If you are interested in becoming a registered nurse, but aren’t too sure of what the process is like, becoming a CNA can be a great way to get started. A CNA is short for a certified nursing assistant, whose responsibilities are similar to that of a registered nurse (although RNs are able to perform more tasks). A certified nursing assistant focuses on indirect care and performing routine tasks under the supervision of a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse. Although the jobs of a CNA and RN have their differences as well, we would like to focus on the benefits of becoming a CNA first.

CNA to RN Programs

If you didn’t know yet, there are CNA to RN programs offered by many schools that takes your credits earned while becoming a CNA and applies it toward your continuing education as a RN. So effectively, you’ll be able to earn the qualifications needed to work as a CNA while also taking the same amount of time to become a RN. It’s like killing two birds with one stone! But how is being able to work as a CNA useful if I want to be a RN, you might ask? We’ll explain.

Earn Money While Completing School

School for becoming a nurse isn’t free, so a great way to make money while you’re attending school is to work part-time as a CNA. You’ll be able to pay for your education as well as have some extra income on the side for personal expenses. If you’re already thinking of working part-time while becoming a RN, why not work in a field that is closely related to the job of registered nurses? And the good thing is, most CNA programs can be completed within 6 months (you can even complete a good chunk of it online), and remember, those credits you earn can go towards your education as a RN.

Gain Valuable Nursing Experience

Think about it. You’re applying for a job as a registered nurse at a local hospital, and your interviewer takes a look at your resume. If you’ve had past experience as a CNA, chances are you’re more likely to land the job. Just like with any other job opportunity, most employers prefer those with previous experience in the field, as it will make it easier to get you started as soon as possible. So think of becoming a CNA as an internship, only, you’ll be able to earn money as well!

Understanding the Workplace Better

As a CNA, you will be able to familiarize yourself with the roles of different types of nurses. Remember, most of a registered nurse’s duties revolves around delegating tasks to other nurses (CNAs and LPNs), so it’s good to know what different nurses are allowed to do. Once you become a RN yourself, you’ll better understand how the workplace runs and as a result, you’ll be able to manage it more efficiently.