering care, and all of the interesting new sights and smells I'm going to encounter!
-It functions as a foot in the door. One of the CNAs here just graduated from nursing school and passed her NCLEX, and all the nurses rallied for her to get a full-time job here and promised to mentor her. I figure that if I do well at this right now, it will pay me back with the recommendations and support. Even if I don't end up working here, the testament to the work I do will be very valuable later on.
However, as others said, if the money is good where you are right now and you can't afford the cut in pay or the time to take the class, those are your circumstances and what you have to work with. You can always work as a nursing student or PCT later in nursing school, which will also be great on your resume. If you really want to get the experience in now, you could always volunteer a couple hours a week at a hospital; I did that for a period of time and loved it!