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If I become a certified nursing assistant, will I have the opportunity to advance in my career, or will I have to go back to school?


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Nija’s Answer

Hi Ryan,

It is great that you are thinking about your career endeavors. If you are planning to advance your career in nursing, you must pursue either an Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Nursing and take the licensing exam in your state. Being a CNA is a great start to begin your nursing career because you have the opportunity to shadow nurses; learn from them and to explore the day to day responsibilities of a nurse. If you are definitely planning to further your career, you can attend nursing school while you're working as a CNA. Then it will be easier for you to transition to a higher position at your job once you complete your nursing degree and obtain the nursing license. Continue to work hard as a CNA and you can show your job that you have the potential to be an excellent employee. Whenever you become a CNA, create learning opportunities for yourself. Be open-minded to feedback and ask a lot of questions.

Nija recommends the following next steps:

Think about the steps to further your nursing career.
Create a vision board on where you see yourself in your career.
Ask a lot of questions and shadow nurses.
Consider volunteer/internship opportunities at any medical facility.
Consultant with a career counselor and an academic advisor.

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Amy’s Answer

Congratulations on making your career choices. Working as a CNA is going to give you great experiences and increase your skills. You can choose to remain as a CNA, and change your area of expertise throughout your career, or you can pursue higher education, and become a LPN or RN. Working in the Health Care field, is very rewarding, but hard work. Knowing you are helping others to move towards a healthier state, or maintain their current level, gives great personal satisfaction. Good luck as you work towards your career goals!

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Amy’s Answer

Congratulations on making your career choices. Working as a CNA is going to give you great experiences and increase your skills. You can choose to remain as a CNA, and change your area of expertise throughout your career, or you can pursue higher education, and become a LPN or RN. Working in the Health Care field, is very rewarding, but hard work. Knowing you are helping others to move towards a healthier state, or maintain their current level, gives great personal satisfaction. Good luck as you work towards your career goals!

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