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Should I become a CNA OR MA?

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So I am actually a pre-nursing student/major and my goal is to get my ADN and then BSN to become an RN. While I’m going to be waitlisted for around 2 years I figured it would be best to get a license or actual certification and work as one of these for the meantime and even when I’m in nursing school but I want to know which one is “better”?

What are the pros and cons and duties of each? I’ve heard there’s more jobs and flexibility with CNA but it’s just the dirty work and MA can do all the fun stuff like take vitals and give injection. Tell me anything!

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CNA. Yes, it’s the dirty work. It’s also the work you will do as a nurse. It is a quick and inexpensive introduction to nursing. You will be able to network and work with nurse.  Some nursing schools even give preference to CNAs  

The MA program at a local community college is 4 semesters and 51 credits. Just based on that, the decision seems pretty easy. 

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I'm a medical assistant and my program was 6 months. But 6 months straight, Monday-Friday. I also was a CNA and that class was 2 weeks. As a CNA you are going to be doing the grueling dirty work. You learn a lot really fast on the floor and it really helps determine if you can make it as a nurse. As a medical assistant we help coordinated doctors offices, inventory, scheduling issues, rooming intakes, vitals, injections and stuff like that. Pay wise I make twice as much as a MA then I did as an CNA. I don't work weekends, evenings or holiday as I did as an CNA. Also as a CNA you most likely will work in a nursing home, which definitely has its own pros and cons.

 

Overall I think either one will give you a good perspective of the field, and I personally love my job and learn way more now then I did as a CNA

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On 4/24/2019 at 5:13 PM, beekee said:

CNA. Yes, it’s the dirty work. It’s also the work you will do as a nurse. It is a quick and inexpensive introduction to nursing. You will be able to network and work with nurse.  Some nursing schools even give preference to CNAs  

The MA program at a local community college is 4 semesters and 51 credits. Just based on that, the decision seems pretty easy. 

So it’s best to be a CNA for the relevant experience? What type of things do CNAs learn and get to do that’s more valuable than what MAs do?

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22 minutes ago, PediatricMA said:

I'm a medical assistant and my program was 6 months. But 6 months straight, Monday-Friday. I also was a CNA and that class was 2 weeks. As a CNA you are going to be doing the grueling dirty work. You learn a lot really fast on the floor and it really helps determine if you can make it as a nurse. As a medical assistant we help coordinated doctors offices, inventory, scheduling issues, rooming intakes, vitals, injections and stuff like that. Pay wise I make twice as much as a MA then I did as an CNA. I don't work weekends, evenings or holiday as I did as an CNA. Also as a CNA you most likely will work in a nursing home, which definitely has its own pros and cons.

 

Overall I think either one will give you a good perspective of the field, and I personally love my job and learn way more now then I did as a CNA

Thanks for your reply. I’m really doing this to make money and I want to do something that I would like since I plan to keep my certification throughout nursing school. I have nothing against nursing homes or elderly but I would prefer to work in the hospital. What type of things did you do as MA compared to a CNA?

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11 minutes ago, heavwhit said:

Thanks for your reply. I’m really doing this to make money and I want to do something that I would like since I plan to keep my certification throughout nursing school. I have nothing against nursing homes or elderly but I would prefer to work in the hospital. What type of things did you do as MA compared to a CNA?

Sometimes you can work as a CNA in a hospital, but thats usually when you already have experience. Those shifts tend to be more flexible too, three 12s instead of the normal doctor office hours.

Daily tasks as a MA:

  • Assess my doctor's schedule every morning/ the evening before and make sure I have all of the paperwork and tests ordered and scheduled properly ahead of time
  • Take a summary on why they are seeing the doctor
  • Take necessary vitals
  • Review medications and allergies
  • Make sure all of my rooms are cleaned and stocked
  • I run UAs if needed
  • Keep inventory 
  • Some MAs draw blood (we have a lab in our office so I don't need to)
  • Assist with procedures

Now all doctors offices are different but this is what i do at mine. I also go lucky with my schooling, I don't know if there are any programs like that around you. 

Daily tasks as a CNA:

  • Review what hall you are assigned to for your shift
  • Review what residents needs bathed for that shift
  • Assist residents with toileting
  • Laundry for your hall that day
  • Transition residents to and from their bed/ wheelchair/ chairs
  • Rotate residents periodically to prevent bed sore
  • Help residents with meals
  • Help other coworkers with their residents because a lot of people are a two person lift
  • Pass food trays

This will be different depending on where you go. I only have nursing home experience so I can't speak on the hospital side. I loved most of my residents and I made me very tough working as a CNA, but I would never do it again. Absolutely horrible management, crap pay, rude coworkers that don't even show up half of the time. And honestly I would get the *** beat out of me on a regular basis as a CNA. The worst was my 2nd day at a new nursing home where me and two other girls were trying to change a man and he kicked me in the throat. Yeah no thanks.

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