CNA jumpstart?

Nursing Students CNA/MA


Well, I talked to someone today whether I should go ahead and start taking cna classes. I really want to work in the pysch field, but I figure cna is just a step to get in the medical field. I have taken cna classes before in a different state. It wasnt terrible, but I need a more stable job and I found a cheap cna program to sign up for. I really dont know if I should take the class or just hold off until I can do my psych thing. The only reason i would do cna is just to a better job (temporaily). Good idea? Bad idea?

It doesn't seem like it would be a bad idea, you should go for it. It's not the best pay but it's decent and stable, I can't complain. I became a CNA in 2008, worked in LTC for a little bit but decided to move on. I now work as a CNA in a psych/mental health facility on nights. I really like this job. But it's up to you to decide. Best of luck to you.

Specializes in hospice.

My current employer hires CNAs to work in their mental health facilities. So it could be a stepping stone on the path you want to take.

That's amazing! Thank yall so much!

I agree, the CNA program can open doors into the mental health field for you. My previous employer always hired CNA's in the mental health field and if that was your interest they would pay for you to return to school as a Psych tech. Good luck to you and keep us posted. I have just completed my CNA and am looking to accomplish further goals :)

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