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Pursue A CNA Career

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.

41 Responses so far.

  1. Avery Duncan says:

    This is a good career choice. It doesn’t take long to learn the job and be able to start in your field. That’s good for people who don’t want to take out a lot of student loans.

    • Raj says:

      Yeah, student loans are an absolute bitch. This way, you learn something new and you have a new skill to combat a dire financial situation with. Or, hell, just a new skill that will always come in handy should you choose to continue in this path.

  2. CJ Stark says:

    I think this is good if you like working with people. It sounds like you spend a lot of time with patients.

  3. S Raj says:

    This sounds like a pretty good way to make some money while also studying to be an RN. Good for people that like taking good care of folks and have the skill for that sort of thing. Plus, the more qualifications you have, the better equipped you are…something I’m learning the hard way.

  4. Yuen Ling Elaine Au Yeung says:

    “A registered nurse who has completed the requisite training and gained experience as a CNA will be especially competitive in the job market. ” I agreed so. What I think that, when you choose a qualified career, the proper training and education is necessary for pursuing your professional.

  5. Glad says:

    I do agree having the CNA job experience can be a plus, but it is a very tedious and demanding career. Even though it pays well, I would advise you do not plan to make it permanent, get all the experience as quickly as possible and become an RN.

  6. MCJP says:

    Being a CNA would definitely give one a competitive edge. However, I think it’s a bit impractical given the time and cost. You’d still end up in health care either way so in my opinion, I’d rather go straight ahead getting license as an RN.

  7. Kelly Linden says:

    This makes sense to try out a medical career. If you want to advance you can always take more training but a medical career isn’t for everyone.

  8. RJ Larkin says:

    I never thought about a medical career. It makes sense if there are going to be so many jobs in this field and you can advance. It would be nice not to worry about job security.

  9. Isabel says:

    Becoming a CNA is a good alternative for those who do not want to study that long or spend loads of money on tuition fees. The best part is CNAs are in demand and the job outlook for the next decade is promising.

  10. Pointdexter says:

    I would recommend studying a CNA program. After completion of the certificate, work for 2-3 years, and from there, proceed to a full nursing program or even medicine.

  11. Kim says:

    Choosing a profession is always not easy decision to make. Medical jobs might be hard but also one of the most rewarding profession could one asks.

  12. Jobelle says:

    I agree that becoming a CNA is the best option if you want to become an RN in the future. If at some point, you decide not to pursue your dream of becoming an RN, then a CNA is still an excellent profession that is very rewarding. It’s almost the same job I believe, but I think a CNA has more direct contact with the patient.

  13. Maricar says:

    Having worked at a nursing facility, I can say that taking care of other people takes a lot of skill as well as compassion. I’ve considered becoming a nurse, but it’s very expensive. Now I’m considering CNA because of its hands-on approach to nursing and an option to pursue RN in the future.

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