How to become a RN from CNA

by Maria Pavel on April 18, 2011


If you are looking for a rewarding career in the medical field without having to go for years to a medical college to become a doctor, then you might want to consider getting into the nursing field. One of the first steps that most people take is to become a CNA.

This gives you the ability to learn the roles that you can look forward to from the ground up. You will also find that a lot of nursing facilities will pay for you to become a CNA as long as you work for them after you are certified.

How to become a RN from CNA

How to become a RN from CNA

These same facilities will work with you to become a RN as well, and will help you out with tuition fees. This is a good aspect for people that may not have the money to get into the nursing field. You will also find that starting out as a CNA will give you valuable knowledge that will make being an RN even easier. CNA’s always start out doing the “grunt work” in the nursing field, and being able to understand what that is like will make you a better RN in the long run.

In order to become an RN, you will need to register with an accredited nursing college. These classes will require a certain amount of classroom study along with a certain amount of clinical study. Becoming an RN takes a bit more time than becoming a CNA. But having that CNA license will go a long way to making your transition to an RN much easier. When you are a CNA, you are already watching what the RNs are doing every day and you will have that knowledge when you go in for your classes.

Some people will tell you that it is better to forget about the CNA license and go straight to the RN aspect. While some people will find this an advantageous career move, the reality is that you will be losing out in the long run. Sure, it may take you longer to get your RN license if you become a CNA first, but you will get much more knowledge while working with the patients and that is what makes a great nurse. But ultimately the choice is yours and yours alone, and no one can tell you anything different.

If you are unsure about a nursing career, then having your CNA first will let you know fairly quickly whether or not this choice is something that you can live with.

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