When I became a CNA I intended to go on to be an LVN. I only worked in one nursing home and I never went on to LVN because from what I saw, 95% of their time was spent charting. I liked spending time with the residents. The charge nurses for whatever shift I was working would be there already when I clocked in charting and when I left would still be charting. As far as I could tell they only had direct contact with the res. when they passed meds or dressings once and a while, then chart chart chart. I kinda formed the opinion that the further up the latter you go the less time with patients/ residents and more paper work. Now I am going back to work form being a stay at home mom for a while, my Husband has a injury and I dono when he'll have income, a CNA income alone might be OK but things would be real tight so I've been thinking of going to school part time while I work to better provide for my family. So my questions are... was this just my excpierince? Are all nursing homes like this? I know as charge nurse paper work would increse but in all places is it that heavy everyday?! and in Hospitals what is the LVN excperince like? Do you have more direct contact? Is there's anyone whoes done both that could tell me the differance? Or any LVNs who miss being a CNA? any advice at all?