1. Hi everyone. I have a question about what I should do. Okay, my original plan was to first to get my LPN, then my sis in law told me I should get my CMA first. What is the difference in CMA?CNA, and should I do that? My goal is to eventually get my RN. My husband is'nt very supportive but I want to do this so bad. And it just makes me want to do it that much more. I've been married 17 yrs, have 3 kids, ages 16, 12, and 8. Am I starting too late? I have so many questions and I know what I want, just not sure where to start. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
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  3. by   ktwlpn
    you are NEVER to old to learn and to change.. If CMA equals certified nursing assistant then I do agree with your sister in law.You'll develop basic care skills which will help you during your clinicals.You'll be comfortable delivering direct care and be able to concentrate on learning.Plus most nursing homes and hospitals offer student assistance to employees and working as a cna will help you decide for sure if nursing is for you....Good luck
  4. by   Tweety
    Good luck to you.

    CMA's could mean certified medical assistance, and certified medication aides.

    What you perhaps should do is become a Certified Nursing Assistant, which is a CNA. This would be most useful in learning hands-on nursing and help you most.