Hi all! I just got accepted to take the CNA training for Fall 2016. A little background: I already have a Bachelor's degree in Communications and a Master's degree in Social Work. Couldn't find a job to save my life! After numerous rejections in the years since graduation (yes YEARS), on the second rejection from the place I dreamed of working (and had interned/volunteered at!), I decided to stop looking for the dream jobs and find something more practical and in demand, yet also one that technically was still a "helping" profession. Enter Nursing. My grandma, a lifelong surgical nurse, told me when I was like 11 that I should become one. Funny...Anyway, as I have student loans that I'm paying off from all the degrees that didn't get me anywhere, I want to streamline my education and as such am doing the CNA to begin. Since most of you here are experienced and have a passion for the profession, I want to know if you'd recommend working as a CNA while pursuing my RN, or BSN or what? Some have said I should try to become a nurse practitioner for the money, but I'm not sold just yet. I have an aunt who is a nurse and got to do all sorts of cool work attending to survivors of hurricanes in Florida, and I admired the work done by nurses during a semester abroad in Africa when I was placed at a community healthcare center. Off the record, I got to help with vitals and count pills for patients on dirt floors in the slums of Uganda, and was amazed and humbled by how tenacious these nurses were. Their skill and compassion rendered me speechless. So that's it--not necessarily the profession I first chose, but am choosing now. Not sure what path to follow. Will I find it in the CNA program or work afterwards? What helped you find your way?