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    hello, my name is michelle. i am in california.
    i am a new grad. for cna and hha. i am having a hard time finding a good paying position within the nursing field.

    (i don't understand how i can possess over thirteen years of customer service experience, team leadership and can type 50+ words per minute-having 10-key knowledge as well ---i was making $16 hr + ben. with only a hs diploma... to now making on min. wage.... with schooling? how does this work? how can you go to school and be trained and loose money?!? )

    anyone in the s. ca area know of open positions within the hospitals that need a great cna with current licenses and 13 years of customer service background?

    any helpful information, on how to proceed will be greatly appreciated.

    please!??! i don't know what to do?

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    I hate to tell you this but CNA's are lucky if they get up to $14 at the max. depending on the state you live in. Here in Kansas it depends on how much experience you have as an HHA or CNA. Most places will start you at $10.25 or so an hour and you work your way up. That is how it is. If you are interested in being an NA why did you not research the financial stuff before you started? They don't care if you have customer service experience or not. ou will not make as much as you did working at your last job. Some places will hire you if you make a comittment to them and they will pay for your nursing school if you are interested but you will not be making as much until you finish your school and end your comittment with them.
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    I have been a CNA for 6 years. and it tough for me to get $12/hour in homecare. the hospitals pay better around here (even though not many are hiring!) but there are places that want to pay me $10.65/hour, and pay my friend who just became a cna 9.75/hour...ridiculous that 6 years of experience gets me 90 cents more than a new grad cna! anyway, i would try hospitals or long term care facilities. unfortunately as much as i love homecare i cant make enough to pay my mortgage doing that anymore. most long term care facilites will pay for nursing school also, however, it is a very tough feild...I am in the middle of my nursing program and its tension headaches every day! Good luck!
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    Sorry. I don't think you will find better pay, sadly. Though CNA's deserve WAY more money than that. Try an agence or per-diem if you don't need bennies, you may get a few more $/hr that way.
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    I also have years of coutomer service exp (10years)........iv been an aid for 3 years and went from making $14 an hour to 11.50 .........ur exp isnt going to help u get a better paying job though it will help u deal with unruly residents and pt...............................give them the pickle
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    The question for me is, if you can earn more in customer service, why would you want to work as a CNA?
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    yeah whats the reason
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    LOL if you become a CNA for the pay then your in the wrong profession...I didnt do it for the money and i also plan on getting my nursing licens ...I like helping people and i like medicine
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    If I left on my first day as a CNA before my shift was over, they can of course terminate me, but can that be reported as abandonment as well? I was only there several hours. Won't get into details, but it was orientation, and first day on job. (I know, I know, sounds bad, but believe me I had reasons. Although I wish I had just waited until the end of my shift).

    This was first job as CNA - have only had license a month! Please help! I will be talking to the employer today, about details of what happened, but I've read they can't report abandonment on CNA's unless you're a home health aide, or left patient in danger, etc..? I am new to all of this, and the laws. I don't think they will report me (if they can), but I'm not sure. Seems like others on here have mentioned it being like bullying....trying to scare me and make me stay?? I just need to know what to do.
    Should I call the Board of Nursing to find out? Think I will do that just in case, but appreciate your knowledge on this.
    I know it was wrong, but it was awful. I was wrong to leave that way. It was my first day, and I didn't have any "assigned" patients, but I'm really scared about this. No patient was under MY "care". I'm not making light of my actions, just stating what happened, and what I've read so far on various blogs. Thank you for your help! Oh, boy. I've never done anything like that, and would have waited had I known they can (maybe?) report me? What if they say they won't, but they do? Oh gosh, please help.
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    I don't know the law on this, but speaking off the top of my hat, it would seem that the nurse supervising you would ultimately bear the responsibility of abandonment. Unfortunately.

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