Good luck on getting accepted into RN school, and great job becoming an AIN/CNA! That will certainly help you in the long run. I worked as a CNA prior to becoming a nurse also. It helped me decide if I liked working in the health field in general, and it also helps with communication skills, prioritization skills, etc.
- being a nurse automatically makes you an awesome person (i am biased..)
- You have the ability to change people’s life in your career by providing them care
- You are a great support system for patients and their families
- You can show your caring and compassionate personality
- You can work alongside some amazing people who care about others just like you do
- You have the ability to advance in your career
- You have the choice to do many different paths - pediatrics, maternity, adults, elderly. You can work in a doctor’s office, hospital, community center. You can be a nurse educator, manager, home health nurse. There are so many different choices that you don’t have to stay in one place in nursing.
- Because of all the love and support you pass on to your patients, you can get burned out easily
- While there are many patients who will love and appreciate your efforts, there will be patients that you cannot make happy and will never appreciate your work. Those will be the patients that emotionally drain you, because those are the ones you usually try even harder for.
- Crazy work hours. You may have to rotate shifts, work weekends, holidays, long shifts.
Nursing is a beautiful career and you have to want to take the good with the bad. I won’t be able to tell you all the pros and cons. Decide on some of them yourself as you work at an AIN. You’ll be able to observe it in person and for yourself. Good luck in your future! (: