In the health care industry, a career as a Registered Nurse (RN) is considered to be a highly paid and reputable one. It’s advisable to pursue a CNA career before becoming an RN, although it’s possible to become an RN directly.
A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is a professional position in the health care sector and these persons have the particular responsibility of providing assistance for clients or patients who are under the supervision of an RN or LPN, and require personalized care.
It may be considered by many that the simpler route would be to become an RN directly, as this is the top level. Although it’s easier and takes less time, the opportunity to develop a good career as an RN would be missed. Some of the reasons why commencing a CNA career would be better than becoming an RN or LPN are discussed below.
Knowledge and deeper understanding
Close interaction with your patients is essential to the provision of excellent service. The opportunity to give more care and attention to your patients would be created, if you started out as a CNA.
It’s possible to develop a personalized relationship with your patients, by attending to their needs, which includes bathing, dressing and feeding them. There are very few RNs and LPNs, who possess these skills.
It’s very rewarding
CNA is a complete career, which allows for decent remuneration and the ability to afford your degree in Registered Nursing. The increase in the size of the elderly population that requires specialized care has resulted in the demand for CNAs. The level of job satisfaction in this profession is quite high and very rewarding.
Head-start in RN training
During the training period to be a CNA, you will gain knowledge of the techniques used in the care of the patients and how to perform them. You will be able to read charts accurately, take vital signs and enter the information in the charts after careful review. Proficiency in changing wound dressings, as well as basic tasks including the use of a catheter and IV insertions, will be some of the duties for which you will be well equipped. These advantages are not available to persons who enter directly into RN programs.
High levels of competitiveness
A registered nurse who has completed the requisite training and gained experience as a CNA will be especially competitive in the job market. You will be given priority for consideration, and your salaries will be higher than those who have received training from the RN level.