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Why Training As a CNA Is a Good First Step to Becoming an RN

In many cases, CNA training is a starting point for people who want to qualify as a registered nurse (RN) later in life. It’s easy to understand the connection between the certified nursing assistant (CNA) and the RN because the CNA works under the direct supervision of the registered nurse.

Some of the duties of the CNA include cleaning and sanitizing bathrooms and patients’ rooms in hospitals and clinics. Certified nursing assistants also apply slings, dressings and bandages under the supervision of nurses and doctors. Other duties of the CNA include administering enemas, suppositories, douches and massages to patients as directed by the physician or the registered nurse.

Many people outside the medical profession hold the view that the job of the CNA is not exactly glamorous. But the point is that this Para-medic serves as a vital link between the nurse and the patient. In some cases, the CNA also serves as the ears and the eyes of the registered nurse so this is an important job in its own way.

A compelling reason some CNAs aspire to the registered nurse position is that the RN earns an average salary of $62,400 per year while the CNA earns $28,300 per year. But unlike an RN, becoming a CNA enables one to begin earning right away after a relatively brief training period at relatively low cost. The CNA can then begin saving for the much more costly training needed to become an RN.

The fact that being a CNA is a demanding job is also good preparation in a way. Being a registered nurse can be quite challenging but people who have CNA training can easily cope with the challenges of being a registered nurse.

5 Responses so far.

  1. Vernon says:

    Those interested in becoming a nursing aide should be compassionate, patient and have good speaking skills. It’s important for nursing aides to express compassion and empathy for the sick men and women they care for daily, maintain patience in the midst of stressful situations and be able to effectively share their patients’ concerns with doctors and other health care workers. Because nursing homes and hospitals offer around-the-clock care, nursing aides, orderlies and attendants must allot for tremendous flexibility in their schedules.

  2. Edward says:

    Despite predictions of an impending nurse shortage, the current number of working registered nurses has surpassed expectations in part due to the number of baby-boomer RNs delaying retirement. I’m not sure what to make of this statistic, especially as it concerns new RN or nursing assistant students. What it does show is that those who have gotten their degree enjoy their jobs for many years. That is a good indicator that this is a fulfilling career choice.

  3. Andrew says:

    I hate to admit it as much as the next guy, but summer is out and September is in full swing. And you know what that means for a lot of us – back to school. If you’re like me though, you’re not going “back to school in the traditional sense. Which leads us to wonder, what’s next on our educational paths? For many folks with caregiver jobs, the answer is CNA school! Lots of excellent Certified Nursing Assistant caregiver training programs startup in the fall and run anywhere from 4-8 weeks.

  4. Aaron says:

    I never wanted to be a nurse until I was having to stay in the hospital with my father -in-law and realized just how much is dependent upon them. I want to help people and this is the job to get to do that. Thank you for showing us that to get that career it is best to start with an assistant position first and explaining how to go about it in the post.

  5. James says:

    Edward it does show that people are working longer because they enjoy what they do but it also shows that people are working longer and not retiring because they can’t afford to. There are so many people out there living from pay check to pay check that never was able to save up for retirement that they simply can’t until they are forced to.

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