What is a Certified Nursing Assistant

If you’re a certified nursing assistant, you probably got into this field because you want to help people. Most of us did! It’s one of the great perks of becoming a CNA. Like with any job, there are definitely pros and cons. But hopefully, for most of us, there are a lot more pros. So I wanted to take a minute and share some of the things I love most about being a CNA.

You can become one quick!

If you want to become a registered nurse (RN), you’re going to have a lot of school ahead of you. You typically need to at least get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), and for some nursing positions, you need a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). And you definitely  need an MSN if you ever want to teach or move into management.

You only need a fraction of the schooling to become a CNA. In most states, you just need a postsecondary certificate, which can be completed in as little as a few months. So, if you graduate high school at 18, you can potentially join the CNA ranks before turning 19! That’s awesome! That means you have much more time to earn money, gain experience and save for retirement than those who want to become nurses.

It keeps you on your toes.

Being a CNA means your constantly moving. You’re always running around, helping patients move or complete other daily tasks. You’re answering questions and recording information on charts. You’re talking to doctors and giving recommendations. It’s usually pretty fast-paced, but to a lot of us, that also makes the job really fun.

The money!

I know, I know… our profession doesn’t exactly have the reputation of making people rich. But hear me out. Remember earlier when I mentioned that you only need a certificate to become a CNA instead of a BSN or MSN?

Well, in addition to taking much less time to complete, it also costs much, much less money. Many of my friends have thousands of dollars in student loan debt. Some of my friends, especially the ones who’ve gone to graduate school have over $100,000 in debt. That’s so much money!

If you become a CNA, you’ll be paying substantially less money for school. So, even though your salary might be lower, you also won’t have to pay back gigantic mountains of debt. So, that benefits you in a couple of ways. First, you’ll be able to save money right off the bat instead of using all of your disposable income to pay back loans. Secondly, you’ll also be able to start saving sooner, much sooner, which means you can potentially retire much sooner.

The people are amazing.

Yeah yea… I know. It’s cliche, but the people are by far the best part of this job. Not only do you get to work with a lot of smart people who share your interests, but you also get to meet all kinds of different patients. And most people have amazing stories to tell. The people are and always will be one of the best things about working in health care.

That’s it for me!

What’s on your list?

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