I'm trying to decide if I should become a CNA while a pre-nursing and later a nursing student. Right now I'm financially stable without working, so this would be solely for the experience. Is there much overlap between CNA and RN duties? Would I be learning and gaining experience in tasks that will help me later on? Is CNA experience taken into consideration when trying to land that first RN job? My initial plan was to focus completely on school, but here in my first semester of pre-reqs, I find myself with much more time on my hands than I anticipated. I feel like I could be doing more to set myself up for success in the future. I realize that school will get much harder once I get past some of the pre-reqs, but I don't know how much harder. I'm also seeing that many hospitals in my area tend to treat nursing students (with clinical rotation experience) the same as CNA's. I would also hate to find out that school workload will not allow for a job after after spending $800 out of pocket on a CNA course this summer, or even that the CNA course was not needed once I've completed some clinical rotations.Sorry if this comes across as confused and unstructured, as I feel like I don't even know enough to know what questions to ask. What do you advise. What questions can I answer for you to help you to give me advice?As an afterthought, I think it is worth mentioning that the program I am pursuing awards an ADN, allowing me to take the NCLEX, then continues on for two more years, awarding a BSN.