The jobs of CNAs (certified nursing assistants
) and RNs (registered nurses
) can be similar in some ways but can be exceptionally distinct in other areas. For one thing, the jobs of CNAs are focused more on patient care while RNs work more independently, dealing more with crafting nursing care plans, assessing patient health problems and needs, and keeping track of the medical histories of patients. These differences between a CNA and a RN are largely what leads to different duties, responsibilities, salary, and training requirements. After all, RNs require formal training that is substantially longer than that of a CNA.
So, which is the better occupation that will best suit you? Well, first of all, you should truly ask yourself whether you are interested in the nursing field or not. You can take our short CNA compatibility quiz to get a general idea of whether you’d do well in the field of nurse assisting. If you are sure that nursing is what you want to do, you can start finding out what the differences between a CNA and a RN are, or whether you’d rather become a LPN. If you’d like to get first hand experience in the nursing field, we highly recommend becoming a CNA first, as you’ll always have the ability to enroll in a CNA to RN or even a CNA to LPN bridge program, which takes your credits earned in a CNA training program and applies them to your continuing education. With this route, you can earn money in practically the same field while you continue to pursue your nursing education. But enough with the consultation, let’s find out what the differences between a CNA and a RN are. Continue Reading →