There is a good amount of confusion among potential students who are trying to decide between CNA training classes and RN or other types of nursing training. Since we are asked so many questions here, we thought we’d compile a bullet point list that would provide you with some facts that you may not be aware of. These are the most commonly misunderstood points when it comes to choosing between CNA training classes and other nursing classes. Read through them and find out how many you were unaware of. By taking all the information into consideration, you’ll be more equipped to properly choose the type of training that is right for you. Is it CNA training or traditional nursing classes. Let’s find out:
CNA Training Vs. RN or Other Nursing Classes
- CNA training classes can be a quick and easy way to enter the medical field. Don’t be misled though. CNA training is not the first step to becoming an LPN or an RN. In fact, your CNA training has absolutely nothing to do with RN classes and will not be used as any type of credit toward earning credentials as an RN or LPN. This is often an area of confusion.
- After CNA training your duties will be unlike that of an RN or LPN. CNA training graduates become the primary caregivers in the lives of their patients. This means their duties are much more intimate than that of an RN or LPN. A CNA training graduate will be expected to bathe, dress, feed, help with personal grooming, toileting, and also with cleaning duties.
- CNA training graduates pay is lower than an LPN or RN. Although you may be able to achieve a better rate of pay (even close to what an LPN earns) by looking into a career as a home health aide, the payscale for CNA training graduates is generally quite a bit lower than RNs or LPNs. Starting pay for CNAs can be anywhere from $8 – $16 per hour while RNs may enjoy hefty sign on bonuses (up to $5,000) and earn anywhere from $18-$30 per hour, depending on the type of shift, the geographical location, and the medical facility.
- CNA training takes less time to complete than RN or LPN nursing classes. This can be a huge benefit to those who are interested in entering the field immediately.
- CNA training is an easy way to assess whether a medical career is right for you. This is a benefit we hear over and over again. Realistically, you can find yourself working in a hospital or other large medical facility within 8 weeks from the time you first enroll in your CNA training. This is a quick road to the field of medicine and if you do choose to work in a hospital, you’ll be able to observe not only RNs at work, but also other medical possibilities as well. Maybe you’ll find that a career as an x-ray technician or physical therapist would be right for you. Becoming a CNA first can quickly put you in an environment where you are surrounded with career potentials. Use this time wisely. Make connections, ask questions, and find out the details of other possible career paths. CNA training can be a great stepping stone to your next career.
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