I was a CNA fin the mid-90's prior to becoming a nurse. It is a very physically demanding job in many cases, many nursing homes used to be so desperate for CNA's they would pay and train for certifications. However as the job market has become more difficult, I think it does help to already be certified.
Do you like caring for people? Are you very patient? Do you have a strong stomach to odors and a very strong healthy back and are physically fit? The pay can vary, and depending on where you are at, you get raises, could help supervise a little team. Move from long-term care to acute care, usually is a bump in pay as well. But over-all to significantly advance most CNA's go back to school to become nurses.
Good luck with the job search.
Average pay of a CNA is $10-14 and is very physically demanding. LPN's are rarely used anymore.
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