There are several entry points to a career in the nursing field. What’s best for you depends on your interests and education. You can enter the field by earning a basic Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA 1) certification. This would qualify you for an entry-level position that provides valuable hands-on experience working with staff and patients in a medical environment. With this experience, you progress through training to become a Registered Nurse. If you already have a CNA certification or experience in a nursing or long-term care you may want to pursue certification that will move you to a higher salaried position.
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Employers in this field are looking for candidates with a love of working with people that work well as part of a caregiving team and have the ability to deal with bodily fluids and bodily contact. Nursing or care-giving experience is a plus.