This is my very first post to this site and I'm hoping to get some sound advice.
I've recently decided that I want to become a nurse so I'm starting everything from scratch with no health background or medical experience. I earned a BA in Communications in 2005 and couldn't find a position in my field. Now, 4 years later, I am unhappy in my current job as an Administrative Assistant (not in my field of study). I will start prereqs this summer in hopes to join an acceleated program in the NY area. I have no background in the medical field (no med schooling/classes, no volunteer work, nothing!) and I'm considering taking a CNA course. I want the certification and I'll do the clinical hours that the school requires but it isn't likely that I'll quit my current job to seek a CNA position full time. However, I'll consider a part time CNA job if I can work it into my schedule somehow.
Will the CNA certification help boost my future nursing school application if I don't work as a CNA?? By the way, none of the schools I'm considering make CNA a requirement. I would mainly be doing it for the knowledge and the experience.
Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.