None of the facilities I have applied to have mentioned getting pay benefits for my experience as a CNA, but I feel it is great experience to have for nursing. You are most likely going to be a delegater to CNAs in your career, and I think it is very helpful to know what CNA duties include and how tough it is to be a CNA before you go about telling them what to do. I've worked as a CNA for about a year and a half now and I love it, and it just provided me with more assurance that this profession was for me. Also, if you've never worked in a health care field, its a good starting point for some experience before you start nursing classes or clinicals.
I also feel being a CNA puts you in a position to be a great resource to your classmates. I have classmates who felt completely at ease at clinicals starting IVs alone, hanging meds alone, starting foleys alone...but were scared to death to give a bed bath or help transfer from bed to chair because they had never done it before and they wanted someone with them that first time they did it.
Oh yea...acute care...this is short term treatment usually at a hospital (many times youll hear of them referred to as acute care facility)...it pretty much means they are gonna get you in, treat you, and get you out in the shortest time frame possible.