Why I Chose To Be A CNA Before Becoming A Nurse

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*Disclaimer*: Everything stated in this post is all my opinion and my experiences. It is important to do your own research when deciding on your career path.

In health care, there are so many different avenues to go about when becoming a nurse. Whether you go straight from high school to get your bachelor’s of science in nursing or take a less direct route. There is no right or wrong way to becoming a nurse; this is just my experience on why I wanted to be a CNA first.

CNA stands for certified nurse assistant and you work primarily in long term care facilities with the elderly population. The work is both physically and mentally exhausting which is why the job is definitely not for everyone. I have compiled a list below on the 3 reasons why I chose to become a CNA first.

1. It allows you to understand how hard-working CNA’s are and provides inside into their scope of practice.

This is a HUGE one because sometime’s it can be hard to truly understand what it is like to be a CNA unless you have actually done the job. There have been times where I have seen nurses have 0 respect for CNA’s and it makes me wonder if this has anything to do with it. On the other hand, there are also nurses who are wonderful to work and have mutual respect for everyone around them.

2. It teaches you bedside manner before entering nursing school.

Bedside manner is basically the way you speak and treat your patients during a given shift. It is important for every nurse to have good bedside manner as it truly improves your patient’s time in a hospital. As a nurse, you will be remembered by either providing your patient with a positive or negative experience.

3. It gives you the insight to if the health care field is for you.

The last thing anyone wants is to attend 4 years of schooling and spend thousands of dollars just to find out that health care isn’t for you. Becoming a CNA only takes 6 months (in Canada at least) and it allows you to see all the ins and outs of a hospital and/or a long term care facility before making a massive commitment.

Anyways, those are the 3 reasons why I became a CNA before entering nursing school. I hope you enjoyed it and I’ll see you next time!

XO- Michaela Rose

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