Considering being a CNA or Nurse - would like advice


I’m in my early 20’s and I’m still unsure about what to do as a career, though I know the healthcare field is always in demand of nurses and CNAs. I haven’t enrolled in a nursing school yet since I’m still a bit lost in what I’d really like to do. I’m the type of person who can be a bit of a perfectionist, I’m very kind and caring towards other people. My mom was a nurse and she’s wanting me to be one too. I’m leaning more on becoming a CNA though, since I’d like to start off with something of a entry level position. Any advice for me? Any pros and cons of being a nurse vs CNA? What is a typical day like for a nurse, for a CNA? Any advice and direction is very greatly appreciated :hearts:


If you’re not sure what you want to do for a career, I would become a CNA or similar position first so you can see the flow of the day of the nurses. Nursing is not a field you can go into because somebody else wants you to, because you’ll make good money, job security, etc. You have to have a passion for it or you’ll get burnt out and hate it. Nursing school also isn’t easy and cost money, so it’s something you want to make sure you really want! I love being a nurse but it definitely isn’t for everyone. Maybe see if you could see if you can shadow somebody? There’s a lot of different fields of nursing, too. A typical day for a nurse or CNA varies drastically between in patient floors, ICU, ED, outpatient, clinics, rehab, etc.

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