medical assistant to be future nurse? - page 2

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I just started working as a medical assistant in an ambulatory setting. I want to work in health care because I like taking care of people. Sometimes I feel that I'll like being a nurse more because your taking care of actual... Read More


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    it's obvious (as you seem to know) that the jobs are different, but i think being an assistant of some kind is the best first experience you CAN get. i have a BS in another field and will be starting a BSN RN program in the summer. i have no experience in the medical field. soo...i did what seemed logical to me and signed up for a CNA course. is it going to prepare me to be a nurse? maybe not - but i'll be seeing/hearing/smelling things i definitely wouldn't get to see/hear/smell at home. i mean, you don't want to spend 4 years in nursing school only to find out that the sight of blood or the smell of a BM makes you vomit. there are things you just CAN'T experience unless you actually get your butt inside of a hospital or LTC facility and experience it in SOME capacity.
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    Yes, being a CNA is worth investigate before devoting your energy to become a nurse. Because i heard that body fluids and discharge are also among daily encounters of nurses too. Of course CNAs do most of the dirty jobs but whenever there isn't a CNA around, nurses would have to get involved too, isnt it?
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    Quote from backatit2
    it's obvious (as you seem to know) that the jobs are different, but i think being an assistant of some kind is the best first experience you CAN get. i have a BS in another field and will be starting a BSN RN program in the summer. i have no experience in the medical field. soo...i did what seemed logical to me and signed up for a CNA course. is it going to prepare me to be a nurse? maybe not - but i'll be seeing/hearing/smelling things i definitely wouldn't get to see/hear/smell at home. i mean, you don't want to spend 4 years in nursing school only to find out that the sight of blood or the smell of a BM makes you vomit. there are things you just CAN'T experience unless you actually get your butt inside of a hospital or LTC facility and experience it in SOME capacity.

    Ashley that is great you had the chance to work as a MA. In 1990 I graduated with a diploma as an MA and never found a job. It was discouraging. Also I've been a Nursing assistant. Yes, this is hard work. Bathing, feeding, changing linen, reporting changes in patience that nurses never follow up on. Totally agree!


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