Why Should You Become a CNA?

There are so many good reasons to become a CNA that it’s almost easier to ask why shouldn’t someone become one. The answer to that question is easy: if you don’t want to help people and you don’t care about job security, the CNA life isn’t for you. But let’s look at some of the many good ways we can answer the questions, “Why should you become a CNA?”


  • You care about people. None of the other reasons will mean much if you don’t truly want to help people. A nurse’s assistant works with people in nursing homes, rehab centers, and hospitals—obviously suffering, or at least weakened, in some manner. They need help from people who will respect them and treat them with gentleness and dignity, even in some of the most undignified moments.



  • You prefer to spend your time with people who also care about people. At any given time there will be other CNA’s, med techs, LPN’s, nurses, therapists, nutritionists, counselors, social workers, orderlies, janitors, cooks, and doctors on duty. They are all there because they’d rather work at a job that helps people than at any other kind of job. Life is a little better when you can trust in the caring attitude of the people around you.



  • Some sectors of the economy are shrinking…but not healthcare. People are getting laid off right and left these days…but none of them are CNA’s. Not only can CNA’s always find work, but there is actually a shortage of workers to do this job, so your skills would be in high demand. This job comes with long-term security.



  • The pay’s not bad. There’s a pretty wide range of pay for CNA’s, ranging from $19,000 per year to $45,000 per year, and from $9 to $15 as a starting wage. Some of those figures depend on where you live, how long you’ve done your job, and how many hours you work. It won’t make you rich, but it will pay the bills.



  • Your training won’t take you years and years. CNA training usually takes between 6 and 12 weeks, sometimes less, and some of that can be done online. When you finish, you are licensed by your state and ready to start work.



  • Training is often free. Yes, free. Not every program, but many programs are offered for no cost to the student. A little research can help you tap into these programs. No student loans to pay back for years after.



  • The ladder only goes up from here. You don’t have to remain a CNA forever. You can move up to med tech, LPN, RN, even doctor, if you want to. In many cases, the institution where you work will pay for you to have further training so that they can have the experienced staff and low turnover they need.



  • You will make a difference in people’s lives. People who are sick or recovering often don’t know which visitor to their room is the CNA, LPN, or RN. But they do know when someone takes the time to listen to their fears or problems. And they know when they’ve been treated like a human being rather than just one more case that comes in and goes out. It makes all the difference.

So, why should you become a CNA? There are many good reasons. Look at the list above and give it some thought; it might be just the career path you were looking for.