I am a CNA, and have been for about 20 yrs now. I recently got accepted into the LPN program and started in August. I think the best thing that anyone can do is do their CNA's before they even attempt to go into a nursing program.
I agree with Tara04. You will be amazed at the people you will meet in LPN school/RN school who have never stepped foot out in the halls of a healthcare facility, and are scared to death. That is no way to be if you are going to be caring for various people in your career.
Being a CNA, is a challenging but wonderful experience. You will be surprised at what you will learn just from being a CNA. :wink2:
Also, as Tara has put it. With all that is in me, I promise that when I become a nurse, I will not let CNA's be beneath me. I will treat them with the upmost respect, the same way I want to be treated.
I work at a hospital, as a CNA, and I am amazed at the nurses, that used to be CNA's that I worked along side off, who say "I didn't go to nursing school to wipe "it", "give baths" or anything like that, that is the reason I went to nursing school to get out of it". I hate that, and I hate that they say things like that. It is unfair.
CNA's are the BACKBONE of the healthcare care field, although they/we don't get the recognition that we deserve.
You can tell the difference after all the schooling/graduation/licensing of various nurses. You can tell who use to be a CNA, and who has never stepped foot in the door. Previous CNA's make better nurses
, and are not afraid of the challenges they face. There really is a difference between CNA-nurse, then it is to "non-health related-nurses".