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what advice can you give to someone who is considering to be a nursing assistant?

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Brian’s Answer

Hi Aylin!

At the end of the day, the most important thing is our health & wellness so any job related to that will always be an important and perhaps rewarding one.

Two pieces of advice I would have for you or anyone considering a job in Nursing would be:

  • Learn about the differences between the 3 main types of Nurses: Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurse, Registered Nurse, and Nurse Practitioner.
  • Consider Volunteering at a nearby Hospital to get exposure to Nursing and talk to people who do this kind of work for their experiences and advice.

Brian recommends the following next steps:

Read about License Practical and Licensed Vocational Nursing: https://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurse
Read about being a Registered Nurse: https://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/registered-nurse
Read about being a Nurse Practitioner: https://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/nurse-practitioner
Look into Volunteering at Long Beach Medical Center: https://www.memorialcare.org/ways-to-give/volunteer/long-beach-medical-center
Look into Volunteering at Miller Children's & Women's hospital in Long Beach: https://www.millerchildrenshospitallb.org/giving/volunteer

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Kylie’s Answer

Hi! I am looking to be a RN and I would advise you to look into each job you can have in nursing, all the way to the very top levels. Look at what each job has to do every day, and decide based off of what you are going to enjoy the most! You want a job you are going to love so it wont feel like a job. If you really want to be a CNA, I say do it! But always know that you can have that degree, then continue to work at becoming an RN or a nurse practitioner, while working and making money being a CNA!