I would have to agree with Big5-oh. I couldnt agree anymore. You have good and bad residents. Yes some nurses look down on the CNA's. You have nurses who think they are better than you and are cliches with other nurses. Also you have nurses who are encouraging to you in supporting your hopes of becoming a nurse. The pay for being a CNA at times sucks. Especially, when you have no experience or less than a year of experience. Tell me about it I just took a job with a big paycut, ugh. But truely the importance of me being a CNA isnt for the pay. Its for the valuable information I learn that will be vital to me being a nurse. Also depending on shift and a new grad you honnestly could be making more in a wharehouse and possibly it being less physical. At times, I wish I would of went to school to become a Medical Assistant to support my hopes of being a nurse. Even though its hard to go to nursing school with hours of working in a clinic. And yes you get attached to residents. Sometimes you may even have to go to the restroom and wipe away tears from a resident passing away. Nursing is a career in which only the strong last. Its hard emotionally,physically, and at times it can be mentally challenging. I say if you can handle pre-school kids though you can handle the elderly. I never wanted to work in geriatrics. But, I found ways in being able to bond with the residents. And when I left my 1st job as a CNA I actually cried. I got hired to be a flight Attendant but thats another story,lol. Nevertheless, I wish you luck. And dont forget we are all scared at times. But new events never defeat us! And every CNA was scared at first. Day by day you get better!