Ok so I have to comment on this cause I think it will help a lot especially for those that are attempting to go for their Nursing. I have been working in healthcare for a total of 14 years, half being in positions like dietary, unit secretary, scheduler, specialty receptionist, and record keeper. The other half was being a CNA, Phlebotomist, and a QMA (Medication Administrator/Aide). I am currently pursuing my LPN and will stop at my FNP. Although I'm not a full nurse now, being a QMA preps you for that in many ways. The transition is minimal other than responsibilities. I honestly think school would be harder for someone that hasn't worked in healthcare or in the nursing setting. When you're in school you're so worried about passing that test and cramming information trying to retain it. In the actual workplace you're not necessarily studying, but you're implementing what you've learned into the care you provide. Another thing about actually working as a nurse is that there is always someone that you can go to if you're unsure and will have no problem showing you and steering you in the right direction.