CNA then on to RN...Good Idea? - page 2

I want to go into nursing. But inorder to get into the 2-year programs I need to A & P, and microbiology first. Those are classes I don't want to attempt in summer school. I can however get my CNA... Read More

  1. by   DusktilDawn
    Nurses who have "WORKED" as CNA's tend to be better nurses. THose who have not tend to think they know everything and a CNA is beneath them.
    This is the only statement I disagree with on this thread. I have three CNAs on my unit going back to school to become RNs and I don't see them being any better as RNs than they currently are as a CNAs, in fact I'll wager they will treat CNAs like crap if they ever become RNs. It boils down to personal work ethic, initiative, and professionalism. Working as a CNA will give you experience dealing with patients in a health care setting. It can certainly be a benefit.
  2. by   SarahtheRN
    I was a CNA for 4 years before attempting nursing school. It was the best decision I could have made. I graduated in August this year. I learned alot because I worked it the field and I was not "lost" my first day of clinical. It also taught me to respect the CNA and not to be a "lazy" nurse. I am capable of taking a pt to the bathroom and answering a call light. Unlike many other nurses I worked with when I was a CNA. I think it would be an excellent decision. GOOD LUCK! If I can make it through the pre-req's and nusring school I think anyone can