Quote from Schwabee524
I have to warn you that CNA is not as technical as nursing (RN). A couple the girls that were in my CNA class stated that CNA was an acronym for "cleaning nasty asses" and I couldnt agree more! I would recommend volunteering or shadowing to start out.
My biggest pet peeve as a CNA, is RNs/LPN that cannot handle the sight of vomit/feces/urine. I truly wonder how they survived clinicals. When you are a nurse, you have to take pride in your profession and what it stands for. You cannot pick and choose, i.e. "I don't like to work with old people" or "I want to work in a hospital because it pays more." You will have to work with people of all ages and all nationalities at some point or other. It's wrong to hate on people for being incontinent or incapable of caring themselves. That's what we healthcare workers are here for-- to improve the quality of people's lives.
Anyways, on topic-- I do agree with Schwabee524 that volunteering/shadowing are good places to start. It will help prevent reality shock later on if you do decide to become a CNA or go to nursing school and acclimate you to a healthcare setting.
** Edit: Also, I am not sure what nursing school you are planning to go to, but for the BSN I'm working on at UNM, Statistics is the highest level of math you need to have. If you were good at chemistry, I assume you did alright in dimensional analysis which will be good for Pharmacology courses.