I chose to be a CNA during nursing school because
1. To get into the nursing program I wanted, I needed a minimum of 6 months of healthcare related experience so I needed something FAST and the CNA program was only 22 business days long.
2. The program was dirt cheap at $200
3. Everyone in my group got hired at the first facility they applied in. If you don’t like where you work, you have PLENTY of options.
Overall it was the best decision I ever made. It is HARD and humbling work but it was the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.
When you are an RN, you will still have to do all the “dirty work”, change diapers, clean poop, lift heavy pt’s, transfers, EVERYTHING a CNA does as hospitals are drastically cutting down on CNA’s and some units don’t have any. There is an entire set of labs in nursing school dedicated to ADL’s. And trust me, poop...poop smells good and is a lot less gross than some of the other things you will have to deal with as a nurse.
If you cannot handle “dirty”, if you cannot handle a little heavy lifting, if you cannot handle demanding and difficult patients, if you do not know how to prioritize, if you do not develop time management skills, you are going to have a really hard as a nurse.